I may have had a minor revelation this morning while getting my second cup of coffee.
I am writing this during my third cup. So take it with a grain of coffee grounds.
For 6 years now, I have tried to explain the difference between Praise and Worship, and the music involved in our UMC service.
As I was pouring my 2nd cup, I realized, like salvation, it is foolishness to the natural man.
Please do not misunderstand, UMC people believe in Jesus, and are saved. They just have not been taught they can be and have more in the Kingdom.
1 Corinthians 1:25
“Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”
1 Corinthians 2:14
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
As I have pointed out in other posts, Preaching, Teaching, even Prophets, can learn their trade and practice them, in the power of the Natural Man.
They can believe in Jesus, and expound on the Word and even cause others to come to Christ.
It is wonderful, the depth and hight and breadth of the love and power of God.
It is absolutely marvelous to build a body of believers. True believers, who love and serve our Lord Jesus Christ.
They feed the hungry, clothe the poor, do everything physically possible, to lead them to the narrow gate.
They work hard and will receive their rewards in heaven.
The problem is they only know the Natural Man half of the Gospel. They live it well, but the Gospel is also Spiritual.
They have never been taught how to live this life. Most Denominational Christians today look at the Spiritual side of Christianity, as past its sell by date.
Signs, wonders, miracles all died out with the Apostles, (those who looked Jesus in the eye).
Forgetting that Paul is our example, he never knew the man, Jesus, he met the same Jesus we know, the one sitting at the right hand of the Father.
Paul, healed the sick, raised the dead, spoke in tongues, saw signs and wonders following, and WE SHOULD TOO.
It really is about the Holy Spirit. I long to understand how to lead these people to a deeper more fruitful walk with the Lord.
For me it begins with Praise and Worship. I will attempt to put into words, my hearts desire.
I invite you along for the ride. Thanks for reading this.