How long should a church service be? Question 1

27 05 2011

In my last post on this topic (click here) I said that asking the question “how long should a church service be?” is really the wrong question.  The 1st question you must ask is this: Who are the services for?  This post seeks to answer that question…

Let’s just get to the point: Weekly gatherings are for Believers.  You will not find a shred of evidence in the New Testament that would suggest our regularly gatherings are for anyone but Believers.  Here are just a few verses to look up: Acts 2:46, Hebrews 10:25, Acts 20:7, 1 Cor. 16:2, and 1 Thess. 5:27

Automatically this should cause us to know/be reminded of several things:

1. Our service is geared towards the tastes and interests of Believers (not the World- i.e. I shouldn’t put a motorcycle on stage in hopes that more people will come)

2. Believers are characterized by a thirst and zeal for more of God and love for one another. (Psalm 63, 1 John 3:14).

3. Believers need regular fellowship with God and one another.

Now a word of caution: We must remember 3 things-

1. Believers will be on different maturity levels in their walk with Christ.

2. Some who claim to be Believers are not actually Believers.

3. Inviting lost people (or them just coming on their own) to our services is a good thing!

Again, we are seeking to answer the question “How long should church services be?” by answering the questions that really lay the foundation for that question.  If services are for the lost in the World then that would definitly change the way that we do things.  Hopefully, however, you see that they are not- the bible is clear that our weekly gatherings are for the Redeemed.

Next week we’ll seek to answer the question: “What are our weekly gatherings for?”

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