You’ve heard it before, people saying, ‘church is boring.’ Some have even said, ‘I didn’t get anything out of the worship.’ This is one of the main criticisms of the church of Christ is that it’s too boring.
One visitor said, “this isn’t for me.” Another person said, “I’m not drawn to God by the bands, the food and the entertainment, but I would never go to church without them.” More frequently you’ll find folks comparing amenities between ‘churches’ like they choose options when buying a car.
Perhaps you’ve had similar thoughts. There are a variety of reasons people give as to why
their attendance drops off. The preacher is boring, the singing is flat, the building is ugly, the people are cold & unfriendly.
Allow me to make a bold statement, none of these are the reason. You and you alone are the reason worship is boring!
I’ll prove it to you by showing you the 4 keys to VAIN worship and the remedies for making worship exciting.
The 1st reason some find worship boring is they don’t like the old ways. It’s not in VOGUE with today’s music & styles. They’ll also be critical of the building, the pews & any number of things that appear old fashioned.
REMEDY #1; Remember that worship is ordered by God our creator. [John 4:24]. When we stylize worship to our taste buds, we become guilty of worshiping our bellies or our own selves.
“Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.” [Phil 3:19; cr Col 2:23]
We must do all in the name of Jesus, that means by His permission. We worship the way we do by the scriptural authority of Jesus, the one who purchased the church with His own blood. Remember that, and you’ll instantly see a boost in your excitement.
Reason #2 some find worship cold & boring is that they impugn others motives. They act as mind readers which is impossible. Communication is difficult under the best of circumstances and nearly impossible when you make up thoughts others are having and ATTACK them mentally. Are you not being judgmental yourself?
REMEDY #2; Leave the mind & heart reading to God. We’re not good at it. All we can do is go by their actions & words. Instead of thinking poorly about one another, we’re allowed to think loving thoughts.
“(Love)…thinks no evil;” [1Cor 13:5b]
Reason #3 that folks give is that the people are unfriendly. Really? Let’s see how the typical person enters the building. They come in and walk IMMEDIATELY to a rear pew, on the outside edge speaking to no one as they enter. Then they hold court as if on a “throne” expecting the rest of the congregation to come to them for a greeting. And you’re calling the rest of us cold?! It reminds me of the Pharisees; “Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces.” [Luke 11:43]
REMEDY #3; Here are 5 simple tricks you can do to instantly feel welcome while making others feel welcome also; SMILE.
- Stand up, don’t race to sit down.
- Make eye contact with us. You’re allowed to say hello.
- Interest in others is a gift you give another.
- Listen to them & they will listen to you.
- Expect that others will like you instead of assuming otherwise.
Reason #4 some dislike worship, is that they’re NEEDY. Needy people sound like this, “I didn’t get anything out of the worship.” What if everybody thought that way, where would the giving be?
REMEDY #4; We need to be NEEDY to give. Jesus said it’s more blessed to give. Worship is designed for givers.
- Give teaching in song. Eph 5:19, Col 3:16
- Give of means for spreading gospel. 1Cor 16:1-2
- Give edification. Eph 4:29-32
- Give heart to God. Mat 22:37-39, Mark 7:7
- Give attention to scripture & doctrine. 1Tim 4:13
If you take this in the heart it is given, you will INSTANTLY find more joy in the worship that God has designed.
I love you all.