As I reflect on my years in music ministry, dozens of scriptures come to mind that have provided spiritual growth in my walk with Christ. The scriptures that have strengthened me the most focus on discipleship. The list here scrapes the surface of what we need to know as worship leaders. The greatest need for worship leaders is good, solid discipleship. In order for us to be useful vessels of Jesus Christ, we must be abiding in Him. Most of the verses in this list center around being a disciple of Christ. The final scripture in this list is an important pattern for Biblical worship.
What scriptures would be on your top 5?
1. John 15:5 – Abide
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing.
2. John 15:8 – Bear the Fruit of the Spirit
8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
3. John 8:32-34 – Be loving
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”
4. Ephesians 5:18- 22: Be filled with the Holy Spirit
18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,
19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,
20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
5. Isaiah 6:1-8 – A biblical pattern for worship: (Adoration of God, confession of sin, receiving forgiveness, Hearing from God, Responding to God, and commission)
1In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple.
2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.
3 And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty the whole earth is full of his glory.”
4 At the sound of their voices, the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar.
7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
9 He said, “Go and tell these people: “‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’