Let's Reinvent Church!
                                                                Dusty Kemp
 

There is a popular movement today to "reinvent" the way we "do church." One stated reason  for this is that people became bored with church as they knew it and left. The facts support that a transition is happening. The latest polls show four people are leaving the church and Christianity for every one that joins. Similarly, the number of atheists has doubled in the last few years. Clearly, something is wrong.

 

Ministry leaders having decided that the methods being used were the problem, have sought more appealing ways to conduct services so that the people who remain will stay and maybe new members will come. Being "seeker-sensitive" is one thing its called. These "attractions" have included everything from adding lights and smoke in worship, to "updating" the songs, to adding coffee shops, to shortening the services and watering down the message...and the list goes on and on. I know of churches that have played Katy Perry and Adele as pre-service music. Their desire is to be "relevant" and in touch with the modern times. It might be "fun," even "exciting," but these are mere emotions. Does it usher in the Spirit and prepare hearts to deny themselves in the worship of God?  

 

 

 

 

                                  One of these is a Christian Worship service. The other is a Rock Concert.

                                                                                    Which is which?  

                                                                     Does it matter? Maybe, maybe not.  

                                                                                        Just asking

 

Please understand, I'm not saying some of these methods are wrong in themselves, (some are!) but what needs to be addressed is our "motives". If God told someone to add lights and smoke to their worship, then that's what they should do. I'm simply saying we need to ask ourselves "Why" are we doing what we are doing? Before we start making changes, perhaps we should identify what is really wrong lest we discard what we should keep and cling to rubbish.

 

I understand people who get bored with church. I have been bored with church sometimes, and I'm in charge of the service! But when I take a serious and sincere look at why myself and others might be bored, some interesting questions arise...

 

* Yes it could be that we, (you, me, them) are bored because what we are doing is not anointed of God, but could it be instead that we are not in the right heart condition to experience Him? Nothing quenches the Spirit faster than a compromised life. If we are living in the world and trying to live for God, then church is going to be boring. Every time.

 

* Are we adding more attractive methods in order to be "relevant" to people who are living a compromised life in the world and trying to live for God? That is simply imitating worldly culture to appeal to it's people. It's no wonder then, that some churches look like nightclubs, rock concerts, etc. We can't compete with the world. We aren't called to.

 

* Could it be that we are doing the right things, using the right methods, but they are not anointed of God? If we are worshiping but there is no presence, praying but there is no answer, and preaching with no results...I'm 99.9999% sure that the problem is between us and God, and not in our methods or with Him. 

 

* If people are leaving because they love the world more than God, do we really want to change our methods to attract them? They aren't bored with and leaving our methods, they have left Him! Is our goal the number of people who attend or is it to make disciples? A person in love with the world is going to grow tired of the things of God. Woe to us if we become worldly to appease them. 

 

I don't think we should try to have 1970's church in the year 2015. No. I think we should have 30 A.D. church in 2015! The church model that worked then is what we need now. It can't be obtained with brighter lights and better music. It happens when holy hearts are on their knees, seeking the will of Jesus!

 

42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. 44 And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; 45 and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. 46 Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread [as]from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved. (Acts 2)

People were being saved every day! Why? The Lord was adding to their number. He wasn't impressed with their building (they didn't have one) or music (there probably was none). He was moved by their love for Him and each other, their prayer, their devotion to His Word, and they prayed continually. None of this costs money, but it costs us our "self," because it takes our time.  

 

For the record...I totally understand that methods that are outdated    

 

should be discarded, like when you start double-spacing in a blog and  

 

 

change the font. An outdated method can take away from the message.  

 

 

But once again, the question is "Why are we doing it?"  

 

 

So the choice is ours: we can do it His way with the Holy Spirit, or our way with money and sideshows. It's up to us. But remember...only His way works.


 


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