by Julius Fabregas
One brisk summer evening, I joined several thousand other Christians to hear a world-renowned worship artist share his experience, play his familiar worship hits, and minister to us. It was quite a moment to experience, and my heart was overwhelmed with gratitude to be there. In the moment, I asked myself, “What is it about his worship music that catches people up in God’s presence and makes them want more?”
Hands were lifted up, knees were bent, heads were bowed, tears were flowing as the beautiful music played on. “Ask Him for more!”
The worship artist exhorted us, “More of His glory, more of His presence, more of His power! Let Him fill you, go on, cry out for more!”
Most followed his lead.
I started to get fidgety after approximately an hour and a half of “soaking,” with no particular ending to the meeting in sight. It was then that the Holy Spirit dropped the phrase “Missional Worship” in my spirit. As I pondered what it meant, I realized it was really quite simple: when we encounter GOD’s presence through worship music, His power fills us more, not just for an experience, but for His purpose!
Acts 1:8 reminds that, while, yes, God’s power works in us and for us, He also wants His power to work through us as well.
Having been a Christian serving in full-time ministry for many years, I’ve been to many meetings and conferences whose leaders or attendees wanted to visually experience GOD’s power, with many waiting on “manifestations.”
Believe me, I’ve seen a lot from getting slain, weeping, wailing, shrieking, shaking, shouting, laughing, cackling, jumping, spinning, even growling!
All of these in an assortment of bodily positions and movements, of course.
Most of the time, they seemed genuine; other times, they genuinely made me wonder!
The term “soaking,” among others, has been used to describe people’s longing to just sit and stay in GOD’s presence until they arrive at a glorious experience.
Sometimes, it happens; other times, it doesn’t, and the meeting ends up feeling like a reeeeaaaally long meeting. :-0
Have you ever been in one of those meetings?
Is “soaking” a biblical term or concept?
“Wait,” “Be still,” “Seek,” and “Pray” are similar and familiar terms, yet they imply a deeper meaning than just staying in GOD’s presence.
For instance, Luke 10:39 details the story of Mary sitting at the feet of JESUS for a purpose: to hear his heart and instructions.
Meanwhile, Isaiah 6:1-8 is a powerful description of an encounter with God, probably one of the most incredible times in GOD’s presence, ever recorded in all of Scripture.
In terms of glorious manifestations, it doesn’t get any better than this: the LORD Himself on the throne, heavenly beings, heavenly garments, heavenly activity, heavenly worship, an earthquake, burning coals & the smoke of His presence!
Let’s examine briefly what takes place: first, Isaiah experiences GOD’s glory in the most breathtaking of ways.Next, he senses his unworthiness in GOD’s holy presence but experiences GOD working in him to cleanse and prepare him. He then hears GOD speaking a call for His purpose. It concludes in verse 8, when after encountering God’s presence and power, Isaiah responds missionally, and says, “Here I am, send me.”
Every Nation president and cofounder Pastor Steve Murrell says, “when we encounter the Holy Spirit, it should make us more missional, not mystical.”
Every Nation is a missional movement, and therefore we should have missional worship music to help us serve GOD’s purpose for us.
When we encounter GOD’s presence through worship music, His power fills us more not just for an experience but for His purpose, which is ultimately the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20.
This is what Missional Worship music is for, and this is why we at Every Nation Music do what we do: help bring people to worship GOD, experience His glory, and His power working in us, for us, but through us as well!
Pastor Julius Fabregas is the executive director of Victory Worship and the senior pastor of Victory Makati.
Every Nation Music recently recorded its new live worship album, “Doxology,” which features singers and songs from all over the world. Among the countries represented are Germany, Malaysia, South Africa, Australia, and the Philippines.
With “Doxology,” our Every Nation music family seeks to bring missional music to worshippers worldwide by creating and releasing missional worship songs. “Doxology” was recorded at Nashville’s Ocean Way Nashville Studio, a world-famous facility where many of the world’s premiere artists have recorded, including Christina Aguilera, Garth Brooks, Casting Crowns, Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne, and Matchbox Twenty.
Our homegrown music team, Victory Worship, also recently collaborated with Citipointe Live and Every Nation Music on a song entitled, “Heart Open Wide.” The song is included as one of the tracks in Citipointe Live’s new album, Into The Deep, and is a result of a collaboration between Citipointe Live’s Aaron Lucas & Joel Ramsey, Victory Worship’s Lee Brown and Yan Asuncion, and Every Nation Music’s Justin Gray. Click here to buy “Heart Open Wide” on iTunes Philippines.
We at Every Nation Music and Victory Worship are not just passionate about making music; we also seek to instill missional worship in the hearts of God’s people. Let us continue to support these collaborations as we bring, not just great songs and good music, but intentional missional worship to the world.
We are excited to go on tour to promote our new album, Rise Heart! We hope to add more tour dates in the next few weeks. Thank you for your continued support!
- OCT 23 (Friday) – Victory U-Belt: 3pm, 5pm, 7pm Youth Services
- OCT 25 (Sunday) – Victory Fort: 8am, 10am, 12pm Worship Services
- NOV 8 (Sunday) – Victory Alabang: 3pm, 5pm, 7pm Worship Services
- NOV 15 (Sunday) – Victory Pioneer 11am; Victory Ortigas 3pm and 5pm Worship Services
- NOV 22 (Sunday) – Victory Greenhills 11am; Victory Malate 4pm and 6pm Worship Services
- NOV 29 (Sunday) – Victory QC 11am; Victory Metro East 3pm and 5pm Worship Services
We are excited to announce that you will receive limited edition merchandise with every pre-order of Victory Worship’s new album, “Rise Heart,” made before October 20, 2015!
Every pre-ordered “Rise Heart” CD will come with one limited 10” x 16” “Rise Heart” poster and one set of “Rise Heart” postcards.
Plus, in preparation for the Christmas season, if you pre-order “Rise Heart” as a gift for someone you love, in addition to the postcards and poster, the CD will come with a postcard personally addressed to the receiver and signed by a member of Victory Worship!
Here are the mechanics for our #RiseHeart pre-order activity:
1. Starting October 9, 2015, go to any House of Praise outlet and fill out the pre-order form.
2. Pay Php450 to the House of Praise personnel and claim your receipt.
3. Starting October 20, present your receipt at the House of Praise branch where you placed your pre-order, and claim your CD and swag!
“Rise Heart” will be available at all House of Praise outlets starting October 20, 2015. Offer good while supplies last.
“Radical Love,” the first live worship release of Victory Worship, was recently certified Gold by the Philippine Association of the Recording Industry (PARI).
“We want our music to get out there because we want to expand the kingdom of God,” Pastor Julius Fabregas, Victory Worship director, said as he received the award on behalf of Victory Worship. “We want to make disciples and honor God through our music.”
“We have some really amazing writers as part of our movement,” added Pastor Steve Murrell, Victory’s founding pastor who received the award alongside Pastor Julius. “I really believe these songs and the next batch and the one after that are going global. This is just the beginning. We’re committed to global excellence for our writing, our production, everything about it.”
“(The sales of) “Radical Love” has exceeded the sales award,” Atty. Marivic Benedicto, PARI chairperson, said. “You know how hard it is now to sell CDs. Thank you very much for supporting the music industry and this album.”
The commemorative Gold Record plaque was awarded to Victory Worship by Atty. Benedicto and Mr. Johnny Sy, general manager of House of Praise, Victory Worship’s distributor, in a simple awarding ceremony at the Every Nation Building in Bonifacio Global City.
“Radical Love” is also available for purchase as a digital download on iTunes Philippines and Spinnr. House of Praise and zed recently made available to the public five of the tracks for ringback tone purchase.