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Everything Is In Context

John Mark McMillan discusses how context determines who you become and gives meaning to what that looks like. He encourages us to use our voices to tell the world how we view God, and the impact that will have.

Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

Course Overview

Unit 1
The Heart of a Songwriter
Unit 2
Refining Your Skills
Unit 3
Finding Inspiration
Unit 4
General Creativity
Unit 5
Song Stories
Unit 6
BONUS (Exclusive Unit) - Bethel Music Songwriting Retreat

Everything is in Context

John Mark McMillan

Worship is bigger than you think it is.
* The Sound of babies is perfect praise

Context: * What gives you context determines where you go and who you become
* It is everything. Everything is only what it is in context to something else
* Eg. Oxygen- you need it to live, however, if that oxygen is mixed with two parts of hydrogen and it is surrounding you, then you can die.

What makes you, you? What gives you context?
* its the things you treasure
* the things you trust
* the things you desire
* If the things you trust, desire, and treasure are not right you could end up taking the long way to where you should be instead of the shorter way.

If you worship anything other than God it will kill you.
* The way we see the world dictates the things we trust, treasure, and desire

Abide in faith (trust), hope (desire), and love (treasure). * The things that give you context rule you
* The artwork of generations represent their lives.
* Our story gives contexts to others and informs what they are going to trust treasure and desire

Worship is bigger than we think.
* There is so much of God that the world desires that they don't see because they don't have context for it
* Your lives/artwork will give context to who Jesus is to a generation/world that doesn’t know him for generations to come

As believers out of fear we have taken our voice out of the conversation and have allowed other voices to tell the world how to look at God.
* If we change the way the church understands music and worship then we will change the way humanity worships God.
* John recommends this book - “The war of Art” - Steven Presfeild
* “You are the salt of the earth but if the salt loses its flavor then how else shall it be seasoned”

LIGHT gives context.