We had a great service this past Sunday morning. We had about 80 people that came to our morning worship. Out of that 80 we had 5 visitors, God is good. As I think about this, I often wonder what makes a service great.
Is the greatness of a service dependent on the sermon that is presented? While the sermon is important to the service, it is not what makes a service great. You can have the best sermon in town and the service still be a flop.
So what about the music? Does the music matter? If it is contemporary or traditional will that define the service and make it one one of the best? (Personally I don’t like the term traditional or contemporary, for me the music should be Spirit-led.) While the music is also important for it prepares people for the sermon, it is not what makes it great.
Someone might than say, well it has to do with attendance. The more people you have at the church is what makes the service great. While attendance is encouraging and exciting that in itself is not what makes a service great. I have seen churches with a small attendance of 10 have a great service as a service with 80-500 in attendance.
So what makes a service great? I believe what makes a church service great is the Presence of God. You can have the best music, the best sermon and the best attendance but without the Presence of the Living God it will not work.
So how do churches get God’s presence in their services? I believe first it begins with us individually. We must prepare ourselves to worship God. Remove anything in our lives that would be a hinderance. Second, I believe that we must invite Him in. The Lord will not go where He is not invited. Finally, have open hearts.
If we do this, the style of worship, the way of the sermon is presented or the attendance will not matter because we know that God is there.
Have a good day!!!
15 “However, the report went around concerning Him all the more; and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their infirmities. 16 So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.” Luke 5:15-16
Ever felt like you just want to scream? The things that you use to enjoy doing now annoy you and you don’t know why. When this happens maybe it is time to take a break.
I truly believe there comes a time when everyone needs a break. The break we might need might be from our job, people, relationships and situations. This break is not meant to be permanent but temporary a way to refocus and rethink over things. This break might be getting by ourselves for a few days or taking a walk outside. However we take that break is up to us.
While you take this break, may I give you some advice. Don’t take this break without God, allow Him to be a part of it. Use this break as a means to get closer to God and to seek His direction for your life. Once you have done this you will find strength and encouragement to go on in your daily life. When you look at Scripture this is what Jesus did and if Jesus thought it was that important we should too.
Make plans to take a break today, you will be glad you did!!!
15 “So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 16 And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple. 17 Then He taught, saying to them, ‘Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’’ 18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it and sought how they might destroy Him; for they feared Him, because all the people were astonished at His teaching.” Mark 11:15-18
As one looks at this passage closely, they began to see a Jesus that they are not use to seeing. When we picture Jesus, we see Him having the little children come and sit on Knee or healing the lame or causing the blind to walk again but this Jesus filled with anger we are not use to seeing. One might ask, “Why is Jesus so angry? Is it because they were selling doves and exchanging money?” Although many believe this is true, it is not. If you look closely you will see what Jesus is really upset about.
During the days of Jesus, the Romans were over the land. The money that was given was Roman money and not Jewish money. In order to give to the Temple one must give Jewish money. The only way one could do that is through a money changer. Also during these times Jewish people had to travel miles in order to come to the temple to worship God. It was often hard to carry their offerings with them so it made sense for someone to sell those things to make it easier on the weary traveler.
This in itself was not wrong but what made it wrong was that those who were selling and changing out the money were taking advantage of and cheating the people. This is the reason Jesus was upset. They were taking something that was suppose to be holy turned it into a means to make a profit. They were disrespecting God’s Temple, they were disregarding worship and on top of that they were mistreating God’s people.
While many of us would say that this does not fit us, let me bring this home to you. The Bible tells us that our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. When we hold anger, lust, hatred etc. we are defiling His temple. The only way this Temple of ours can be cleansed is through the power of Jesus Christ. Just as Jesus cleansed that Temple in Jerusalem, so He wants to do with your life. The question is: “Will You Let Him!”
19 “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20