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EOW – How Great Is HE (UK)

EOW (Expressions Of Worship):
As instructed by God in 1998 Pastor Paul Anthony Clarke left the country to go to Scotland where he sought God’s face and pursued understanding concerning the way in which God would have him operate as a servant in the body of Christ. In this time the Lord began to speak about ‘Expressions of Worship’ a term describing more than mere actions portrayed in praise dance, singing or poetry. But a term depicting a life style set apart to revere God in every aspect. God began to elaborate the meaning of this term through scripture by directing Pastor Clarke to Isaiah 29 highlighting vs 13.
‘The Lord says:  “These people come near to me with their mouth and honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.”’
God then spoke to Pastor Clarke again in Matthew 15:1-9 where Jesus actually quotes the above scripture in relation to Pharisees who were challenging the conduct of his disciples.
‘Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”
Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, ‘Honour your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’ they are not to ‘honour their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:
“‘These people honour me with their lips, 
but their hearts are far from me. 
They worship me in vain; 
their teachings are merely human rules.
Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth that is what defiles them.”’
God was prophetically describing how people had become blinded by their rituals and their vision impaired by religion therefore their worship was in vain. He revealed how His children have access to the Holy of Holies only through the blood of Jesus Christ therefore religious customs are of no value.

In the above scripture the Pharisees were challenging the great High Priest. God declared that he had put a priestly anointing on Expressions of Worship (EOW) that would challenge the way in which the church worshipped, not mere teaching on the acts of worship but challenging a lifestyle that is based on obedience to God so that He can manifest through the lifestyle of His people.
God had blessed EOW with a unique way of worship allowing people to examine their characters and not to be dependent on religious acts of worship.

EOW teaches God’s people to uphold a standard of Holiness and contest meagre practices in the church where teachings are geared towards how to look Holy rather than how to be Holy, where churches put the focus on methods behind leading praise and worship or preaching and these same people are the ones entangled in deceit, immorality and fornication. This is what Jesus meant by ‘it is not what enters a man that defiles him’ but his external attributes are what defiles his worship and compromises his relationship with God.

God then began to describe that those that will be part of expressions of worship would have their lifestyles as well as their characters tested. God wanted His children to understand the importance of worship being more than religious conduct but being an intimacy manifested in an individual’s everyday life. With this knowledge and spiritual insight into God’s actual intent for His children Pastor Clarke was able to establish the ministry and they held their first conference in 2001 ‘I don’t want to worship from a far’. This conference was based on Moses’ journey up the mountain to commune with God and being drawn closer to God, whereas the Israelites who were in the camp further away from God were drawn to their past life in Egypt and created a false God befitting to their desires to sin. This conference highlighted the necessity to have an intimate relationship with God because once this is lost the individual begins to create their own God.

The next conference that the Lord laid on Pastor Clarke’s heart was ‘Deceived in the outer court’ which explained how people can be so caught up in religion and tradition that they become deceived about their level of intimacy with God and assume that because there are signs and wonders and God’s power is moving in a church service that they have a relationship with God. However in actual fact they are far from Him, as this same power of God is not evident in their lifestyle or character. The conference exposed people being hearers of the word of God but not doers, concentrating on physical appearances, the way the choir sounds or the eloquence of the pastor’s preaching and therefore although they are in church they are deceived and have not truly entered the Holy of Holies, the place where God’s spirit dwells.
God spoke so vividly through that conference that the theme was continued in the next conference as it was vital that His children were not deceived about true worship. Since many people in the church had come to a place where they were offering lip service but their hearts were so far from God, they had been deceived in the outer court, deceived in a church, deceived in the body of Christ by calling religious actions worship. God wanted to emphasize the significance of His power being manifested beyond a church service, but God manifesting in their day to day actions and life.

This conference was followed by another conference in 2006 themed ‘The weight of His Glory’ which involved Christians learning how to have the ultimate worship experience, by tapping into the God’s manifested presence in order for Him to completely transform the individual into His exact image and likeness.

In 2007 a transition in EOW took place where God allowed the ministry to take on a bigger form and stronger mandate. The ministry held a conference themed ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ based on the scripture in Matthew where Jesus is teaching his disciples how to pray and in this prayer he mentions ‘Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come….’. Within this scripture God revealed the fundamental consequence of true worship granting power and access to His kingdom being established here on earth as it is in heaven. Before believers can experience the kingdom of God they must be in a place of worship. When the kingdom of God comes His children are transitioned in their mind to be able to fully walk in the will of God and recognise His sovereignty. God was now able to move on new dimensions where the ministry was concerned as they had taken on an understanding of worship that would allow God’s will to take prominence in their lives for His Kingdom to be established here on earth.

As a ministry the members of EOW met regularly for prayer meetings, but in summer 2009 God established the ministry as a church meeting on a Sunday morning and fellowshipping after service. As well as meeting as a church the ministry still held conferences, retreats and various social activities annually.

Now the mandate for EOW to transform lives by establishing God’s kingdom has translated through several arenas expanding beyond the four walls of a church building and has branched out as a Community Organisation, Business Corporation as well as a Ministry.

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