When I first came to NCC in 2010, I had little experience
with the multi-site model, especially with the way that worship teams flow and
function. I basically thought it was a bunch of bands, at a bunch of campuses,
doing their own thing, and just leading worship as best they can. Over the past
4 years, I’ve learned that it’s so much more than that, first working under
Steph Modder (our previous Worship Coordinator), and then stepping into the
Worship Director role at the end of 2012. Our 714 team thought it may be
helpful to provide some thoughts about multi-site worship by not only lending
our voice, but also connecting with some influential multi-site churches around
the country, to hear how they roll. Multi-site is quickly becoming a “norm”
rather than a “weird”, and as churches are expanding their vision to reach more
people for the Gospel,...
the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And
then he told me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and
true.” And he also said, “it is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega – the
Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the
springs of the water of life.”
“It is finished”. Those were the
final words of Christ, and today we celebrate the beginnings of how that work
began. Today marks in history the Genesis of redemption. The Genesis of hope.
The Genesis of being made new.
Christ is who Isaiah anticipated, who John pointed to, and
who Mary and Joseph’s obedience made history for. Jesus is the perfect
representation God’s image. His birth is the pinnacle reminder that we can be remade,
Shadows of a coming savior flickered through the Jewish
scriptures for more than a millennia.
In Genesis 3 God proclaims that the offspring of woman will
bruise Satan’s head. In 2 Samuel 7 he
promises David his descendants will reign forever, and the prophet Isaiah waxes
poetic about the coming of the Christ.
This anticipation reached a fever pitch on the eve of Jesus’
birth. The Jews were eagerly expecting a
savior to come at any moment to free them from Roman oppression.
The stage was set for the coming of Jesus, the Son of God,
the Savior of the world, but he came unexpectedly, not as a military hero who
would overthrow imperial rule and re-establish Jewish independence. Rather he came as the suffering servant, the
baby born amongst the barn animals to a teenage girl.
Yet he comes as the redeemer,...
“Fear not: for,
behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”
As the calendar flips to the third week of the Advent
season, we enter into a season of joy. The waiting, anticipation, repentance,
and preparation have paved the way for rejoicing. It’s also the season to
reflect on obedience, which is not a word we often associate with the Christmas
season. Or at least we have not associated it with Christmas since the days of
early childhood, when we prayed Santa had not relegated us to the naughty list
for disobedient behavior. Somehow, our understanding of the relationship
between joy and obedience was reduced to believing that obedience would equal
gifts in the stockings, but that is such an incomplete and inadequate
understanding of the true link between joy and obedience.
When we experience...