Here are some of the commonly asked questions of the worship ministry at Discovery.

 

1) What is worship?

Worship is to ascribe worth to the Lord (think “worthship”). Worship is to honor with extravagant love, honor, and humility. Worship is the posturing and outpouring of our hearts and lives seven days a week.

 

2) Is expression in worship a denominational thing?

Great question! The short answer is no, or really … it shouldn’t be! Expression in worship is a Biblical thing, not a denominational thing. Check out what we have written on expression in musical worship.

 

3) How do I overcome distraction in worship?

While it’s easy to look to our circumstances, the worship team, song choices, or just other things going on in our lives, the truth is since God is looking at our hearts, the source of the majority of our distractions are internal, not external. We would recommend remembering who musical worship is for (God, not us) and asking Him to preside over your heart and time together. Ask God to reveal Himself to you. When we’re truly focused on Jesus, it’s hard to be distracted.

 

4) Can I worship alone or is community worship necessary?

Both are vital to a healthy and thriving relationship (and heart posture) with the Lord. The first informs the latter. What we do in the “secret place” is a predecessor for worshipping in community – which we are called to be in! Whether alone or with other believers, it’s important to take a vertical stance in worship – the line is between you and the Lord alone. We are not looking outward in worship (horizontal) – watching others, evaluating, or assessing (this connects with the distraction question!). We are one Body gathered, declaring truths of who God is and what He has done – together.

 

5) How do you choose music at Discovery?

This is another great question! Take a moment to read our position and process on how we choose music at Discovery.

 

6) What’s the importance of diversity in worship music?

At Discovery, we believe in fostering an attitude of deference and humility between individuals and the generations in worship. In other words, “death to self” when it comes to our own favorites, traditions, and preferences, especially when laying these things down means someone else within the Body is able to better engage in musical worship.

 

7) Why is it so loud?

Our sound team has been trained to maintain a decibel level of no louder than 85 decibels during worship. The size of our sanctuary, instrumentation (namely, the nature of having live drums in the sanctuary), and the size of our crowd have been taken into careful consideration when determining the decibel level for our space. (Plus … we like making a joyful noise!)

 

8) What’s with the lights?

Akin to the Renaissance, we believe the Church should be the leading authority on what is true, excellent, and God-honoring when it comes to the arts. Proper lighting contributes to excellence – from the ambiance in the room, to the video quality of our livestream – all with the purpose to share the Gospel and advance the Kingdom.

 

9) Why don’t we do more hymns?

At Discovery, we want to be purposeful about understanding and clarifying terms so that we can engage in robust, diverse musical worship that allows everyone to engage. Dictionary.com defines hymn as “a song in praise or honor of God”. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines it as “a song of praise to God”. Going back to the original Jewish hymnal, Psalm is defined as “a sacred song or poem designed to be sung to the accompaniment of an instrument” (Encyclopedia Britannica).

From the Old Testament, as believers, we are encouraged to “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord all the earth.” (Psalm 96:1) This implies that new songs will continue to be written. From Ephesians 5, Paul reminds us to “ … be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your hearts to the Lord …”. Again, we see the idea that God is concerned with the heart in musical worship.

If we are trying to delineate music within church, and I would go as far to say, delineate between what is ”holy” and what is not, I would encourage us to reexamine these definitions. What we traditionally view as hymns are largely distinguished by meter and song structure, where contemporary music has a variety of these components and more. We recommend watching Jesus Revolution and the Jesus Music for more information on how and why church music shifted beginning in the late 1960s.

Overall, we believe in fostering an environment of deference and humility between individuals and the generations when it comes to engaging in musical worship at Discovery. This is a beautiful depiction when we come together of laying down our own “rights” with a greater purpose in mind – Jesus exalted.