St. Andrew's ~ Goose Creek
Team Reading Discussion Board

"The Unquenchable Worshipper" by Matt Redman

  • 21-27 September (Foreword and Chapter 1)
  • 28 September - 4 October (Chapters 2 & 3)
  • 5-11 October (Chapters 4 & 5)
  • 12-18 October (Chapters 6 & 7)
  • 19-25 October (Chapters 8, 9, & 10)

Bible Reading

It is imperative that we spend time in the Word. As you all know, the Holy Spirit truly does speak to us as we read the Scriptures. I want to equip you all to do that in every way that I can. The button below takes you to the ESV Bible's readings page, where you will find several different reading plans that aim to take you through the entire Bible in a year. I will be doing one myself. Please join me!

And in case you need some more convincing, this sermon from Dr. John Piper (it's about 45 minutes long) is SO worth listening to.

Comment Stream

2 years ago
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Hey gang, welcome to the team reading discussion board! My prayer is that this would be a safe place for us to share some personal thoughts as well as have some great discussion on what we are reading. I can't wait to get started!

2 years ago
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I love Redman's writing. He is clearly in the spirit. What stuck out for me in this first reading is what he says about Jesus on the cross-- Even while in agony, Jesus' words were worshipful of the Father. I also didn't realize those words were from Psalms. As always, Jesus is an example to which we aspire. Even on our lowest days, we can turn our eyes upon God and praise him for all that he does and is.

I find the times I am best able to worship on the team are when I pray right beforehand quietly to myself to get myself out of the way and let the Spirit speak through me. I prepare as well as I'm able so the songs can flow without a lot of interference from me. God helps me as my energy lags. Praise God!

2 years ago
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btw, thanks for setting this up, Andrew.

2 years ago
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Just finished the foreword and Chapter 1. Two things that really stuck out:

1) the story of the hymn writer, Fanny Crosby, is phenomenal. What an amazing witness! I plan on reading more about her!

2) I love how Redman says that Jesus, while hanging on the cross, quoting two lament Psalms (22 & 31), was actually worshipping in that moment, not just quoting Scripture. It's such a great picture. How often I forget to keep worshipping even when things don't go right or something breaks. Meanwhile, Jesus does it as he is dying. Lord help me to keep my eyes fixed on you regardless of the chaos and distractions of the day.

2 years ago
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Graylon, I just listened to her sing an acoustic version on YouTube. Good grief, what a song! This is certainly off topic, but I'd love to get to a place where we as individuals on team start sharing lyrics or worship songs that we've written together. Rachel has played a couple of her's on Sundays and I think it really speaks wonders to have our own heart-cries shared with the church. It's a perfect example of sharing in community what we do before the audience of One. Not for publicity or record contracts but for the body. Of course, it needs to be approved for theological reasons to make sure that we're not stepping outside of authority, but i'd love to encourage you all to start writing!

2 years ago
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I'd personally love to record a few song with you all, just to have them myself and share with family. Holly, is that studio ready yet?

2 years ago
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Chapter 4... So far this is my favorite chapter. This is something I will admit I have to remind myself almost every week. I'm tempted to make it a performance, because I love to perform. But then I try to pour myself into the lyrics, and that lifts my attention away from myself. Andrew also gave me good advice-- look up and connect with someone in the congregation each song. This week the sermon topic is the call to discipleship, so the songs are about giving of ourselves to God.

I think there is a balance between performance and worship. I briefly sang in a worship band that restrained each individual so much, in the interest of not "distracting" the congregation and not being "performance" that it lost all of its power and flavor. It became boring and non-inspiring. Sometimes performance can inspire, if given in the right spirit. And in that spirit, I encourage everyone to sing the lyrics of the songs while thinking about what they mean, and let the Holy Spirit sing through you. Let your spirit shine in your love of our God.

2 years ago
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Julianna is leading the team this coming Sunday and is happy to have us. The songs are in the planning center-- there are 2 that we do not do, so please give a listen (one of them you'll have to search youtube for as it is not in the planning center). See you Sunday!