Author: Malcolm Cox

Raising up new song leaders

David Taylor asked me and some others the following question: Dear brothers, I would appreciate your feedback on the subject of raising up Male song leaders. In the Southside London, we have a core of guys who have been song leading for many years. We have had some 6th form students join the worship team before moving on to university. What has worked for you? We are asking the Lord of the Harvest to bring in men with the heart and ability to sing. Regards David Here is my reply: Hi Dave, Good question. It’s an issue everywhere in...

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“Write a new song in 2020” – The Sunday Sample, Episode 116

http://corporateworship.info/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/The-Sunday-Sample-Episode-116_-_Write-a-new-song-in-2020_-1-1.mp3 Happy new year! My biggest challenge for 2020 is to write 12 songs. I’ve joined the “12 song challenge” at Resound Worship. In today’s recording I ‘review’ the booklet, “How to write worship songs” by Joel Payne and Sam Hargreaves. That’s all I’ll say in the show notes. The video and podcast have the details. QUESTION FOR TODAY: “WILL YOU JOIN ME IN COMMITTING TO WRITE A NEW SONG IN 2020?” 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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“Corporate worship hopes for 2020”. The Sunday Sample, Episode 115

http://corporateworship.info/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/The-Sunday-Sample-Episode-115_-_Corporate-worship-hopes-for-2020_-1.mp3 As of the time of recording the new year is almost upon us. Do you have a big hope for the corporate worship in the year ahead? Whilst we cannot predict the ways in which God made refine us, teach us and shape us in our leading of corporate worship in 2020, there’s no harm in settling on at least one main hope for the future 12 months. As someone once said, “If you aim as nothing you are sure to hit it”. You may notice I have not asked your main goal for next year? I’ve used the word “hopes” because it’s broader and leaves room for God to work. I have nothing against goals, and you will need to be specific and practical in the application of your hopes, but let’s begin with hopes. How do we clarify our hopes for the year ahead in leading corporate worship? Let me offer three suggested steps that will take us from imagination to application: 1. Imagine that your leading of corporate worship in 2020 is by far the most effective you’ve ever produced. What does it feel like? What responses are you noticing? What is happening? What’s different in 2020 compared to 2019? Write down what comes to mind. 2. Bring to mind your first service in 2020. For me that’s Sunday 5th January with the Thames Valley churches...

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The Sunday Sample, Episode 114: “Lessons from 2019”

http://corporateworship.info/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/The-Sunday-Sample-Episode-114_-_Lessons-from-2019_-1.mp3 This year God has used you in your leading of corporate worship. Other people have been blessed by the way you have served. But, what has God taught you about leading corporate worship? It’s important from time to time to pause and reflect. Moses reminded the people of Israel that they must not forget what God had taught them: “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” (Deuteronomy 4:9 NIV11) God knew how important it was that his people did not forget what he had done and that they were prepared to pass those lessons on to the next generation. How can we make sure we have noticed what God has done this year in teaching us about leading corporate worship? Let me offer free suggestions: 1. Highs and lows. What would you consider to be your most effective worship event this year? And what would you consider to be your least effective worship event this year? The “popularity” or otherwise of the way you led worship is not the point. Whether people liked it or not is not the point here. Many of Jesus’s most effective lessons were not popular! What I’m talking...

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“Is corporate worship meant to be a sacrifice?”: The Sunday Sample, Episode 113

http://corporateworship.info/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/The-Sunday-Sample-Episode-113_-_Is-corporate-worship-meant-to-be-a-sacrifice__.mp3 We know our entire lives are an act of worship and a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1-3). But is our corporate worship meant to be a sacrifice? Today I’m bringing you some thoughts inspired by the book “for the audience of one” by my Mike Pilavachi. In the book he references 2 Chronicles 7:1-6 and the extraordinary corporate worship experience at the dedication of the temple. As Mike writes, “This is some worship session.…The labour force topped 153,600 men, there was enough gold inside to sink the Titanic and the dedication service didn’t disappoint. The king offered a sacrifice of 22,000 cows and 120,000 sheep and goats.… All this meat was, for want of a better word, wasted. They burnt it up and that was that; no nibbles, leftovers or packed lunches. The size of the sacrifice was so great that it would have had a drastic effect on the economy.… Worship is meant to cost something. In Solomon’s case, it was a significant dent in his Treasury.” Pages 12-13. There is no place for animal sacrifice in our worship today. But, is there a place for a different kind of sacrifice? What kind of sacrifice are we talking about? The two that spring to mind are time and energy. It would be more time-efficient, and more convenient, to worship on my own in the style, at the time...

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