I’ve been a fan of Matt Papa‘s music and blog for some time so I was excited to check out his breakout session, “The Worship Leader and Mission.”
Matt spoke in a brief panel in between the main session and the breakout, which was nice, but I was interested to see what he had to say.
Matt took John Piper’s famous quote, “Missions exists because worship doesn’t” and inverted it, explaining that a true worship encounter prompts mission among God’s people.
There were a couple of strong applications. First, Papa painted a very real picture of human joy. In short, we love it when someone comes to enjoy something we’ve shared. And if we respond so strongly, how much more does God love to see His children in joy. That joy inspires life change.
The second application was one I’ve read from Papa’s writings, but it was nice to hear it in person. Papa’s likens his worship planning to telling the Gospel story. For example, when sharing the Gospel, we don’t start with the cross. Typically, we start speaking of God’s majesty and glory. Then we speak about our inability to measure up to God’s standards and that journey leads us to the cross. Matt then shared that he planned his sets the same way, to faithfully “tell” the story each time he leads worship.
Matt’s casual approach belies a passionate pastoral calling and I loved hearing his passion for worship motivating people to share the Gospel!