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Friday, April 11, 2014

Worship and Relevance in the Church Choice

I've been in the church long enough that I can feel comfortable in all sorts of church settings. I feel uncomfortable, though, if I realize that I could never invite my friends or my neighbors to this church.






Five great questions of life: Life * Love * Learning * Labor * Leadership

Leadership: What Difference Will I Make?

Worship and Relevance in the Church Choice

By Evan Nehring

This is a continuation of the post series on the Church Search Matrix:

Worship and the Arts

Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
  be praise and honor and glory and power,
  for ever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13)

I was on bass at church last week. Love that! I couldn't get up to Tuesday rehearsal so we pulled it together on Sunday morning early. I’m so in the zone when I’m worshiping with my bass! I'm finding a new creativity that is stretching my musicianship.

Photo Credit: Ashley Campbell Photography on Flickr Creative Commons

A church that uses the arts effectively to connect with our Creator in worship is a gift to the community. My family sings all week those worship songs we sang on Sunday. How great is that! We carry the residual resonance of our community worship time. This is life changing!

In the worship area, “Will my heart be drawn to worship Jesus here?” and “Can I actively lead people in God’s presence here?”


Relevant to Bring Friends

God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. (Acts 17:27)

Relevance is controversial in church circles. Sometimes it’s seen as selling out. More and more, though, churches are embracing the idea that we can both honor the purity of the gospel message and contextualize the message to reach people where they are.

I've been in the church long enough that I can feel comfortable in all sorts of church settings. I feel uncomfortable, though, if I realize that I could never invite my friends or my neighbors to this church. Sunday mornings, or whenever the main service time is at a church, have become the main gathering point for seekers. How will we roll out the red carpet?

So ask, “Do I find a heart of openness to the lost here, or can I help to spur that compassion?”

Comments Are Always Welcome...

Some just like to go where the music's good. Is that you? How do you value worship and relevance as a church member?

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