What Expressions In Worship Are Acceptable?

Have you ever been critical of someone who expresses worship different than you? The answer for many of us is yes! We were all raised in different worship cultures and have different backgrounds.

Depending on the denomination you were, it may be “acceptable” to raise your hands, dance, and shout out to God. Others may find this to feel unnatural and inauthentic.

Is one of these ways more biblical than the other? Let's look at what the Bible says about expression during worship.

Diversity In Corporate Worship

Diversity In Corporate Worship

Genesis Community Church has always placed a high value on diversity. When we planted the church we strategically planted in an area that had a diverse population.

We prayed that God would make us diverse like the community we were in. Then…He did.

He blessed us and grew our church using many different types of people. I’ve heard so many first time visitors express the awesomeness of the diversity we have! God is good! He has done some amazing things in our church.

Just as we value diversity in the way we look, we also value diversity in the things we do. As pastor of worship, I desire that our corporate worship time be diverse. I love looking down from the stage during worship and seeing so many different types of people singing and glorifying our great God together!

Too Many New Songs Discourage Congregational Singing

Too Many New Songs Discourage Congregational Singing

Why do we have a short list of songs we sing from at Genesis Community Church? This is a great question. Just like everything else we do here at Genesis, there is a reason why.

When we sing in corporate worship on Sundays, we want it to be just that, corporate! We don’t want our worship time to be a performance by the band. Our time of singing is not a place for someone to show off their sweet skills.

Our corporate worship time is a time where we can all come together and sing praises to our God together. We highly value the involvement of the congregation during this time. There is nothing that gets my blood pumping more than hearing the children of God singing loudly together in worship!

God's People Regularly Sing With Joy And Passion

God's People Regularly Sing With Joy And Passion

Why do we do what we do at Genesis Community Church? Last week we looked at why we value singing new songs in the church. Psalm 98:1 says to “sing to the Lord a new song”. We never want to stop writing, singing, and searching for new creative songs to sing to the Lord! This week we will further examine the Psalms and see what they say about worship. Look at what Psalm 98:4-6 says about worship...

We Have A New Song To Sing

We Have A New Song To Sing

One of the greatest disagreements among churches today is music.

  • Do we sing hymns?
  • Do we use instruments?
  • How loud are the drums supposed to be?
  • Can people raise their hands?
  • Can you turn the volume down?
  • Can you turn the volume up?

The questions can go on and on!

In the last blog post, I explained that here at Genesis Community Church we want to be transparent and clear as to why we do what we do. This includes our music styles and preferences.