Recently I was part of a seminar at the Calvin Worship Symposium in which we spent a day discussing the role of discipleship in Contemporary Christian Music (hard to define I know). One of the ways that I contributed to the discussion was through a short presentation on why the church and its musicians should learn to speak multiple musical languages (a response to a chapter in my book From Memory to Imagination: Reforming the Church’s Music).
I’ve come to believe that discipleship is primarily about being shaped into the image of Christ. It seems that the Bible is quite clear that we are to be transformed by Christ in order for Christ to be visible in us. Worship, our encounter with God, is the primary way in which we are transformed and through which our lives are recalibrated according to God’s being. It seems that our natural tendency is to believe that we are God instead of God, and while we don’t believe such idolatry straight up, throughout the week, our actions demonstrate that we gradually start to ascend the throne on which God belongs.