Author: Malcolm Cox

“How to overcome obstacles to Koinonia”: The Sunday Sample, Episode 103

http://corporateworship.info/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/The-Sunday-Sample_-Episode-103.-_How-to-overcome-obstacles-to-Koinonia_-Malcolm-Cox-1.mp3 Koinonia is a key element in Christian community. Where is this word found? And what does it mean? Koinonia: To contribute; to have in common, share, Heb. 2:14; to be associated in, to become a sharer in, Rom. 15:27; 1 Pet. 4:13; to become implicated in, be a party to, 1 Tim. 5:22; 2 Jn. 11; to associate one’s self with by sympathy and assistance, to communicate with in the way of aid and relief, Rom. 12:13; Gal. 6:6; Phil. 4:15* participate in; share. sharing (13x) G2842 (19x) [Mounce Greek Dictionary] Let’s consider the most important use of the word for our purposes connected to corporate worship: “The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing (koinonia) in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a sharing (koinonia) in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.” (1 Corinthians 10:16–17 NRSV) Paul’s point, amongst others, is that, since we share in Christ, and we share in the wine and bread (communion), this makes us one body (local congregation). Thus we should participate in our gatherings in a way which glorifies God, edifies the members and reveals God to non-believers. That’s unpacking much of the rest of 1 Corinthians which we don’t have time for...

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The Sunday Sample, Episode 102: “Watch and Learn”

http://corporateworship.info/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/The-Sunday-Sample_-Episode-102.-_Watch-and-Learn_-Malcolm-Cox.mp3 Something different this week. I spent Saturday and Sunday last weekend at our UK/Ireland annual conference in central London. I was privileged to participate in leading worship on Saturday evening, but on Sunday I was a humble congregant! I enjoyed being able to sing along with everyone else and not having any responsibility for a change. I loved many things about the atmosphere, the content and the attitude with which the musical aspects of the worship were conducted. I took some video of the final song led by my old friend Morris Ximinis. He is a leader of worship I respect and who leads me into the joy of God like few other people can. I have no comments this week, simply an offer and a couple of questions. I’m going to show you a clip of the final song, “I want to see Jesus lifted high”, led by Morris. Then I’d like to ask you what you see in this clip which you would consider to be healthy, admirable, worthy of imitation and the reason why the congregation responded with such enthusiasm. Now, if you’re listening to the podcast, you’re not going to see the visuals, but I think you’ll get something even from the audio. I would recommend, however, that you pop over to the youtube channel to watch at least that part of today’s recording....

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The Sunday Sample, Episode 101: “New Harvest Songs”

http://corporateworship.info/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/The-Sunday-Sample_-Episode-101.-_New-Harvest-Songs_-Malcolm-Cox-1.mp3 Do you have a “Harvest” service in the autumn? If not, might you consider it? It’s not healthy to get too removed from the reality of God’s provision. It seems to me rather healthier to stop every now and again and consider the fact that we should not take for granted what we eat and drink. This is one of the reasons I really love our outdoor allotment service twice a year in Watford (spring and autumn). We have an autumn harvest service in Thames Valley which has also become a focus for an annual food bank collection. However, we do not have many songs with a harvest connection. I found two new ones this year which we used in Watford earlier in September, and we will use in Thames Valley on October 6. The links are below. Let me know what you think of them. “God the maker of the heavens” “We see the fruitful harvest” Both songs use familiar tunes, and one adds a new chorus. A brand-new song involving new lyrics and new music is great. But, less work for a worship leader and a congregation, is to learn new lyrics to a familiar tune. This week two questions: 1. What harvest songs do you use? 2. What songs do you sing which involve new lyrics to an old tune? Please add your comments on...

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The Sunday Sample, Episode 100: “When to lose the leader”

http://corporateworship.info/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/The-Sunday-Sample_-Episode-100.-_Lose-The-Leader_-Malcolm-Cox-1.mp3 We tried something different this Sunday in Thames Valley. A song with no leader!  How did that work? And why? Have a listen to the podcast for the details. How do you decide the right context for a ‘leaderless’ song? What works for you? Please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we learn in community. Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org. If you’d like a copy of my free eBook on spiritual disciplines, “How God grows His people”, sign up at my website: http://www.malcolmcox.org. Please pass the link on, subscribe, leave a review. “Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11) God bless, Malcolm PS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of...

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The Sunday Sample, Episode 99: “When is it right to change a song on the fly”

http://corporateworship.info/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/The-Sunday-Sample_-Episode-99.-_When-to-change-a-song-on-the-fly__-Malcolm-Cox-1.mp3 Today I share an incident from our service on Sunday in the Thames Valley churches of Christ. CJ made a helpful suggestion about changing the final song – during the service. Let’s talk today about how we decide when it is appropriate or not to change a song on the ‘fly’. Please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we learn in community. Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org. If you’d like a copy of my free eBook on spiritual disciplines, “How God grows His people”, sign up at my website: http://www.malcolmcox.org. Please pass the link on, subscribe, leave a review. “Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11) God bless, Malcolm PS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of...

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