Worship at Zion City Tabernacle

Hi I am Trevor Codner Worship leader at ZCT.

I love ministering in music and have learnt that music is a key ingredient in our worship service and indeed our lives. I now know that God has used this medium as a way for us to spiritually express our feelings communicate and minister to each other and to Him. I have taught music to many choirs, groups and individuals and have been involved in Christian music ministry for a number of years and also ran my own Christian recording studio. I am an Associate of the London College of Music ALCM and RSM grade 8 honors qualified. But all the above means nothing without the anointing of God because it is by His Spirit that we are made strong and able to accomplish good works.

I Cor. 2:5 "Our faith does not rest on men’s wisdom but on God’s POWER".

What is Worship?

1. We are called to worship

Firstly, God wants us to worship him. This is a constant we see from in Scripture (Genesis 4:4; John 4:23; Revelation 22:9). Worship is one of the reasons we are called, to declare His praises (1 Peter 2:9). God’s people not only love and obey him, but they also do specific acts of worship such as make sacrifices, sing praises, lift hands, lay prostrate, speak in tongues, minister onto Him fast and pray. But God did not make us robots we have free will therefore it becomes our decision to worship him or not. In Scripture, we see a wide variety in the way that worship can be done. In the law of Moses, many details were specified. Certain people were assigned to do specific actions at particular times in different places. In contrast to that, we see in Genesis very few rules about how the patriarchs worshipped. They did not have a designated priesthood, were not restricted to a certain place, and were told little about what to offer or when to offer it. In the New Testament, we again see very little about the how and the when of worship. Worship activities are not restricted to a certain group of people or a certain place. Christ did away with the Mosaic requirements. All believers are priests and continually offer themselves as living sacrifices.

2. Worship only God

Despite the great variety in worship styles, we see a simple constant throughout Scripture: Only God should be worshiped. Worship, to be acceptable, must be exclusive. God requires all our love—all our allegiance. We cannot serve two Gods. Although we may worship him in different styles, our unity is based on the fact that it is him we worship. In ancient Israel, the rival God was often Baal, a Canaanite deity. In Jesus’ day, it was religious tradition, self-righteousness and hypocrisy. Actually, anything that comes between us and God—anything that might cause us to disobey him—is a false god, an idol. For some today, it is money. For others, it is sex. Some have a bigger problem with pride, or with concerns about what other people may think of us. John mentions some common false gods when he writes, Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. (1 John 2:15-17) No matter what our weakness is, we need to crucify it, to kill it, to put all false gods away. If something distracts us from obeying God, we need to get rid of it. God wants people who worship only him, who have him as the centre of all life.

Trevor Codner, Evangelist