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So,  as a worship leader, have you traveled down this road yet?  To lead worship from the keyboard? Sure, it’s easier to have the full band and team behind you to support and fill in any gaps. But there are times where you might be called upon to provide this function in leading worship – possibly by yourself – just you and your keyboard. It does not diminish the effectiveness of worship at all if you keep a few things in mind.

For me, it changed my approach to playing a bit. I’m usually directing the band (I’m primarily an organist) and supporting a worship leader. But for this, I had to simplify my playing. It became more simple and rhythmic. (Speaking from the times that I didn’t have a drummer – that was hard to adjust to.) But the focus was to make sure that the lyric came across and in such a way that I could help engage the congregation in the worship experience. From the exhortation to helping the worshippers grasp the lyrics in such a short time, the approach was a major shift for me in the beginning.

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What’s In A Song? Tuning Our Hearts By Kevin Twit

“Don’t become so well adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without thinking.”Romans 12:2 paraphrased in The Message1

Recently public television aired a documentary entitled, “The Merchants of Cool.” The program revealed how the various media conglomerates shape our understanding of what “cool” is, and then steer the buying taste of our youth in this regard. Working with college students, I found this very relevant and so I invited some students over to watch the program. The show featured people like MTV’s vice president of brand strategy who described how they go about identifying what “cool” is, and then how they sell that message to our youth. After watching the program, one student said something I found quite perceptive. We were talking about how we as Christians can be set free from slavery to the culture’s idea of what it means to be cool. This student raised his hand and asked, “How can we can be set free from trying to be cool when churches seek to hire ‘cool’ youth directors? All I could say was, “That’s a good question.” It is an excellent question!

The culture does squeeze us, even in the Church. When we come together in worship it is to have our sanity restored. It is about the restoring of what God says is true about life, rather than being squeezed by the message our culture preaches. Worship is about restoring our sanity because we so often live in a sort of insanity! When we believe that we earn God’s favor by what we do, when we believe we can manipulate God to do whatever we want, we are not living in line with reality. That is living in a fantasy world. The world we actually live in is the world in which God loves us because of His great mercy in Christ. Yet we rarely live like that.

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I wrote Worship Matters primarily for people involved in leading corporate worship, but I’ve been told that it’s helpful for anyone who wants to grow in their understanding and practice of biblical worship.
The book has four parts: The Leader, The Task, Healthy Tensions, and Right Relationships. In the first section I talk about what we love, what we believe, what we practice, and what we model. In part two I unpack my proposed definition of a worship leader: A faithful worship leader magnifies the greatness of God in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit by skillfully combining God’s Word with music, thereby motivating the gathered church to proclaim the gospel, to cherish God’s presence, and to live for God’s glory. In section three, I describe nine “healthy tensions” that are essential to God-honoring worship. In the last section, I talk about a worship leader’s relationship with his church, his team, and his pastor. The book ends with a chapter written to pastors.
Worship Matters

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Bob Kauflin sang the song “All I Have is Christ” at Resolved 2010. The song “All I Have is Christ” was written by his son Jordan Kauflin with some motivation and help from Bob. See lyrics below.

The Vimeo link to Bob Kauflin singing “All I Have is Christ” at Resolved 2010:

Bob Kauflin Leads Worship at Resolved 2010 from Resolved on Vimeo.

All I Have is Christ

I once was lost in darkest night
Yet thought I knew the way
The sin that promised joy and life
Had led me to the grave
I had no hope that You would own
A rebel to Your will
And if You had not loved me first
I would refuse You still
But as I ran my hell-bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross
And I beheld God’s love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace

Hallelujah! All I have is Christ
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life

Now, Lord, I would be Yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow Your commands
Could never come from me
Oh Father, use my ransomed life
In any way You choose
And let my song forever be
My only boast is You

The song “All I Have is Christ” as sung by Devon Kauflin on the guitar.

Quotes from Bob Kauflin’s book “Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God“:

Worship matters. It matters to God because he is the one ultimately worthy of all worship. It matters to us because worshiping God is the reason for which we were created. And it matters to every worship leader, because we have no greater privilege than leading others to encounter the greatness of God. That’s why it’s so important to think carefully about what we do and why we do it.

How to Think About Technology in Worship
We who lead worship use technology for a variety of reasons. Sometimes we like it because it’s trendy. Sometimes we imitate “successful” churches. Sometimes we think of it as a hook to catch younger, technologically-savvy people for our worship services. Sometimes we use technology simply because we can.

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To be sure, this topic is largely a side theme on the central issue of what constitutes true Biblical worship. Frame’s earlier volume, Worship in Spirit and Truth: A Refreshing Study of the Principles and Practice of Biblical Worship,1 deals with this. He gives a fairly balanced approach in showing the inherent inconsistencies of those who hold to a very strict understanding of the regulative principle of worship and those who place very few restrictions on their worship.

Early-on, Frame makes a distinction between “contemporary Christian music” (CCM) (“celebrity driven”) and “Contemporary worship music” (CWM) (“song-driven”) (p. 65). He recognizes freely that many CWM songs are poorly constructed and shallow theologically, but cautions against painting all pieces in this genre with the same brush. He makes the fair assertion that all musical styles throughout history have had many poor quality examples, but time winnows out the bad, and hopefully the few gems remain. CWM has not had the luxury of time to discard the many poor examples.

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