I’m really excited as Fantastic Team 3 prepares to lead worship this Sunday at Faith Community Church. Every time our team is on, there is a real sense of excitement, as if it were all playing together for the first time. And I think that’s the way it should be! So often, our service to God can become dutiful, as if we were just going through the motions. I am grateful for all the members of the team who practise hard and approach serving with enthusiasm!
This week, Ps Benny is continuing his series on Spiritual Warfare.
As I was preparing for this week’s worship, I sensed God speak through 2 Corinthians 2:14:
“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.”
We often see this passage as saying that “God leads us in triumph”. But I think “triumphal procession” is more correct. God doesn’t lead us into triumph because He has already brought us victory through the cross. Rather, he leads us into a triumphal procession – an act of recognising and celebrating His victory!
In Roman times, the victorious Roman army would parade through the city with the captive enemy in train. In Colossians 2:15, Paul says that “having disarmed the powers and authorities, [God] made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” Not only has God won the victory, but the captive enemy is made a public spectacle. Imagine that! This is what happens every time we praise God and testify of His goodness in our lives. When God brings healing, He also makes a mockery of disease. When He brings provision, He makes a spectacle of financial lack. When God brings salvation, He makes a statement against sin and death!
One more thought: in those days, when the winning general rides in procession, his family rides with him. That is a picture of us – the church! We did nothing to win the victory. Jesus did it all on the cross. But as His family, His brothers and sisters and co-heirs, we partake in the victory which we did not earn or achieve! What an amazing blessing!
So here are the songs for this Sunday.
// Nothing is Impossible (A)
// In Jesus’ Name (E)
// 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) (G)
// Anchor (D)
“In Jesus’ Name” is a new song from Darlene Zschech’s album Revealing Jesus. Here’s the youtube video so if you are worshipping with us this Sunday, you can learn the song beforehand.
Finally, I’m also super-excited that this Sunday I’ll be leading worship with Ps Yoy. We’ve been waiting for this moment for well over a year! We’ve led worship together in other events, but this is the first time we are doing it together in our home church! It’s going to be an awesome time in God’s presence.
Last week, I posted on an idea I had about doing a worship event right in the middle of the Perth Cultural Precinct.
I have lots of crazy ideas, but sometimes I wonder whether many of these are actually from God. So, as I prayed through this idea, I started articulating it with some fellow worshippers in our city, just to see whether it resonated with them. Surprisingly (or maybe I shouldn’t be surprised?), they all got excited about the idea.
Yesterday, I attended a conference on “Israel and the Nations” presented by David Davis and Peter Tsukahira from Kehilat haCarmel in Israel. I was really impressed by how God was fulfilling biblical prophecy in our lifetime as it pertains to Israel and the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
One of the things that really struck me was how pedestrian our concept of spiritual warfare can be compared to our Israeli brethren who are daily in the literal line of fire. As David Davis was teaching, he said that one of the keys to advancing in spiritual warfare was public worship.
And it made me think about how worshipping publicly in the middle of Perth’s cultural precinct might not only be a display of God’s glory in our city, but might also somehow be a means to advancing God’s kingdom.
One of the things that is becoming more clear to me is that when we do this worship event, it will be just that: worship and nothing else. Yes, we will be musically excellent, but we won’t worry about impressive riffs and intros. We won’t worry about choosing “seeker friendly” songs. We will be focussed solely on exalting the name of Jesus publicly in our city. And as we do, we wait with expectation that God might answer with the fire of His presence and turn the hearts of the lost to Him.