Who Initiates Worship?


Worship leaders may not realize that the singing of even well-written songs and hymns without any reference to the Scriptures may wrongly communicate that the songs or hymns sung in the service have the ability to serve as both the initiators of God’s revealed truth and the means of congregational response to God.

Congregational singing does not initiate worship, God does. Songs don’t call people to worship, God does – through His Word. He speaks, we listen. He commands, we obey. He calls, we answer. He invites us to worship him, we attend and respond. It must be made clear that God is the inviter and initiator of corporate worship.

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