I think that the way church services are held are a pretty far cry from the way Jesus intended for them to be. I mean, think about it. You have your praise and worship, announcements, tithe and offering then finally after all of that you get to hear God’s word. Oddly enough they may actually only give 20-25 minutes of Scripture and teaching out of the 3 -4 hours you attend!!!.That’s a lot of time spent AT church!
I believe that church should be more along the lines of a huddle in a football game. People should get together on Sunday and receive the Message that is being taught, then immediately following,Leaders should appoint teams or groups.After the Teams have been established and zones designated, they should go out into the communities and give the message they just received.Bringing souls into the Kingdom of God.
But what normally happens? You go to church spend half the day there, (while looking at your watch to see if it’s past time for the lunch buffet at Golden Corral ) and then you go home. If you are halfway serious about Evangelism you might even tell someone who calls you, what your Pastor preached about today. THIS HAS GOT TO STOP folks!
What did our Lord commission us to do? What is our mission here while we are on planet Earth?
The Word of God says…”Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, ‘This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.'” (Luke 24:45-48). “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation“( Mark 16:15)
You see, we were never meant to just sit around and get fat off the Word and then keep it to ourselves.Many of us don’t even realize the fact that a lot of the people who need to be ministered to will NEVER step foot in a church. They are either too scared of being judged and offended by us or they are too wounded spiritually. Even if you invite everyone in your cell phone or email address book to come to church with you, how many of them actually accept those invitations? Thought so…
I have been working on a ministry plan of action called “Ready, Set, Go!”
Ready- All members congregate at the sanctuary and receive the message for the day. Readying or preparing themselves for the mission at hand.
Set- or “appoint” Leaders and teams. Equipping them with appropriate ministry tools for the mission ( Tracts, bibles to give out, candy or small toys for children etc.)
Go- Get on those busses or vans or bikes or whatever transportation your church has and get into the field to bring people the Good news about Jesus!
Just imagine what our communities would start to be like if ALL the churches in each of our communities would ban together on Sundays, sharing their resources with each other to get this mission accomplished! WoW, that would be beautiful praise God!
What do you think? Better yet… what will you do?