Today when you walk in your church what do you notice? Do you see two large screens? A large band off to the side or right out front and center? Does your pastor use extravagant means to keep your attention? Many of todays churches have all of the things or more. So what would happen if they all disappeared and you arrived at church to see people with their bibles in their laps and a pastor leading them in study. Now I do not mean a short 5-15 min sermon but a 2-6 hour study? Would you stay or would you leave? Then my next question would be why?
In our churches we bicker about how fancy our sanctuary is and spend lots of money for fancy sounds systems. Pretty bulletins, nice banners, cushioned seats etc. While in many countries people travel miles by foot or on bicycle to attend a worship time that is considered illegal. If found out they could loose their lively hood, families and even their lives. They meet often in a secret location arriving a different times as to nor arouse suspicion and in a room with little furniture and very little lighting. Yet they come by the droves with their bibles to soak in every bit of study they can. They will sit for hours with out complaining and ask to come back again day after day. We often get frustrated when sermons surpass their allotted 15min time slot. Have we become complacent in our worship? Do we go to church just to say we did, to be entertained or for the socialization? Are worldly things invading our worship? Are we hungry for Gods Word?
I got some of the information for this post from the book Radical by David Platt
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