Worship for the Un-believer

Preaching is theology coming through a man who is on fire. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

I know it happens every week, however, I was acutely aware that this past weekend there was an unchurched, un-believer in our worship services.

I began to wonder…’what do they think of what is going on?’ ‘do they understand?’

In recent decades there have been philosophical changes in how churches deal with the reality of the ‘unchurched’ and ‘un-believer’ in their worship services. Those changes have been well-documented and argued over for years. I have been a part of those discussions and have worked in churches that have swung to each side of the pendulum.

Here is what I have become convinced about… the ‘unchurched’ Continue Reading…

Speed Vision

I move through life fast…and I miss much that I should observe

I have passed a house and a  horse many, many times…probably close to 200. However, it wasn’t until I changed the speed through my route that I even noticed they were there.

For the last ten years the house and horse are on a route that I have ridden a back on. The path where these lie are on a little bit of downhill slope therefore I am on the top range of my speed.

In the past year I have merged my cardio exercise routine from ride a bike to running and as my running miles have increase I find myself running the same routes that I used to ride.

Running the same roads that I once biked I see things differently, even things I have missed before…why? Continue Reading…

What Do My Children See?

I can write with all honesty that I am a Christ follower. I am not always the best Christ follower but I know my sin is forgiven and I have a relationship with Christ….and it all started because of…

I am fortunate I have a rich and long history of family members who follow Christ and I truly believe that if it were not for them I might have a different life and future.

I remember my dad recounting memories of how he went to church with his grandfather on a wagon being pulled by a horse.

I remember seeing my grandfather and hearing him preach.

I remember seeing my grandmother’s bible that was fallen apart from continual use.

I remember seeing my dad sharing Christ with others.

I remember hearing my mom praying behind closed doors in her bedroom.

Now I am thinking…what will my children remember.

Have I done enough that my children are encouraged to walk with Christ?

Do my children see me act Christ-like in circumstances outside of the church?

In 2 Timothy The Apostle Paul encourages Timothy through a reminder of his faith heritage to keep going.

I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy, clearly recalling your sincere faith lived in your grandmother Lois, then in your mother Eunice, and that I am convinced is in you also. Therefore, I remind you to keep ablaze the gift of God that is in you.

I am challenged by the words of Paul to be a reflection of Christ that my children can see.

Help Them See the Thread of the Gospel in Christ Centered Worship

I am not a big fan of the worship leader doing much talking during the worship service. I have attended those services where there were two sermons given, one by the pastor and one by the worship leader.

However…

there are times when it is necessary to speak, especially when a few words can help transition between songs or other elements of the service. At other times a few words can help a congregation see the ‘gospel story’ that they just voiced.

Halfway through our worship song list today I stopped and spoke to remind the congregation of the testimony they had just sung and show them the testimony and truths they were about to sing. In a few brief statements we connected all the songs to God’s love and pursuit for us. Here is the list: Continue Reading…

A Worship Review from September 23, 2012

It is often awkward visiting a church:

  • will I know the songs?
  • will I be put in the spotlight as a guest?

I didn’t know all the songs but the new ones were presented in a way, with such passion, that I could easily observe, quickly learn and sing along.

In just three songs the story of God, the Gospel was presented. Scripture was used as the opening words of the service. Continue Reading…

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