What should we do on Sunday mornings?

5 07 2012


This post is from a series of blogs I wrote last year working on answering the question: How long should a church service be? In this post we’ll look at what should be included during our weekly gatherings. You can see the whole blog series in .pdf format by clicking HERE.

The elements to be included in the weekly gathering of the Local Church must be Word driven.  In other words, what we should be doing as the Body on Sunday mornings is Word ministry.  John 8:31 says

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples ……

We cannot worship God, and we cannot edify the brethren if we are not abiding in the Word on Sunday mornings.  What’s amazing is that God is not silent or intentionally ambiguous about what should be included in our services!  He plainly reveals these truths to us in Scripture.  So, let’s now discuss what His Word reveals that we should be doing in our regular gatherings:

  • 1. Preaching the Word (2 Tim. 4:1-2)  This is first for a reason.  The preaching of God’s Word is essential.  It should be central and priority to all other things happening on Sunday morning.  Perhaps you do all the rest on this list on Sundays, but if you leave out this one out you’ve missed the “main ingredient” to God’s intent for our gatherings.
  • 2. Singing the Word (Colossians 3:16)  This doesn’t mean you have to find a chapter in the Bible and sing it exactly word for word (although that can work at times!).  But it does mean that you should actually be singing portions of Scripture in your songs, and songs that are not portions of Scripture should be able to be easily “proved” to be implied by portions of Scripture.
  • 3.  Reading and Praying the Word (Acts 2:42, 1 Timothy 2:1, 4:13)  Yes, this element is included in the Sermon, but it should not just be during the sermon that the church is reading and praying the Word.  There should be other times during the service that the Word of God is read publicly and that the prayers of the Saints are prayed according to the Word.
  • 4. Living the Word–  This is the local body living out the Word during corporate gatherings (not just “go act like a Christian when the services are over”).  What I mean is that there are other elements that God says to include in our services that I am classifying here as “living the Word.”  So, these elements include:

a. Financial Giving (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)  Giving to the church is not just a “good idea” but it’s the duty of Believers!  This doesn’t mean you have to “pass the plates” during a service, but it does mean there should be at least a designated area (offering box, etc.) Where the Body can give financially in worship and obedience to Christ.

b. The Lord’s Supper and Baptism (Matthew 28:19, 1 Cor. 11:17-34)  These may not actually happen every Sunday but for a healthy church they should be happening on a regular basis.

c. Fellowship (Hebrews 3:12-14, and many others!) This does not mean eating (although, I’m down for lunch any time) True fellowship is sharing the truths of Christ with one another.  We must constantly be willing to ask how one’s walk with Christ is going and to share what Christ is doing currently in your life.

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