As you are probably aware, if you visit here often, I explore “Church” a lot. What is it? What did Jesus mean, what DOES He mean and intend for it? What does the word mean, to the institution, to God, to us? This is an exploration that the Lord began with me long ago. Through my youth and early career I could feel, could sense, a deep sense of dissatisfaction, of dissonance, between what “we do” and what the First Century church was. That quest, to understand the difference, began decades ago. Across that time, the Lord has been more than faithful and even I, dull as I am, have come to understand some things about that.
More recently, though… the past few years… I’ve felt particularly challenged to envision this experience we call “Church”, as Jesus intends for us to. To learn (from scripture, reflection, prayer) what Church is and means, and what role that is to play in our lives, and we are to play in the life of Church. You see this more clearly expressed in the phrase of one category of this Blog… “If Jesus Did Church”. There is the critical question…
“If Jesus Christ came to earth to pastor a church for the next 10 years, exactly what would that be like? What would He do? How would that run? What would be its mission? How would that work?”
The questions, the study, the prayer and pondering have led me to a number of different ideas on a vast array of things. But right here I just want to consider the matter of “Worship”.
One of the major “Tasks of the Church” could be considered “To Worship”.
Pretty clear, obvious, self-evident, isn’t it? No problem with that, is there?
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From here, the Lord just posed a few questions to consider. Rather than enter into a long discourse, let me just pose these questions to you, your mind and spirit, and see how you comment and respond.
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“How many times in the New Testament did Jesus instruct, command, order, anyone to worship Him?”
“What DID Jesus instruct, command, order anyone to do regarding relationship or action regarding Him?”
“Which would it seem that The Church should focus on?”
“Which does it seem that YOUR church focuses on?”
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Please feel free to ponder, respond, discuss, comment. We’ll continue tomorrow…