"As she stood looking at it, wondering why there was a lamp-post in the middle of a wood and wondering what to do next, she heard a pitter patter of feet coming toward her..." (C S Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia)

Friday, January 25, 2008

What would you want in a New Service?

At FBC we are thinking about adding a new service, open to everyone but geared towards 20-30-40 year olds. The gospel remains the constant, but how are we to be all things to all men that by all possible means we might save some. What would you want to see happening in a worship service that would allow style to work towards gospel-centeredness rather than as a hindrance from it? Examples

1. Breaking into small group prayer, more chance for fellowship

2. Better use of technology

3. Question/answer times during or after the message

4. More cultural engagement --dealing with what's going on in the world

5. More ancient liturgy, candles, incense, better tie into history

Any thoughts, lay them out.


DAO said...

Reflections on the FBC 1st Service

"The people have been marketed, they have been pitched, they have been sold, they have had their felt needs assuaged. What they haven’t had is anyone get up and open the Bible, tell them who God is, what he has done and call them to repentance in a very clear, forthright way that respects their intelligence."
-Mark Driscoll, Pastor of Mars Hill Church

A Caveat:
Since more time is spent outside the weekly gathering, this service must not be an end to itself but must fortify the Christian for the living of the Christian life…which is 24/7.

A sense of the Holy - “other-ness” of God. God big, man small!

Word / Prayer:
Preaching: Substantial, consistent, faithful Biblical –theological exposition (follow the flow of thought) of the Word of God displaying Jesus as the hero of every page of scripture…in plain language. Doctrine precedes practice. Grace-driven. The Bible forms all of worship services and life.
Prayer: A keen understanding of our utter dependence on God, expressed in our enjoyment of being with Him before, during and after the service. Verbal and thoughtful, silent contemplation.

As God-centered and Christ-exalting as preaching and prayer. Content over volume. Variety of style.

Weekly observance of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.

Structure: creative. Biblical absolutes identified and held tightly, non-absolutes held loosely. Place / day / time / length of service / order, etc.

Q&A sessions to follow. Share meals (lunch) together.

See Grace Fellowship website (http://forgodsfame.org/)
NOTE their Grace Talks (http://forgodsfame.org/resources/gracetalk/

Moe Bergeron said...

Feed his little lambs with His Word and they will be satisfied. Feed them goat food and only the goats will come. Always remain faithful to His Word and beware of those who do not understand the power of the Gospel that He has entrusted into your care.