Growing in Understanding
I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding.
1 Corinthians 14:15 NIV
As we enter the 2019-2020 ministry year, we begin by directing our attention toward a verse that will guide much of what we do in this new year. Last year, our verse was Psalm 95:1-2, which spoke of coming before the Lord with thanksgiving. I believe that as a result of focusing on this verse over the past year, our worship has become more joyful and more Spirit-filled. We will continue growing in this direction, but in 2019-2020 we will begin to focus a bit more on learning about why we do what we do in worship. We will focus upon the key term of “understanding.”
The apostle Paul wrote this verse from 1 Corinthians 14 with the context of the two preceding chapters, which focus upon the use of spiritual gifts, especially speaking in tongues. Paul reminds the Corinthian Christians in chapter 14 that worship must be intelligible. Meaning that everyone must be able to understand and participate in worship for it to be edifying and formative. Truthfully, much of what we do in worship is formed as much by the culture we have inherited, or the worship culture that is marketed, as it is by any biblical foundation.
This year, we will closely examine many of our worship practices in both services and trace their biblical foundations. We will also consider how our services can best learn from one another and grow together to support the mission of Trinity Baptist Church.
I want to close this article by mentioning a program for which I give thanks each and every week. Our Music Scholars for the 2019-2020 school year are now all in place, and we currently have 11 student musicians. These students range from college sophomores to graduate students, and they are each excited about sharing their talents with Trinity Baptist Church.
I’m grateful that we can provide a church home for them during their time in college, and that we will be providing a place for them to engage their passion for music with their faith in Christ. I’m extremely encouraged that many of them are becoming leaders in our college ministry, and have already become deeply integrated into the life of the church. More information will soon be coming your way about these students, and I want to encourage each of you to pray for them and their educational pursuits.