(By: Nick Kennicott)
I regularly get glossy mailers from the latest and greatest church plants in/around our community and instantly run to the computer to check out their website. The newest one has a “Sunday worship experience” and seeks to “be Jesus” to our community. In other words, it seems as though worship is about feeling good and getting excited. And I hate to break it to my new neighbors, but they will never be Jesus to anybody, nor should they want to. We are all lame, broken, fallen substitutes that fall far short of the true King of kings. I don’t want a substitute and I don’t want to offer one either. I want Jesus.
Here’s their teaser: “When you come to a Sunday experience at ____ you can expect a coffee waiting for you and friendly faces. Your kids have an exciting safe environment for them with fun in mind. They won’t be bored to death. Our worship is upbeat and passionate and will probably look more like a concert from a venue downtown.”
I think I’ll stick with biblical worship on the Lord’s Day and catch an actual concert at a venue downtown some other night.
I’m so grateful the Lord has given us clear instruction from the Bible regarding ecclesiology, worship, and the importance of the ordinary means of grace. I am humbled by God’s truth and have a great desire to pray all the more for the purity of Jesus’ bride.