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Simon, good question. I have attempted an answer i...

2007-08-20T12:27:00.000-04:00

Simon, good question. I have attempted an answer in a standalone post. You can check it out here:
http://gospeldrivenchurch.blogspot.com/2007/08/5-reasons-for-sermon-centric-worship.html



I think Piper's comments regarding the desire for ...

2007-08-20T04:01:00.000-04:00

I think Piper's comments regarding the desire for God in worship (i.e. going to be fed by him) is an essential balance to the other truth in your comment about just being involved to be fed, rather than to feed (as in I Co 14:26, "..EVERYONE has a hymn, a word of instruction, a revelation etc.).

This is where I am intrigued by your comment about the sermon being central to what we do when we gather, the "most important" thing. Why the sermon over other elements of our shared life? I have experienced this in practice for the last 20 years, and I admit that I really don't know why we elevate the sermon the way that we do. What is the reason for this? Is the Sunday sermon the primary way that we are to be "fed".

Thanks for your thoughts.



Thank you for this, Jared. As one who left a churc...

2007-08-15T10:04:00.000-04:00

Thank you for this, Jared. As one who left a church where I served in many areas but wasn't being fed, I'm grateful for the affirmation that my leaving wasn't out of mere selfishness.

It was a hard decision, bathed in prayer - prayer for my attitude, prayer for our church leadership, prayer for needed change to feed the mature, serving members that wasn't happening. I believe that God led me from that church to my current church in order to provide the spiritual sustenance that I craved in addition to service opportunities.

There have been a few instances where I was made to feel selfish and guilty for leaving even when I knew that God was telling me to leave.



You're right that the Sunday sermon is a small par...

2007-08-15T08:34:00.000-04:00

You're right that the Sunday sermon is a small part of having a relationship with God. You're also right that, as for our own responsibilities, looking more to "get fed" than to "be feeding" is a dangerous attitude.

In the context of a Sunday service, however, I believe the sermon is central, most important. And I think people ought to be able to come expecting to feast on God's Word.

Thanks for the comment!



Interesting post. As a church volunteer that has ...

2007-08-15T00:20:00.000-04:00

Interesting post. As a church volunteer that has done it all, I once found myself discouraged by the lack of committment by volunteers, leaders, etc. You hear about ministry burnout and think it is about the same people doing all of the work. I came to the conclusion that what we do for God, is what we do for God. It has nothing to do with who comes, who goes, or who gives. As long as I am being obedient to my calling, I can count on God to do the rest. However, that doesn't really address the issue of what the church is supposed to do for its' people. I agree to half of what you are saying, but still contend that people are responsible for receiving or rejecting God's message, whether it be at church at home, or at work. The Sunday sermon is the smallest part of having an intimate relationship with God.