The purpose of a worship leader is not just about leading people into the presence of God.
The Presence of God is not a fix that only comes over someone when they’re overcome by some song (although music can certainly help us develop a greater awareness of the presence of God). Christians have the presence of God within us through the Holy Spirit who lives within us once we express our faith in Jesus.
Jesus said in John 15, I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.
The purpose of a worship leader is not just about leading people into the presence of God. It’s about doing something much deeper. It’s about remaining in the presence of God, listening to His voice, hearing from Him, and living a fully devoted Christian life. It’s about studying and obeying God’s Word, tithing, and giving sacrificially for the advancement of the Kingdom of God. It’s about making disciples and caring about the spiritual well being of those you lead. It’s about taking up our cross daily, dying to ourselves, and allowing Jesus to be the one that everything’s about. It’s about cooperating with other pastors and leaders to accomplish the purposes God has called your specific church or campus to complete.
Leading people into God’s presence is not enough. Worship Leaders have to live His presence.
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