3 ways to as·sim·i·late

Assimilate:  to take in and incorporate as one’s own; to absorb.

Assimilation is a vital part of the local church.   The whole concept of the spoken Word, and the music play a vital role in causing believers to absorb Christ’s likeness into our own.  Paul puts it this way.  “If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root,”    Romans 11:17    We model what it means to live in Christ, and we get to choose to be the advocate for Him to those that arent yet grafted to the Vine.   

In our worship services, whether on stage or in the booth, I’m reminded of that importance of leading people into a face to face with God.  We have the honor of being that conduit that bridges the gap of darkness and light.  I’m once again reminded of the importance we each share in telling the story of Christ and also sharing our story as well.  After all, we have 2 stories to tell, Ours….And God’s!

Three things we each can do this to Assimilate!

Ask:  What is the overall message we are trying to convey.  Regardless of your role this week, how can we add to the story we are trying to tell.   Get the information ahead of time so planning can begin.   Ask God to guide your steps.

Admit:  We must each walk through what we are trying to lead.  Confess and renew your heart before God.   Make sure you speak from experience.  God wants to do a work in you before He does something through you.  Absorb it!

Advance:  Set the tone in what you are leading.  Whether viewed in public or behind the scenes, create maximum opportunites out of your limited time on Sundays by preparing during the week.   Great creative services aren’t accomplished by “winging it”, but we’ve all been there.

Song of the day:  Grace, by Steve Fee

Paynes 2014-05-21

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