Should Church Comfort Or Confront?

Should church meetings comfort or confront?  Perhaps both.  Maybe church should “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”

However the goal of a church meeting is not primarily to make people comfortable or to be user friendly.  The goal of a church meeting should be to submit to and manifest the will, desires, and purposes of the living God (be that comfort or discomfort or something else).

But would God want to make anyone uncomfortable?  Paul talks about the importance and value of “godly sorrow.”  That’s uncomfortable.

When Isaiah encountered the living God, he said:  “Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the middle of a people of unclean lips: for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”  That’s very uncomfortable.

Jesus said:  “Blessed are those who mourn . . .”  That’s extremely uncomfortable.  And “Deny yourself, take up your cross . . .” Ouch!  Talk about uncomfortable!

Are you willing to visit a church where God can make you uncomfortable — a sermon-free church where people passionately show and tell what God is doing in their lives?  If you’re up to it, come visit The Salvation Army Berry Street, 225 Berry St., Nashville, TN, 37207 on Sundays @ 10:45 am. and Thursdays @ 6:30 pm.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. I have written two books: Mindrobics: How To Be Happy For The Rest Of Your Life and Your Sperm Won--Experiencing Your Value As A Championship Human Being. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I lead a non-traditional church in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the early church come to life in our time.
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14 Responses to Should Church Comfort Or Confront?

  1. elizabeth s. says:

    GOOD POST! IF U R COMFORTABLE @ CHURCH, THEN U NOT PAYING ATTENTION! MAJOR RUTH BARTHOLOMEW, I ALWAYS SAID TO HER, “OUCH THAT HURTS BUT I NEEDED THAT”! GOD COMFORTS US SO WE CAN COMFORT OTHERS (SOMEWHERE IN HIS WORD ITIS WRITTEN)

  2. ELIZABETH S says:

    I HATE CAPS LOCK STICKING :’(

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  4. lemon123 says:

    Have to admit discomfort isn’t a feeling I chase. Sometimes I’m a Jonah, but God got Jonah out of his comfort zone, right? Love your articles.

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