5 Critical Elements That Should Be Part of Church
It is important to point out as we often say, church is not the building, it’s the people. My question is this: have we put a premium on gathering in the building over growing the people? There are five critical elements that the church should be providing, and most of those cannot happen on Sunday. Let me begin with the two we do well.
One of the reasons we gather is to worship God. In my opinion, there is no greater sound than hearing people come together to pour out their affection on Jesus in heartfelt worship. I can remember times being in church – and I used to go to one of the biggest churches in the Northeast – and when the people would worship you would hear literally fifteen hundred people lifting spontaneous praise and worship to God. It was absolutely amazing.
It reminded me of the passage in Revelation 14 where John describes the sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and loud thunder. Now, your worship experience may be a little different and that is okay, I am not trying to make a comparison. What I am saying is that gathering together for worship is something we should do, and we actually do this well.
No service is complete in our church model without the preaching or teaching of God’s Word. This is a necessary part and is often one of the highlights of the service. For some people, this is the only part of the service they care about. They will even skip the worship just to hear the word. By the way those people miss the whole point of worship anyway (that’s a conversation for another article).
Most churches do a good job of providing instruction from the pulpit. Chances are you are going to get a good word that will be instructional, encouraging, challenging, and hopefully sometimes correcting.
These first two things we do pretty well in our church model, and they can be accomplished within the ninety-minute service. The challenge comes with the things we don’t do so well. As a lead-in to understand those, let’s look at this verse in Acts 2:42:
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
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