Proper Understanding of Worship

Our worship leader, Rick Heil, found at crosswalk.com an article on worship and I wanted to pass on the edited information I learned from it.

How many times after a Sunday worship experience you hear people say things like, “I didn’t get anything out of that today” or “I didn’t get anything out of the sermon” or maybe “I didn’t get anything out of that service?”

Statements like this are like dry rot in a congregation. Like a termite infestation in the building. Like an epidemic afflicting the people of God. Let’s see if we can cast a better understanding of worship.

1. You are Not Supposed to “Get Anything Out of the Service”

Worship is not about you or me. Not about “getting our needs met.” Not about a performance from the pastor and singer and choir and musicians.

2. Worship is About the Lord

Check out this verse: “Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name” (Psalm 29:2) It is also found in 1 Chronicles 16:29 and Psalm 96:8, so it deserves being looked at closely.

  1. We are in church to give, not to get: If I am going somewhere to “get,” but find out after arriving that I’m expected to “give,” it’s time to get frustrated. This is what is happening in the typical church service in America. People walk out the door frustrated because they didn’t “get.” The reason they didn’t is that they were not there to “get,” but to “give.”
  2. We are giving glory to God, not to man: We know this and sing about it, but we also forget about it when we are spiritual consumers. We give God glory because glory is His right He is “worthy of worship.” This is the theme of the final book of the Bible (Revelation 5:2, 5:9, 5:12).

3. Self-centeredness Destroys All Worship

If my focus is on myself when I enter the church (getting my needs met, learning something, hearing a lesson that blesses me, being lifted by the singing) then Christ has no part in it. He becomes my servant, and the pastor (and all the other so-called performers) are there only for me. It’s all about me.

We have strayed so far from the biblical concept of worship (giving God His due in all the ways He has commanded). I wonder why we keep going to church?

Anything wrong with receiving some inspiration from the service? Absolutely not. But if we go to church seeking those things, we will not have worshiped. Warren Wiersbe says, “If you worship because it pays, it will not pay.”

4. Evangelism & Discipleship, Giving & Praying, Grow Out of Worship; Not the Other Way Around

  1. The disciples were worshiping on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit filled them and drove them into the streets to bear a witness to the living Christ (Acts 2).
  2. Isaiah was in the Temple worshiping when God appeared to him, forgave his sins, and called him as a prophet to the people (Isaiah 6).
  3. It was in the act of worship that the two distraught disciples had their eyes opened to recognize Jesus at their table (Luke 24).

5. We are to Give Him Worship and Glory in the Ways Scripture Commands

  1. “Give to the Lord the glory due His name and bring an offering.” (1 Chronicles 16:29 and Psalm 96:8).
  2. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit. A broken and contrite heart–these, O God, you will not despise.” (Psalm 51:17)

Singing, praising, rejoicing, praying, offering, humbling, loving. All these are commanded in worship at various places in Scripture. The Lord Jesus told the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well, “Those who worship God must worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). That is worship with their inner being, the totality of themselves, their spirit, not just their lips or their bodies going through the motions. God is not pleased with “just anything” that we claim as worship.

We must balance our worship between spirit (the subjective part: body, soul, emotions) and truth (the objective aspect: all that God has revealed in His word).

6. We Are the Ones Who Decide Whether We Worship upon Entering the House of the Lord

Don’t blame the preacher if you don’t worship. He can’t do it for you. No one else can eat my food for me, love my family for me, or do my worshiping for me. I am in charge of this decision. I decide whether I will worship.

When Mary sat before Jesus, clearly worshiping, He informed a her sister Martha that Mary had “chosen the good part,” something that “will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:42). That something special was time spent in worship.

7. Remember: Worship is a Verb

Worship is something we do, not something done to us. In the worst of circumstances, we can still worship my God. In the Philippians prison, while their backs were still oozing blood from the beating they’d received, Paul and Silas worshiped (Acts 16:25).

What we cannot do is leave church blaming our failure to worship on the poor singing, the boring sermon, or the noise from the children in the next row. We am in charge of the decision whether we will worship, and no one else.

What about the need for worship facilities before we can adequately honor the Lord? Millions of Christians across the world seem to worship just fine without any kind of building. Believers in Zambia meet under mango trees, and their worship is as anointed as anyone’s anywhere. Our insistence on worshipful music, worship settings, and worshipful everything are all signs of our disgusting self-centeredness.

Dr. Joe McKeever is a Preacher, Cartoonist, and the Director of Missions for the Baptist Association of Greater New Orleans. Visit him at www. joemckeever.com.

The Statements of Chande

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This is the statement of faith from pastor Patrick Chanda, Kitwe, Zambia:

We declare and establish this statement of faith to preserve and secure the principles of our aims and objectives in line with the statement of faith and belief as is common among Baptist churches. Our Structure: We hereby do believe that, having been led by the Holy Spirit of God to join together in our work, we believe that: Chande Baptist Orphanage shall run as an indigenous body.

There shall be no authority to be imposed by any church or organization but that all cooperating partners will have equal vote.

All cooperating partners shall have equal participation without any form of coercion from any quarters, but that:

Our Statement of Faith:

  1. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and that the Bible is the only authority in the governing and exercising of our life and the orphanage ministry.
  2. We believe that there is but one God. We believe that, He is the maker, the keeper, and ruler of all things. We believe that He is perfect God and to Him all people owe their highest love and obedience.
  3. We believe that God is revealed to us through the father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each person of the trinity has a distinct personality, but there is no division of purpose.
  4. We believe that Jesus Christ is the divine Son of God. We believe he is born of the virgin, lived a life free from sin,
  5. We believe that, salvation is a change of heart, brought about by the conviction of the Holy Spirit, and that salvation is a work of God’s free grace.
  6. We believe that those whom God has forgiven through His Son, and sanctified by His spirit will never totally or finally fall away from the grace of God
  7. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, which is composed of all His true disciples
  8. We believe that baptism is an ordinance of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that it is of every believer wherein he is immersed in the water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Our Strategy:

In light of the foregoing statements of faith: The Chande Baptist Orphanage shall endeavor to take care of orphans and street kids who are in need, by providing shelter, food, education and medical care.

Such children will have to be approved by the management that they are orphans and are in dire need of assistance.

Any orphan or street kid regardless of race, religion or creed as long as they meet the conditions of the Social Welfare Department in the republic of Zambia and those of Chande Baptist Orphanage and its cooperating partners will be enrolled in the orphanage if and when a place is available and that he/ she is not over the age of sixteen.

Our Sense of Responsibility:

We are compelled to doing good works, which are redemptive in nature, namely,

  1. Evangelism
  2. Discipleship
  3. Edification
  4. Works of service

Our Scriptural Foundation:

  1. Mathew 28:19–20, “Go then, to all people everywhere and make them my disciples; baptize them in the name of the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you to the end of the age”
  2. James 1:27, Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is to look after orphans and widows in their distress and keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Our Society of Friends:

The Chande Baptist Orphanage will work with other cooperating partners of the same and alike faith from within and outside of the republic of Zambia. Chande Baptist Orphanage will be eligible to engage expert personnel from within and outside Zambia.

Since we have been created in Christ Jesus, we shall endeavor to maintain pure worship of our God and fellowship with one another in love, by performing the above beliefs and tasks. And that every partnering Church/Organization shall be led by their Pastor/Leader. And each church shall appoint such people as they deem fit to serve on the International Chande Board.

Rev. Patrick Chanda, Kitwe, Zambia

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The Support of Chande

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Perhaps you have already decided to support the Chande Orphanage Project. It’s easy to do… so many people use online bill payment these days; just set up a monthly payment, sending your tax deductible contribution to this address:

For sponsoring the orphanage in general, send your tax deductible check to:

Inglewood Baptist Church
1901 S Carrier Pkwy
Grand Prairie, Texas 75051-3756
Put “Chande Baptist Orphanage” in the memo line

If you are interested in sponsoring a child from the Chande Orphanage, or would like more information on what $30 a month will provide, contact Jan Van Norman at [ zambiamissions @ att.net ]

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How many children need sponsors? There are more than 176 children in the orphanage.
  2. What does $30 a month cover? Education, food, clothing, and medical. $30 can’t cover everything, but is the amount suggested by Rev. Chanda. Supporters are welcome to give more as they feel led.
  3. Chande Orphanage is set up as a trust – why is this important? The orphanage is registered as a trust with the Zambian government which protects it by Zambian law. No individual can take it over as their own individual property and it protects the church in case a church has a split or has future leaders that do not agree. This way, no one can change its purpose to something else. Being a “trust” gives the right for the organization to not only be recognized by the government, but also is necessary for tax exemption. The Orphanage has a certificate of registration, as well as being incorporated as a non-profit trust and is governed by a Board of Trustees. Rev. Patrick Chanda and Edward Miller are two of the board members. The Millers have known Rev. Chanda since January 1979, their first week in Zambia and fully support this ministry and have complete trust in him.

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The Story of Chande

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In 1995, Rev. Patrick Chanda was attending a funeral for a member of his church and heard a boy who had lost his father crying out, “Who will be my father?” The boy had lost both of his parents to AIDS. The Lord impressed Rev. Chanda that he should go to the boy and tell him that God is a “father to the fatherless” and that he would be his father. However, Rev. Chanda realized that he already had nine children of his own and he knew that he could not take care of another child in his home.

Pastor, you must do something…

A few days later, a young lady in one of his churches came to ask the pastor to help a girl in her class that was living on the street. Again, Rev. Chanda thought, “What can I do, I already have nine children.” The young lady replied “Pastor, you must do something.” At her insistence, the pastor called the deacons together and asked them for their input. They went looking around the streets in Ndeke to find the girl. They finally found her and told her the church was going to take care of her. One of the deacons took her into his home with his children and the church began to provide food and school fees. Soon, they found that she had a brother who also was living on the streets. The church got a small house and a lady volunteered to be the housemother and they began to take care of the brother and sister. It was not long until a third girl came into the home. All three of these were supported by the Chande Project through individual gifts until both completed Teacher’s College.

So many children…

During that time, Rev. Chanda became aware that 25% of the population of Zambia was infected with HIV/AIDS and many were dying. The first reported case of AIDS in Zambia was in the township where Rev. Chande ministered. There are now over 1,000,000 orphans in Zambia. The churches began helping 50 orphans with school fees, food and some clothing. They first tried to bring in children off the street and feed them, wash their clothes, and share Christ with them. But at the end of the day, they had no place for the children to stay, so the children received the temporary help, and then were sent back to live on the street. They decided this approach was not adequate to meet the real needs of the children. As the number of orphans began to grow and the need became so apparent, the two churches, Chamboli Baptist Church and Ndeke Baptist Church, where Rev. Chanda served as pastor at that time, decided to commit to an Orphanage Project. The name of the Orphanage project took the first three letters of the name of two townships to make the name of the orphanage ministry. Chamboli and Ndeke churches formed the Chande Baptist Orphanage Project.

Later that year, the churches began to find members that could take in an orphan to live with a church family, and the churches assisted from time to time with food and clothing supplements. This plan however, soon failed as most families became overwhelmed with meeting the needs of the orphans in their own extended family.

Property from the city council…

Near the end of 1995, the churches made an appeal to the Kitwe City Council for an approximately 5 acre piece of land in the Ndeke township that they could develop a site to provide for a place for the ministry to the orphans. Finally in 1997, the City Council agreed to allow the property to be developed for the project. The churches appointed a management committee under the guidance of Rev. Chanda to lead in this ministry. Also around that time, the church began to develop a pre-school program meeting in the two church buildings that would minister to their community.
Long range planning…

In 1997, the Orphanage management committee contacted an architect to design a long range plan for meeting some of the needs. These included:

  1. a school grade 1-9
  2. housing for approximately 120 children
  3. a clinic to minister to the orphans
  4. an administration block
  5. a multipurpose building for large group meetings and activities
  6. housing for staff and short term volunteers

In looking at their total plan, the total cost was about $500,000. This vision of the pastor became the vision of the two churches. However, these two churches total income in a year at that time was only about $5,000. Realizing that the Lord supplies the needs where he leads, the two churches continued on with their enormous task.

Volunteers made a difference…

In late 1997, a volunteer who served in Zambia gave $1,000 to use toward aiding the three children that were in the home the church was renting. He designated that none of these funds could be used for building, but only for food and support of the children. Some small gifts came in and a stove was purchased from a retiring missionary. They used the stove to make bread and the profits went into the account to build the wall fence around the orphanage plot.

By 1998-99, the churches linked up with a charitable organization that offered to help with books and materials for the school. Then classes were offered up through grade 2 for orphans and neighborhood children. They saw that one lasting thing they could do was to provide for the education of the orphan children. They purchased a storage container to store building supplies, built a small security building on the plot, and began to use the security building as a classroom and began to build a wall fence around the property.

Need of a permanent place for schooling…

By July 2000, it became evident that the Orphanage project urgently needed a permanent place to help with the education of the orphans. A few days later the copper mines in Kitwe began to advertise they were selling some buildings. The mines advertised that they had a “community library building” to sell. It was in bad repair, and they wanted $12,500 for it. Rev. Chanda felt led to make an offer of $3,000. He asked Ed Miller to write a letter to the mining company making an offer. Ed asked, “How much money do you have, and Rev. Chanda replied, “none, but I believe the Lord will provide it for us to get that building.” Ed typed the letter for him and the bid was turned in to the Copper Mining Company. At that time, he did not have any money, but felt it was God’s will to proceed. Rev. Chanda shared his heart with fellow pastors at a Pastor’s Fellowship and asked them to pray specifically that a building could be found for orphan ministry.

Two days after the prayer meeting of the pastors, the mines informed Rev. Chanda that they had accepted his bid and he could purchase the building. About two days after being approved for the purchase of the building, Ed received a message from the Baptist Mission office that $9,000 had been given to the orphanage. We saw this as the Lord’s answer.

The building was completely repaired and members of the church contributed most of the labor. The church members painted, repaired broken windows, installed new wiring and light fixtures, replaced broken pipes and toilets, put up new doors and completely renovated the building. They built a wooden fence to secure the property and make the playground safe and a water tower to provide a water supply when there was lack of adequate water in the township. This building has about 6000 square feet of space has been named the Chande Baptist Orphanage Training Center.

On November 5, 2000, the first day the building was used for a new church and 50 people from the neighborhood attended. Since that time, over 70 people in the area have come to know Christ as their Savior.

Over 400 children in the school, and 176 in the orphanage…

In January of 2001 the orphanage ministry began to open more classes in this building and there were 230 children in grades 1 – 5. The school has now expanded to grades 1 – 9 and there are over 400 children, including 176 orphans being supported in the Chande Baptist Orphanage School. In addition, fifteen children are being supported through the Orphanage ministry who go to public schools for grades 10 – 12. Attendance to the public school for the higher grades is only available to those children who can pay.

There are ten teachers who are teaching in the Orphanage program. They receive a small salary for their work, but do it as a ministry.

At the Chande Training Center, for a small fee, they provide sewing classes to the neighborhood women, a secretarial service to the community, and a certified training course for primary school teachers. Ladies work at tie dying and selling cloth, knitting sweaters and scarves to help support the work as well as some funds are raised by selling buns and bread baked in the Orphanage kitchen. Future plans are to provide training in carpentry and welding for the youth in the neighborhood.

God provides a small bus…

In February, 2005, a 29 passenger bus was purchased. This is used when the school has events that mean transporting the children. It is also used when volunteer teams come and the money received for the use of the bus goes back into the Orphanage ministry account.

Another school is started…

In February 2006, another school was begun in a rural area approximately twelve miles from Kitwe. There are 150 children attending, many who had never had a school. The Orphanage ministry is seeking to get the villagers in that area to help build a school out of homemade brick made in the local community. Two teachers that have been trained and worked in the Orphanage school have transferred to the rural community to get the school started. At present, it is a large one room school and the teachers are assessing the children’s’ abilities to determine what grade that they should be in. Recently the villagers came to Rev. Chanda and asked him to start a church. He met with twelve men for a Bible Study in the village and they are praying for the beginnings of a new church.

The churches making the difference…

Through the years, there have been several churches as well as individuals who have made contributions toward the ministry and capital building. The Chamboli Baptist Church and the Wusakile Baptist Church members support Rev. Chanda. He does not get a salary from the Orphanage Project.

Partners in the States…

There is a small garden plot on the property that will be used to raise vegetables that will contribute toward the care of the children. The building that will house children needs approximately $76,000 to complete it.

In 2006, Inglewood Baptist Church, Grand Prairie, Texas had a team of ten members who led Holiday Bible School for grades 5 – 9. Seventy-seven of the children accepted Christ as Savior. In March, 2007, fourteen team members from Inglewood led their second Holiday Bible School and 103 children made professions of faith. There are other churches and teams that come to assist with building, but Inglewood is the only church that provides Holiday Bible School for the children. More stories will be posted as teams share what God has done.

From a small beginning and with trust in God’s leadership, the Lord has used Rev. Chanda to attempt to do something that seemed impossible. God is doing great things through the efforts of the Chande Baptist Project.

Prayer requests for The Chande Project:

  1. Pray for Rev. Patrick Chanda and the Board of Directors that plan and direct the orphanage.
  2. Pray for the teachers at the Chande School as they teach the children.
  3. Pray for the new school that has been started in the rural area.
  4. Pray for the new churches that have come from the work of the Orphanage Project.
  5. Pray that God will lead others to give and support this project: sponsoring children and even teachers.

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