Worship is not a concert or a lecture but a banquet

In their third conversation about worship Kevin Twit, Isaac Wardell, and Mike Cosper discuss the dangers of idolizing youth culture in worship. It’s incredibly helpful to think of worship music as a family event. When we sing songs at my home, everyone gets involved. My wife sways as she sings sweetly to my guitar. My six year old and four year old pick up instruments and play with me. My two year old prances around and sings out of key.

Last Sunday during our “Song of Praise,” which comes after we hear a Bible reading assembling us to worship our Creator and Redeemer, my six year old and four year old were singing with interspersed lip syncing while my two year old occasionally sang single words that she recognized. In the back, one of our three year old members was standing up with an arm raised into the air. All this is happened to music played beautifully without overwhelming or drowning us out. It was a beautiful picture of the family of God enjoying Him together.

Our worship has never been mistaken for being “cool.” In many ways I believe this make us more, not less, relevant and accessible.

The Idolatry of Youth Culture in Worship from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.


About David Lee

I am the pastor of New Life Mission Church of Fremont meeting in Newark, CA. I live in Fremont with my wife and three children. In my former life I was a history teacher at Irvington High School in Fremont. I love watching and discussing movies (but not at the same time), playing board games, hiking, visiting local cafes, and watching and complaining about (at the same time) Bay Area sports.
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