Music that Moves People to Action

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How does the musical layer of worship help develop people in the gospel and mission? This familiar song sung by the Ascenders was written by John Newton, the British captain of a slave ship. In the midst of a great storm at sea, John called out for God's help and protection. This pivotal moment changed his life forever. John Newton became a renowned pastor and wrote the lyrics to the most famous hymn ever written—Amazing Grace—which has touched the hearts of countless people. Listen and reflect on how this hymn has moved you. 


What is your favorite song? Did you write it? Is it faith-based? What is the story behind the words? How has it inspired, comforted, moved, and motivated you? How has it changed your mood, perspective, or actions? Have you seen its affect on others?
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Christy Nockels has a huge appreciation for music and the role it plays in the kingdom of God. As a singer/songwriter and worship leader, she knows the power of writing songs based on her personal life and faith to inspire others to draw near to God.  Listen as she explains how music can move people to action in worship.


Christy explained that an important part of leading worship is "watching them take that and live it." Give an example of someone who was moved to action through the power of song. How does that inspire you in your creativity and leading worship?
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Christy gave the example of a girl who was moved to salvation as Christy was singing. Do you have an example of someone who was called to Jesus through the musical layer of worship? How does that inspire you in your creativity and leading worship?
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Is there a difference between performing and leading worship? Do you ever feel like you're just going through the motions as you lead worship? How can Christy's experience inspire you to consider your role in changing the world through your role as a worship leader?
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Christy said that "the right song in the right mouth can change the world." Worship leaders have the privilege of being a part of the music that can change the world.