Words of Worth
“Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light for my path.”
The purpose of the
Jubalatte Bible Study:
To inspire our search for
God’s Word and Truth
as musicians dedicated
to serving Jesus Christ.
The setting is friendly, comfortable, engaging, and encouraging, as if the discussions were happening in a fragrant, cozy coffee shop, French Suites, BWV 812-817 quietly playing in the background, and Johann Sebastian himself as the proprietor.
The time is for praying, reading God’s Word, drawing from our own and others’ experiences and perceptions. Expect to leave the gathering with a deeper understanding of our Lord.
Fear not, the intention is not to read a teaching and then answer the follow-up questions. Instead, these studies are to be springboards to ponder, share, and reveal what God has spoken to your hearts.
"All scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17
The Essence of the Jubalatte Bible Study:
"Where there is devotional music, God is always at hand with his gracious presence." J.S. Bach
“To be or not to be—that is the question.”
How many times have we heard or used this brilliant, telling quote from Hamlet?
Setting aside Hamlet’s contemplation of ending his life, think what this profound question can convey.
Whether or not Will ever penned “To do or not to do”, it is obvious that “doing” is more doable than “being”.
“Ay, there’s the rub.”
The process of taking a piece from the initial technical practice to a polished performance parallels our Christian lives in the process from doing what Jesus taught to being transformed into his image.
"And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is Spirit." 2 Corinthians 3:18
To be transformed into his image, sharing his image with our music. Learning not just to do his commands, but to be the person he has called us to be.
Thoughts to be pondered, answers to be sought, prayers to be said
As a Christian musician:
How do I allow God to modulate my self from doing to being?
What is my attitude toward God, my teacher, my colleagues, students, etc?
How does my attitude affect my practice, my lessons, my performances?
What is the purpose driving my diligence?
How do I present, relate, convey to the audience?
How am I to be truly grateful, diligent, gracious, service-hearted?
“Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.”
Prior to gathering:
Pray for the meeting.
Read the given Scriptures. (Read each chapter twice. First, read as a historical narrative. Try to get into the scene. Second, read with an open heart to hear God speaking to you personally)
Jot down anything you would like to remember personally and/or to share.
Make a commitment, mark your calendar.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Col 3:23-24
Bible Study No. 1
The Christian Performance
By Barbara Kavanaugh
No. 1 The Performer/s
No. 1.1 Gratitude
No. 1.2 Diligence
No. 1.3 Grace
No. 1.4 Service
No. 1.5 The Audience
No. 1 .6 The Presentation