Church, Musings

Worship Evangelism or The Church and Cultural Relevance part 1

Attached is an article that I think is worth reading. It was originally in the May/June 2007 issue of REV Magazine, but I found it through one of the blogs I read–

Worship Evangelsim by Sally Morgenthaler

It continues to amaze me that we (the church generally) have turned worship–which should, by definition, be focused solely or perhaps wholly (and holy) on God into some primarily about me and how I feel.

So how do we balance the need to truly worship God corporately and our need to be culturally relevant?

Maybe that is the wrong question. Maybe the real question that we must be asking is, how do we engage in and foster authentic, meaningful, God-centered, God-honoring worship as church?

The question will have to lead in two directions. First, what we do to foster this kind of worship individually and second, how do we participate in real worship as body?

It may be that in trying to make our corporate worship experience a personal or private worship experience we have caused this focus on–“how I feel about worship” or “I liked the worship today.”

We need to understand the personal, life-style of worship–which is about much more than music–is about a life that is live for the glory of God. This will include the words we say, the acts do, the interactions we participate in and yes, the personal time we spend in worship of God.

This should naturally lead to a life lived to fulfill God’s glory among the nations–because Scripture show that this is what brings God glory. We will then live conscious of the needs of our neighbors and we will BE the church and the church will be relevant in our neighborhoods. Because we seek God’s glory, we will seek to obey His command to love others, which will require spending time with them–especially with the hurting, lonely, questioning, the lost.

It would be my opinion, that if we were doing this, when we gathered together to worship–because we have worship (bowing and serving) throughout the week–our corporate worship would be authentic and dynamic. That those who were invited to join us as guests, would see that our relationship with God was real both to us and in how we treat them. Would they then question whether the church was culturally relevant? Would they question the choice of songs, types of instruments, manor of dress?

Your thoughts?

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

One Commnet on “Worship Evangelism or The Church and Cultural Relevance part 1

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

five × two =

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.