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[Worship Values] Passion

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Worship Values


We’re thinking about the Vineyard Worship Values, spending one week looking at each one.

Today we were thinking about Passion.Jacob spoke about how this is important in our Sung Worship and how the Worship Team work this value into what they do.

Dave then spoke about how this value helps us to be worshippers in our everyday lives.


There are numerous examples in the Bible about how God is worth our all.  We looked at the man finding hidden treasure in the field (Matthew 13:44) and the rich, young man asked to give up all his possessions (Mark 10:17-22).

Often this idea can make us feel a bit inadequate… would we really be so sold out for Jesus?

Dave talked about how often it’s not that we choose other things above Jesus, but we’re distracted from him and his presence in our life by so many other things.

We looked at the story of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42)

Dave’s suggestions was often these distractions are a way of ignoring (or self-medicating against) some of the deep needs in our heart.  Instead of going to God with our loneliness or anxiety or insecurity or stress or countless other needs, it’s easier to be busy; to clean the house, watch a boxset, surf social media or any other way of escaping what’s really going on in our heart.

Dave suggested all sorts of needs that Martha might have had – a need to be accepted or approved or a success or cared for – that instead of going to Jesus for them to be met she tried to distract herself and solve through her busyness.

The story of Mary and Martha isn’t about personality types, it’s about being with Jesus.




  • What fills your empty time? What do you do when there’s nothing else you need to do? Why do you do it?
    • What does it add to your life? Look at the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23.  Which of these are produced, or could be produced, by your activity? Would it help to consider this fruit and be able to be thankful as you do these things?
  • Look at these passages about being whole-hearted.  What might be God saying to you as you read them?
  • Try building in a distraction-free time into your day.  Think about a place where you usually fill the space, and leave it empty. Invite God into that time – but you don’t need to pray – and see what happens.
    • It might be not turning on the radio when you drive, or leaving the TV off when you sit down after the kids are in bed. Perhaps leaving the headphones at home when you walk the dog or leaving the dishwasher until the morning



Posted on 3rd December 2018
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