My wife, Beverly, decided to enroll in the “School of the Local Church” with me while I received ministerial training at Grace Fellowship in Tulsa, Okla., from 2000 to 2001. She wanted to develop skills in leading praise and worship in the local church. She enrolled in special training classes taught by Orlando Juarez, the worship leader and head of the Fine Arts Department (music and worship).
One of the requirements of this course was to write a worship song. Week after week went by without any success. Finally, Orlando said to Beverly, “You do not have much time remaining to write the music and lyrics for your new worship song. You need to get started on it now.”
The following week, Beverly went to the class, and Orlando was unable to be there to teach the class. There was a piano in the classroom. That day, Beverly began to worship the Lord and ask him to help her create a new worship song. As she was worshipping the Lord, the Holy Spirit began to give her the melody and the lyrics (words) to the worship song.
Within an hour, the melody and lyrics were completed. The song was accepted by Orlando at the next meeting. This song was published and copyrighted.
There were two other requirements to pass the course. First, was to sing her new song, and second, to lead praise and worship at one of the services in the church. It was an exceptionally large church, which had thousands of members. Beverly successfully directed the orchestra, led praise and worship, and sang her new spiritual song the Lord had given her.
As a worship leader, the Lord gave Beverly the spiritual gifts to speak messages of knowledge and prophecy by the means of the Holy Spirit. Whenever she leads praise and worship, manifestations by the Holy Spirit come to edify, encourage, and build up the people during praise and worship. These spiritual gifts given to the churches are recorded in 1 Corinthians 12.
“Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant. There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another the ability to speak in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he has given them to each one, just as he determines.” (1 Corinthians 12:1, 4, 7-11 NIV)
How did Beverly receive these spiritual gifts? She asked for them.
“Let love be your greatest aim; nevertheless, ask also for the special abilities the Holy Spirit gives, and especially the gift of prophecy, being able to preach messages of God.” (1 Corinthians 14:1 NLT)
Arthur Olson is pastor of Family Worship Church in Zumbrota. "From the Pulpit" runs on the Saturday faith pages and features reflections from area religious leaders. To contribute, contact Life Editor Meredith Williams at 701-429-1749 or firstname.lastname@example.org.