Making Worship too big a Deal

Hopefully the title of this post caught your eye and you thought to yourself, “Impossible!”  If so, you are correct.

Worship is the reason that we exist –to actively take pleasure in God.  Why?  Because God created us to worship, God commands us to worship, and God compels us to worship through the gospel.  So no, we cannot make worship “too big a deal.”  The title of this post is referring to the church’s weekly Sunday morning gatherings (or Saturday nights if you go to a hipster church that serves coffee and people wear blue jeans).

So you’re saying that church can be TOO important?

It’s not that we can necessarily enjoy a worship service too much.  “Welp there goes my pastor  again -preaching Jesus and being too faithful to the Scriptures.”  No one says that.  The problem isn’t that we are finding too much value in the weekend worship service but that we tend to put more weight on the weekend worship gathering than it was intended to have.  For instance, I love my wife; I would even argue that I can’t love my wife too much.  BUT it is very possible for me to love Lauren wrongly.  If I hang my ultimate hope on her instead of on Jesus, I heap an unbearable burden on her and our relationship is distorted.  In the same way, if we focus all our energy on worshipping God only when the weekend service rolls around, we will find ourselves dissatisfied, discouraged, and we will miss God’s intentions for the gathered church.  Here’s some symptoms to help gauge weather or not you are putting too much weight on the weekend service:

1. Song selection becomes SO important that you have “worship wars” over styles and preferences.

2. If you don’t “feel” it during the service, and you start to wonder if God’s calling you to attend another church. You’ll say things like, “My needs just aren’t being met there.”

3. You start to feel like church is more about taking and less about giving.  Since you haven’t been feeding on God’s Word during the week, you find yourself completely ravished by the time Sunday morning rolls around. You think, “It’s not DEEP enough for me.”

4. You find that you’re not really encountering God’s presence when you show up for worship, and quite frankly, you quit expecting to meet with Jesus at church.

When we don’t put weight on personal, day-to-day worship, we will wrongly view our weekend worship time as a church body.  God wants you to serve the church and be served by the church.  Time together on Sunday morning is meant to be a good time of worshipping Jesus as a collective bride as you love your brothers and sisters.  Weekend worship is not the ultimate time of worship where pastors and church leaders are meant to entertain you and/or meet all of your felt needs.  How unrealistic is that?  Do you not know that your body is a temple for the Holy Spirit of God? (1 Cor. 6:19).  Do you not know that the same power that raised Christ from the dead dwells in your mortal flesh? (2 Cor 4:11).  Jesus tore the veil so God’s presence can be freely accessed at all times, by all people, in all locations.  Why not worship God now?  As you do laundry, give the kids a bath, decide which movie to watch with your spouse, every moment is opportunity to enjoy God’s presence uniquely.  If you worship God during the week, then maybe -just maybe, you will find your continued celebration of God and his gospel on Sunday morning becoming sweeter and sweeter.

My Favorite Kickstarter Reward

So for those of you wondering which Kickstarter Reward Package I like best, you might be wrong.  It’s not the $2,500 reward package (although I wouldn’t be upset if you chose that one).  My favorite is the $75+ package.  Heres what it entails:

1. My Soul to Save EP in Digital Form (pre-released)
2. Love Has Come (the new full-length album) in Digital Form (pre-released)
3. A signed copy of Love Has Come mailed to your doorstep (pre-released)
4. A postcard thanking you for your Support in this God-sized project
5. Jason Waller t-shirt (you won’t have to sacrifice your swag to wear this bad boy)
6. Twitter Shout-Out (Holla at yo generous self!)
7. A Signed Limited Edition copy of My Soul to Save EP (only 100 in Print and  currently just 65 left).  It’s custom too.  Only one person in the world will have one like yours.  I bet you’ll be able to sell it on eBay for millions, but who would want to do that!

There’s less than three days for you to pledge, pre-order, & help make my first full-length album happen.  Click here to do so!

My Soul To Save EP

EP Cover

“My Soul to Save” is a short three-song album that aims to highlight and “kickstart” what I have to offer you guys with my first full-length album that I hope to record this summer, “Love Has Come“.  Here’s a quick break-down of each song:

Track 1 “Righteous Deeds”

“Righteous Deeds” confronts the judgmental mentality that creeps into our hearts so easily today in the church.  The reality is that even the “best” people in life never get over God’s grace.  God never intended for us to grow out of grace but rather to grow deeper in his grace that was ultimately shown to us in the gospel -Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.

Track 2 “Consumed (Psalm 103)”

A direct singing of and responding to Psalm 103.  This song takes a look at who God is and what he has done to bring us into relationship with him through Jesus.  How can we not respond with humble joy?  The chorus rings, “We lift one voice to the God who makes us sing.  Bless the Lord for he has healed our disease.  Lift his name; bring him praise, for he has died to set us free.  We are consumed by the goodness of our King.”

Track 3 “My Soul To Save”

My Soul to Save highlights how God uses the cross of Christ as his instrument for salvation.  While this song celebrates the gospel and God’s sovereignty in our salvation, it also demands a response from us -redeemed people live on mission with God.  Period.  We often ask what God’s will is for our life rather than asking God what his desires are?  What does he want in this life?  He wants to bring glory to himself by changing lives through the gospel, and he wants to do so through us!  As a church we forget our purpose far too often -at least I do!

You can get the short album on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Rhapsody, and other digital distributers starting April 9th.  You can also get the digital copy of this short album with any pledge of $5+ If you want to support my upcoming full-length album “Love Has Come” (go here to do so).  Since the primary purpose of this short album is to promote my first professionally recorded full-length album, I decided not to make physical copies of it for sale.  In fact, there will only be 100 copies in print.  To get the limited edition physical copy of “My Soul to Save EP,” go to my Kickstarter page (funding period ends April 20th, so hurry!).  Your personalized album will look something like this:

MSTS Example