Thursday, August 03, 2006

Matthew Smith on "Evangelistic Worship"

Matthew Smith has a good post on the subject of whether worship services should be intentionally structured to connect with non-believers, or focused on believers only. Quoting from Tim Keller, Matthew notes that such discussions often miss the larger point:
If the Sunday service and sermon aim primarily at evangelism, it will bore the saints. If they aim primarily at education, they’ll bore and confuse unbelievers. If they aim at praising the God who saves by grace they’ll both instruct insiders and challenge outsiders.

Summarizes Smith:
If God's free grace given to us in Jesus isn't the focus of a worship service (the singing, the preaching, etc.), then "worship" is merely another worthless religious self-delusion.

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