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  • Writer's pictureKrista Bontrager

What's the Big Deal About Worship?

Quality worship has come to be judged based on its upbeat music and laser light shows. How can we get beyond that and back to what the Bible says about worship? We talked about this with our friends and recording artists, Seth and Nirva.

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Interview with Seth and Nirva

Seth and Nirva are a husband and wife worship team. Together, they write and record their own music, they travel and speak around the country, and they do music ministry. Nirva is also an Assistant Professor of music at Liberty University.

We had a wonderful, thought-provoking, and FUN conversation with Seth and Nirva. Be sure to watch the whole episode! Here are a few highlights from the conversation:

What is worship??

  • Your whole life lived for God

  • Romans 12:1 "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship."

  • From the Life with God Bible: "Expressing in words, music, rituals, and even silent adoration, the greatness, beauty, and goodness of God by means of which we enter into the supernatural reality of His glory."

  • Louie Giglio: "Worship is our response, both corporate and personal, to God for who He is and what He's done and it's expressed in and by the things we say and the way we live."

Are Christians the only ones who worship?

It's not whether, but's not a matter of whether one will worship, but which thing someone will worship. In other words, whatever is ultimate in one's worldview is what we will worship, with awe or reverence. We were created in the image of God and we were made to worship.

Is there a difference between a person who is gifted at singing and someone who is "anointed" as a worship leader?

It is easy to confuse giftedness and the Old Testament, a king was anointed and given authority. In the New Testament, anointing shows God doing something beyond what a person can do in their own flesh. 1 John 2:20...there is a connection between anointing and being able to discern Truth. Anointing is for the work of God...He graces us to do something that we can't do in our own strength.

What about the artistic component of worship?

There is a tension between theological faithfulness and good quality art.

Worship has become a merchandized commodity (within the Church and in the Christian music industry). In church, the focus should be a *worship service* SERVE God and not for our own entertainment.

What about songs written by Hillsong, Bethel, or Elevation that promote Word of Faith theology?

There are aspects of the popular worship songs that can be redeemed. Each person must determine what is best for their spiritual may not be an issue as to who wrote/published the song, but are the lyrics Biblically sound? However, if a person is using these worship songs (or teachings of a popular church today) as their steady diet of spiritual input, their faith will be anemic. Each person must do their own due diligence to read and study the Scriptures to have a solid walk with God.

What are some themes that are missing in worship songs today?

  • Holy fear of God

  • Trinity

  • Can never be enough songs about the Cross & the Resurrection

  • Power to overcome things like anxiety, depression, fear

  • Songs about spiritual warfare/fight/victory

  • Responses to cultural issues like abortion, marriage, sexuality...from an artistic & Biblical perspective


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