Recently, someone commented on the post Cultural Shifts within the American Church that resonated with some things I've been pondering. This person said,
"I've experienced a lot of unnecessary stuff (in church),
I think, complications to what
God's good plan for
His people is. "
Great thought... Unfortunately, I'm imagining -- not a great experience.
"Unnecessary Stuff..." I have no idea what all is packed in those words for this particular person. But it did get my wheels turning... Unnecessary Stuff that "we" hold on to, adhere to, and even prescribe to others that "hinders" more than "helps."
Reminds me of the following video clip...
Have you ever asked the question,
- What elements of my Christianity are a byproduct of my culture, but not necessarily a biblical prerequisites?
- What is essential to being someone who "follows Christ"?
- What constitutes "having church"?
- Does church have to be on Sunday to be a church?
- Does there have to be an extended time of worship/music/singing to qualify as a church service?
- Does the singing that does that worship/music/singing have to take place all at one time, during the beginning of the service?
- Is the "real" purpose of "worship" to "prepare our hearts for the Word," as it has often been said?
- Does there have to be a "sermon" for it to be a real service? (Does it have to happen on the back-half)
How 'bout another clip...?