Awakening Pure Worship: Cultivation A Closer Friendship with God
By Jordan Aker
Jeff Deyo, Worship Arts Specialist at North Central University, released his first book, “Awakening Pure Worship,” on Sept. 18, 2018. Aside from being a new author, Deyo is a worship pastor at Celebration Church in Lakeville, Minnesota. He is also a recording artist, songwriter, and speaker. He is most renowned for being the former lead singer of the award-winning, Christian band Sonicflood and for his leading role in the movie “The Imposter.”
The concept of the book stemmed from Jeff Deyo’s phrase, “We are called to an everlasting preoccupation with God.” said Deyo, “Imagine if we were so preoccupied with our relationship with God that we forgot to be worried, stressed, or forgot to fear….” This completely altered Deyo’s perspective. He realized that worship is more about a relationship with God than music. “Awakening Pure Worship” also revolves around Psalm 27:8, “My heart has heard you say, ‘Come and talk with me.’ And my heart responds, ‘Lord I am coming’” (New Living Translation). According to Deyo, this is the key that unlocks the book.
Growing up, Deyo held the mentality that religious activities were his ticket to heaven. He saw them as an obligation. However, Deyo’s perspective shifted when he realized that “Worship and relationship with God is an invitation, not an obligation.” The book explores Deyo’s personal endeavors of worship and encourages readers to indulge in pure worship in order to develop a next-level relationship and friendship with the heavenly Father.
“Awakening Pure Worship” directly confronts the motives of the devil, which are restricting believers from awakened worship. According to Deyo, “There are some incredibly deep and difficult things to digest, but the way it is presented is very conversational and down to earth.” Deyo challenges readers, “How will you respond to the invitation that God has given us?”