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Envy -The Enemy Within by Bob Sorge

Envy Insults God. Songwriter and Worship leader David Baroni.
Envy Insults God. Songwriter and Worship leader David Baroni.

Envy almost influenced me to walk away from what I do best. Envy is a subtle and powerful weapon of darkness. If I am not careful, I will casually let envy erode the confidence and clear conscience needed to bring fulfillment in the plans and will of God for my life.

The book by Bob Sorge is a great exploration of the destructive poison of the spirit of envy.

Let’s get into our Worship Leader Review of Bob Sorge’s book called  Envy -The Enemy Within

  • Total pages: 150
  • Shortest chapter length 26 pages
  • Longest chapter length 8 pages
  • Personal Stories & Scriptural Examples
  • first published 2003

Chapter Titles

  1. The Most Common Problem that Nobody Has
  2. What is Envy?
  3. The Brothers
  4. The Great Talent Showdown
  5. Why Revival Tarries
  6. The Cross: Death of Envy
  7. Perceiving the “Measure of Grace”
  8. The Envy Detour: Death or Destiny
  9. Rooted in Love

Quotes about Praise

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Bob Sorge’s book Envy; The Enemy Within:

  • Envy is the internal pain we feel over someone else’s success
  • Envy is the Natural by-product of being favored by God – Michael Cavanaugh
  • It’s the tallest tree that gets hit by lightning
  • Envy is always an issue with the brothers
  • No amount of practice can give you a gift you haven’t received from God
  • There is always somebody more talented than you
  • When revival hits two things typically begin to gather in abundance; people and money
  • God protects power with problems
  • My goal is to be known in Heaven
  • The best antidote for envy is the pursuit of the knowledge of the love of Christ

The Great Talent Showdown

My favorite chapter in this book is titled The Great Talent Showdown. This chapter contributes to a deeper understanding of the parable Jesus Christ shared regarding the talents found in the book of  Matthew 25:14-30

…each according to his own ability. Matthew 25: 15 

Bob concludes that when it comes to the ministry of music, one’s level of giftedness becomes so measurable, you can almost put a numerical value on it.

I also like this idea that Bob brings to light; It might be tempting to look at someone else with more gifts than you and envy what they have; but the truth is that if you had their level of gifting, you could potentially suffer quick burnout and utter frustration. Your ‘ability’ may not be meant to handle it.

Having said that, I like that Bob points out that you can only work with what giftings and talents god gives you, but you can also multiply them!

Bob Sorge has also included Mike Bickle’s perspective on talents. The more talent and giftedness a person is,  more publicly and visually expressed towards a more prominent public platform.

And finally, when it comes to leadership, I like this thoughtful illustration Bob makes explain the various talents given by The Lord:

“If the level of excellence in the worship ministry (and other ministries) doesn’t grow with the church, the growth of the churchwill level off and will plateau according to the level of giftedness among its leaders.”  -Bob Sorge

Following the River by Bob Sorge: Book Review

Following the River

Inspired by the worship leading book Following the River by Bob Sorge
Inspired by the worship leading book Following the River by Bob Sorge

I began leading worship in the church in May 1992. I was 20 years old. It has been quite a journey. I have experienced many exciting things during my journey. I have had many encounters and many dreams and visions too. I remember hearing fun worship songs about The River.

I believe everything starts with a decision. The conception of my personal worship leading journey started with a decision.

Decisions are made from our encounter with circumstance. What happens to us requires a decision from us.

In 1992, I made an intentional decision to read and study truth. 

Today, I still make this very important decision to read about truth, but…enough about me for now, let’s get into this little book by Bob Sorge called Following the River: A Vision for Corporate Worship

  • Total pages: 78
  • Short Chapters
  • Personal Stories & Scriptural Examples

Quotes about Worship

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Bob Sorge’s book Following the River:

  • Rivers don’t follow straight lines
  • It’s not by song list, it’s not by service order, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts
  • Just because you practiced the song, doesn’t mean it’s the right song for Sunday morning
  • Preparation empowers you to deviate from your preparation
  • It’s not a worship service until you find the river
  • When worship’s tapestry is finished, everyone comes away with a clear understanding of what the Spirit is saying to the Church
  • The war is between the old song and the new song
  • In the vast majority of instances, the unthrottled power of worship is tapped and unlocked in the new song
  • The wise worship leader will bring our of his or her storehouse songs new and old

Sea of Glass Worship

My favorite chapter in this book is titled Sea of Glass Worship. This enlightening chapter reveals the incredible and provoking idea that there are no worship leaders leading the worship around The Throne of God.

Referencing Revelation 14:1-2, we can gain a few detailed insights like the following from this little handbook for corporate worship:

On the sea of glass, the great multitude is 100% proactively engaged in worship. There is no need for anyone to exhort them to wake up because a river of fire is flowing into their hearts by the power of the Holy Spirit, causing each member of the Bride of Christ to erupt with extravagant affections for the beloved Bridegroom. On the sea of glass, the great multitude has ownership of the worship. Nothing can extinguish their flame.”  -Bob Sorge

The humor and wit of Bob Sorge are clearly identified:

“And I, John, beheld, and lo, a platform. And on the platform, a microphone, And at the microphone, a leader. And slightly behind the leader were four singers, each with a microphone. And the leader’s microphone was louder than theirs, And lo, I saw a keyboard. And guitars. And a drum set. And speakers. And the sound coming from the platform was so powerful that you couldn’t tell if anyone was singing. “

The Worship in Heaven

One final thought about this great little book…Bob presents a convincing thought about the primary differences between heaven’s worship and our worship today. take a look at his contrast.

“Heaven’s Worship is multitude driven; our worship is platform driven. To be successful, contemporary worship relies heavily upon the role of leaders and musicians to take us from commencement to completion.

When you look at the heavenly scenes of Revelation, you’ll notice there’s one thing curiously absent from heaven’s worship-a worship leader.”

The worshippers of heaven do not need anyone telling them to lift their hands. There is no need for someone to say,  “everyone sing…let me  hear ya say, ‘Praise the Lord’,  or Worship Him now.”

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