October 28 ‘16 Seeing What Really Is Part 20 ~Paul Gray
The Church should be like a Jazz Group!
Jazz and jazz groups are many times loathed by “religious” people and by “play by the notes only” classically trained musicians. Jazz is free. Musicians aren’t bound by notes on the page (the Law). Songs are never played exactly the same…difference is encouraged!
You’ll hear many “bad notes” from jazz musicians…especially those who are learning and growing. But the “bad notes” are incorporated into the song. No record is kept of them and no one reminds the musicians of them (again and againL)
Groups can vary tremendously in size and instrumentation. For our purposes, think of a sextet: piano, bass, drums, trumpet, sax and trombone. Each has a different part to play and a different function. Each can have featured solos in a song…or not. Not everyone plays all the time. Each has the creative freedom to “do their thing” within the parameters of the song as agreed upon by the group.
Every part of the song is good in its own way. However the song is arguably most powerful when the whole group is playing together and bringing the song to a climax.
All during a song the musicians themselves “feel” the music and feed off of and inspire each other. The audience also “feels and is inspired by the music.”
Listeners who aren’t bound by traditional classical music standards (everything has to be done “the right way” every time – according to them), relate to, enjoy, and literally become “one with the music and musicians.” Those who are bound by tradition and standards, don’t feel the music, don’t relate, judge, evaluate, criticize, label, and exclude: “them and us.”
Baxter Kruger: “What church will be like, is a jazz group with each member individual prepared. Then they come together to make music and the Holy Spirit does something synergistically that no one expected and it transcends all expectations and fills you with joy and you “feel” it like you “feel” the music!”
2 Corinthians 3:6 NLT God has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life. Mirror: It is God’s signature in our spirit that authorizes New Testament ministry. We are not qualified by a legal document endorsed by a fellow human. The letter (of the law) is the administration of death; it is the Spirit (of grace) that quickens life.
Where the Spirit is, there is life and freedom!
“Seeing What Really Is” Papa with Jesus’ eyes leads to life abounding!