LESSON 3: Psalmody international School of Worship Level 2

LESSON 3: Psalmody international School of Worship Level 2

Hi this is my recap of lesson 3 of the course which I have decided to follow, this is not intended to be a full article or bible study but is just me picking out the key topics and themes I got from Lesson 3.

This lesson is titled ‘BREAKTHROUGH WORSHIPERS 1’, and it really is about how through worship we find ourselves breaking away from the dark into the light and reaching new spiritual levels, Tom writes:

“They are not content with the status quo and are pushing through with prevailing prayer and continual worship into spiritual territories of authority in Christ

When we exalt God above ourselves we are allowing Him to take authority and when He takes authority He is then able to take greater action over our circumstances, ( I know I am repeating what has been said before , but the Holy Spirit really is a gentleman He won’t take action unless you ask for it). In the workbook there are some steps mentioned to overcome the hindrances of sin which are as written:

  • Confess the sin
  • Focus on God’s grace
  • Cast down vain imaginations- any thought contrary to God’s
  • Be quick to praise God
  • Give God thanks*

Something which perhaps resonated with me was on point 6 in the Lesson ‘overcoming the hindrance of pride’. I’ve been wanting to know what it means to be humble for I guess there is something humbling about worship because we are turning our attention from ourselves onto Him and magnifying Him above anything and everything else. It is in our humility that the Lord does exalt us.

But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him

Daniel 5:20

*I know I wrote something on this but can not seem to find them , but there is a difference between giving Thanks and giving Praise

LESSON 2: Psalmody international School of Worship Level 2

LESSON 2: Psalmody international School of Worship Level 2

Hi this is my recap of lesson 2 of the course which I have decided to follow, this is not intended to be a full article or bible study but is just me picking out the key topics and themes I got from Lesson 2.

One analogy which I found quite profound was the comparison between our Worship and our dependency on air to survive. Our very being was created to worship, we have been fashioned and sown into the season that we are currently in for a reason, however in the same manner that we can not expect to wake-up without oxygen, we can not expect to function as a whole and not a broken spiritual and living being without worship. Worship is so innate that we can not help but to worship, when we attend a sporting event and hear the crowd cheer for their favourite team are they not cheering and praising in one accord, are they not showing their adoration to their team by chanting along or wearing their team’s colours? We can not help but to worship but often at times we have misdirected our worship and our attention from the one who truly deserves it.

The reason why God created you, to know Him personally, worship Him intimately, and serve Him willingly. Life makes no sense without pursuing God relentlssly in order to worship Him.

Tom Inglis

The very thing within us that causes us to want to praise is our breath, Psalm 150:6 says ‘Let everything that has breath praise the Lord’. It is our breath that praises God, in fact, that same breath is what was breathed into Adam’s nostrils and the beginning of man in Genesis 2:7, it is that same breath, God’s breath, God’s Spirit, God’s presence that causes us to want to worship. The more we worship the closer His presence and the more intimate we become with His Spirit and in James 4:8 we are instructed to ‘Draw near to God and He will draw near to you’. When we worship we are acknowledging Him in our lives and how he dwells within us, 1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you’,

‘This is the basis of a lifestyle of worship, it’s your response to an ever-abiding intimate loving God irrespective of circumstances in your life.

Something else that caught my attention in this lessons was that we were created to establish God’s kingdom, the love of God operating through the worshiper is the only basis upon which God will allow His kingdom to be built. When we read a script it is sometimes hard to know what the author or director intends until we speak to them directly then we can have a clearer vision

LESSON 1: Psalmody international School of Worship Level 2

LESSON 1: Psalmody international School of Worship Level 2

Hi this is my recap of lesson 1 of the course which I have decided to follow, this is not intended to be a full article or bible study but is just me picking out the key topics and themes I got from Lesson 1.

The lesson focused on getting a general understanding of what worship is, as I read the first few pages I could not help but to be reminded of Romans 8:22 ‘For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with labour pains until now’. What made me remember this scripture the most, is that through this scripture I learnt that everything is alive and has its own sound, that everything on this earth can groan and even in the groaning God hears creation. God created creation to have the ability to worship from the mountains to the minuscule creatures that wander the Earth ‘ All the earth will worship you and sing praise to you, they will sing praise to your name’ (Psalm 66:4).

  • Starts praise Him- Psalm 148:3, 65:13
  • Valleys sing- Isaiah 44:23; 49:13
  • Mountains sing- Isaiah 55:12
  • Trees sing – 1 Chronicles 16:33
  • Heavens sing Isaiah 44:23; 49:13
  • Waste places sing – Isaiah 52; 1 Chronicles 16:32
  • Seas roar a praise- Psalm 98:7; 69:34

Even the Angels worship and praise the Lord. So with this in mind you then begin to wonder why God would need our praise and worship… honestly he doesn’t… God is still God irrespective of our worship or not, we are perhaps the ones in need of worship more. In that state of worship, there is a level of humility that one reaches when all else holds little importance, in that state of worship as a daily lifestyle we are acknowledging God’s significance over everything else and we allow for His authority to take action within and around us. I love it when Tom Inglis ( author of course) writes

“when we worship Him we enthrone Him in our lives and circumstances and His power is released to dethrone everything contrary to His will for our lives”

When we worship all else bows before God, sickness , poverty ( you name it) must come under submission because we through our act of worship have lifted the name of God above any principalities here on Earth and in Spirit (Ephesians 6).

To conclude

Another scripture that I was reminded of was Psalm 30:9 , ‘What gain is there in my death, in my descending to the Pit? Will the dust praise you? will it proclaim Your truth’

This scripture was one of my go-to prayers, I a human was created to worship the Lord of all in all that I do, I have no other true ability besides that as this is something innate within me ( and you) that even the rocks though they can praise you, Lord, it is not the same… So let me worship and praise you forevermore as that is the best offering I could ever give.

Psalmody: international school of worship

The other day whilst clearing one of the rooms in the house, I stumbled on this booklet that my mother had received from our church as part of a course that she took many years back.

This booklet is:

‘ SCHOOL IF WORSHIP

LEVEL TWO

lifestyle principle of worship

By Tom Inglis

Now , I have never taken part in this course and I thought it would be a novel idea to follow through the pages in this booklet with you all.

The whole aim of this ministry is ‘to help people get to know God more and worship Him’ and to apply ‘worship as a lifestyle

There are 13 chapters to thus course as follows:

  1. Worship Overview
  2. Created to worship
  3. Breakthrough worship – 1
  4. Breakthrough worship -2
  5. Breakthrough worship – 3
  6. Covenant worship
  7. Kingdom worship
  8. Worship in the New Testament
  9. Prayer & Worship
  10. Remembrance & worship
  11. Confession & worship
  12. Celebrate your freedom
  13. Delivering power of thanksgiving

I would like to state that I hold no rights or claims to this booklet and instead encourage all of you to visit this link if you want to follow along with me on a weekly basis as I go through the booklet.

The first post for this course will be on May 7th, 2019. So I hope to see you then.

🙂

Do Christians worship Three Gods or One?

Do Christians worship Three Gods or One?

Simple Answer: We worship only ONE God.

Longer Explanation:

The God with whom we worship is a tripartite being, which is a fancy way of saying He consists of three persons in one often referred to as the Trinity. These ‘persons’ do not operate as separate entities but are in constant harmony with one another. Their thoughts, breath everything is in sync, in their unison they are GOD. These persons are:

  • The Father
  • The Son
  • The Holy Spirit

STILL CONFUSED!!!

In my early understanding I used to think that these 3 persons were a symbol of Gods character or a way in which we could understand him. As a father we could understand him to be loving and patient like a parent, as a son an example of how God wants us to be and how willing he is to humble himself before us so that he could be with us and the Holy Spirit the power of God. However, with time I came to realise that they are not characteristcs of God but are persons

Okay. This is an extract taken from one of the Fall for Christ posts, although it is not an accurate representation of the dynamics of the trinity it did help me to have some understanding

God created us with a body, soul and spirit, but when Adam ate of the apple in Genesis 3, His act of disobedience separated Him from God (this was the death which God warned would occur). As mentioned in Seeing Greater Things, God is Spirit and we can only understand Him when we ourselves move beyond fleshly understanding and into spiritual understanding. This is why God often communicates with our Spirit rather than with our Body or Soul because our spiritual self can perceive the spiritual things, in the same manner our earthly body can perceive the invisible wind blowing. So when Adam fell, our Spirit self died immediately, and the line of communication between God and us was separated because we could no longer perceive Gods thoughts and ways as we did before, and because your Body, Soul and Spirit are so connected when one dies the rest soon follow (they have been made weaker without a channel to God) and have been made vulnerable to sin and its effects such as sickness, deceitful hearts etc

It is our physical structure where our Spirit and Soul resides in. When we die it is the part that is buried in the ground.

Is an eternal part of our being, and acts as our Mind, making decisions. It holds emotions and can house good or bad things.

Is the part of our being that can hear and speak with God in Spirit and Truth. However, the spirit-man is dead in most of mankind.

From this I could begin to understand how the Holy Spirit , The Father and the Son could be one God and not 3 because in as much as My body, Soul and Spirit operate as 3 persons they are utlimatly, one individual and that individual is me. However, 3 weeks before starting the ‘Fall for Christ February’ series I stumbled on something that honestly made me question whether I had the right to do this series as all my prior understanding of who God is was shattered, and I honestly felt like I was re-starting as a new believer from the ground up. One of the commentary books that I was reading in preparation for the series ( I think it might have been John McArthur or the DAKE) pointed something out in John 1: 32-34:

And John [the baptist] testified, “I watched the Spirit descending
from heaven like a dove, and He rested on Him [Jesus]”

John 1:32

In this verse John the Baptist witnessed the physical presence of both Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit in one location as two seperate persons. This made me realise that perhaps I can not contain God to my physical understanding of the ‘body, soul and spirit’, for in as much as I have them they don’t present themselves as 3 seperate persons visible to everyone besides myself. So in as much as my previous undertsanding helped me to understand the unity of the trinity it was not able to grasp the depths of God and why he wants us to be part of His harmony (John 17:21).

Now I am not a scientist, my understanding of the world is through the analysis of political literature not maths or astro-physics or anything that is formulaic. However, there is an ‘thought’ that Einsten brought about concerning space dimensions, I think the video below will help me explain a bit better.

I urge you to watch the full video before continuing to read the rest of this post

4th Dimensions

All I know is that we worship one God, and God’s persons serve to function different purposes though they are not limited to just one function. I think this is why Christ often uses the ‘body of Christ’ as a representation of the trinity. We, the church represent the body of Christ, but there are many churches across the world and we all speak different languages, we all look different from one another, we follow different customs and purposes, some churches have been formed specifically to reach out to young people, or to people living in gang culture, or to people living under a different faith such as buddhism or even atheism–> But, ultimatly we make up a unified entity that amalgamates (fuses us) us so that we ultimatly look and sound and talk as a single body with Christ as the head.

I still haven’t been able to grasp the full depth of God but I hope to soon move past my 2D perspective and go beyond 3D. I end this post with one of my favourite scriputres:

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when the perfect comes, the partial will cometo an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put aside childish things…. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known

1 Corinthians 13: 9-12

Breakfast at the Beach

Breakfast at the Beach
Hi thank you for joining us on the Fall For Christ Series, if you would like to receive a FREE PDF copy of the entire series as well as other notes please email Starting With Jesus before the 20th February 2019 with the subject line #FFCF and you should hopefully receive the online #FFCF pack sometime in March.

We have finally reached the end of the Fall For Christ February series into the Book of John and it has been a true blessing within my own life. Perhaps more so than coming to terms with being the disciple in whom Jesus loves, I have come to appreciate and understand Jesus more as someone far more important than my initial perspective. I have come to understand that Christ took such a big step for us to show that He loves and knows us and now it is my turn to get to know Him too. I don’t know what your experience has been through this series but I pray that it has changed and altered your understanding of Christ and has strengthed you greatly.

The tomb door was opened to show the disciples that Christ had risen

Our faith as Christians is rooted within the last chapters found in the Book of John, that Jesus Christ died on the cross, buried and rose after 3 days. Even in death, Christ saw His Earthly mother and made provisions to ensure her well-being and only when He saw ‘that everything was now accomplished’ (John 19:28) did he relinquish His Spirit from His physical body, all things that had connected Him to the Father was given up as He descended to hell to reclaim the keys to death so that the devil would have no hold over death concerning our lives, in this act He had to put His full trust in the Holy Spirit that the Holy Spirit would raise Him up again once he had completed His mission. Not only had he given up His position in heaven but also His relations on Earth.

When Jesus died on the cross His body was taken down and placed in a new tomb covered with spices. Now having risen from the dead, the stone that covered the tomb had been rolled aside not to allow Jesus’ resurrected body out, as from John 19:19 we know that His resurrected body was not restricted to man-made borders as he appeared to the disciples who had locked themselves in a room. However, the stone had been rolled aside as evidence that He had risen, even the linen cloth that had wrapped His dead mortal body were put aside and the ‘wrapping that had been on His head was not lying with the linen cloths but was folded in a separate place by itself’ (John 20:7), an indication that Christ’s body had not been stolen or taken in haste, for mere thieves would not have spent such effort removing the linen nor would they have bothered to fold the cloths neatly in a haste.

As a new man Jesus was no longer restricted, before His ministry was restricted because He could only be in one place at a time however, having ‘breathed’ on the disciples in order that they ‘receive the Holy Spirit’ (John 20:22) in the same manner that God ‘breathed the breath of life’ (Genesis 2:7) into Adams nostril so that ‘man became a living being’ (Genesis 2:7), so was Christ breathing into the disciples earthly body so that they could begin operating as a new living being, one in whom carried Christ’s spirit. His resurrection not only confirmed His deity but to the disciples, it brought about peace, for when Christ ‘said to them “peace be with you”‘ (John 19:19)His words were not hollow greetings but meant much more to their fearful and sorrowful souls. Why Christ appeared to Mary Magdalene first, I am not certain of, but what is known is that her crying stopped. In John 16:20-22, Jesus having anticipated the sadness His disciples experienced, described their sorrow like that of a woman wailing in labour pains but soon having given birth ( having seen a resurrected Christ and having received the new breath of life that Christ breathed to the disciples), her suffering would turn to joy.

There are many other miracles and signs that Christ performed that are not recorded in either John or the other books, but what is recorded is there to show or tell us something important so that we may believe, this was essentially the purpose of John writing His gospel. However, it seems strange that after having explained all, John continues His book with Chapter 21, why is this?

In Chapter 21, the disciples seemingly return back to their profession before they followed Christ, however, as new men in Christ all their efforts were pointless without Christ. Having spent the entire night trying to catch fish, they were met the following morning by Jesus Christ who was waiting on shore for them having prepared them *fish and bread for breakfast, separate food to what the disciples had miraculously caught through Christ’s intervention ( please read John 21:1-14). After what they had experienced within the previous days, this was certainly a strange day to be eating with the resurrected Christ. Once they had finished eating, Christ then spoke and addressed Peter who had previously in Chapter 18 denied Christ 3 times but now in Chapter 21 He was restored by accepting Christ as His love. In Aramaic ( the language which these disciples who were from Galilee would have spoken in), the word for love ‘Hooba’ which is taken from the root word that means ‘to set on fire’would have mostly been used when Christ asked Peter ‘Do you love me more than these?’ (John 21:15) which we can understand as ‘ Do you burn in love for me more than these?’, ‘these’ probably in reference to the other disciples whom Peter had claimed to be more righteous and devoted then them in chapter 13. However, by the third time Christ had asked this question, Peter was ‘grieved’ (John 21:17) and humbled by His actions in John 18: 15-18 where He denied Christ despite His self-righteousness in Chapter 13. Peter was grieved and nearly in tears confessing his burning love for Jesus, His self-righteousness now removed.

Following Christ is not about how long you pray, or how great you are than someone else, it is about appreciating and lavishing in Christ’s presence. When we focus our attention on ourselves, we forget who Christ is , the whole series was designed to encoruage us to turn our attention on to Christ Jesus and not on our own self-proclaimed abilities and righteousness, in so doing may we fall deeper in love with Him.

*A reminder of the miracle of the 5 loaves and 2 fish which can be found in Chapter 6 of the Book of John