The Disciplines That Can Help Worship Leaders Be Spirit-Filled

“Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.” (Ephesians 5:18b-19)

Successful, but Unspiritual

Samson was born to lead. The Lord blessed him and filled him with the Holy Spirit (Judges 13:24-25, 14:6,15:14). As Israel’s appointed judge, he fought their battles and defeated their enemies with immense, matchless strength. He was the quintessential picture of power and success among God’s people during a very dark time.

But as we all know, the story takes a tragic turn: Samson shared the truth about his strength with the infamous Delilah, whom the Philistines had hired to seduce him and find out his secret. Consequently, she exploited Samson’s secret, and thus when the Philistines came for him, “he did not know that the Lord had left him. And the Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes and bound him” (Judges 16:20-21).

The Spirit of God left Samson and he didn’t even know it. His overconfident, presumptuous sense of success desensitized him to God’s absence. Worship leader, if the Spirit were to leave your ministry today, would you even notice? Would his absence make any difference in the way you sing, plan, manage your time, relate with your team, etc?

Many worship leaders today maintain an appearance of success, but their lives are void of Spiritual power. Sure, we might make great music; we may execute our set lists each week with seamless precision; we might have excellent production value, but without the Holy Spirit’s power, it’s all smoke and mirrors. Apart from him, there is no success; only pretense and illusion. Therefore we must learn to lead by the power of the Spirit, or like Samson in Philistine custody we will be blinded and bound by the deceitfulness of sin.

Be Filled With the Spirit

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Singing Songs Isn’t Worship

This is aimed at children’s ministry, but has implications for us all.


If worship were simply singing songs, much of the New Testament wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense. For example…

Romans 12:1 (NIV) Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

Hebrews 13:15 (NIV) Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.

Continual singing? That doesn’t make sense. And how can we offer our bodies as a living sacrifice merely through song? There’s got to be more to the equation.

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The 5 Pillars Of Worship Leading

8 Indicators Worship Music Is Not Good

How Singing the Psalms Provides a Fixed Point for Theological Expression and Growth

It has been widely reported that the state of modern Christendom in Western society is one where millions of people are being reached “a mile wide”—that is, with quality family-based programs, culturally engaging messages and entertaining music—but often only “an inch deep.” Theologically, the average church attender today is purported to have more knowledge about the drink choices at the church espresso bar than the foundational tenants of the gospel he or she claims to fully believe and follow. There is a real degree of truth to these reports; in fact, songs written for 19th and 20th century children to feast on are now thought too meaty for 21st century adults to digest.

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10 Reflections on Worship Leaders

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