Does God attend church? If so, is He a passive spectator or an active participant?
You can plainly see what people do in church — sing, take an offering, preach a sermon; but what does God do in church? God’s working in church is invisible and takes place inside human hearts, so we are often unaware of what God is doing.
Participatory church brings what God is doing in the meeting to the light, as ordinary people show and tell what is going on in their heart. People’s heart-felt testimonies show God’s powerful, invisible actions, bringing a sense of awe to everyone present.
When Christ-followers meet together, we are in the presence of the living, resurrected Jesus Christ (See Matthew 18:20). Therefore, if we are truly aware of Jesus being in the room with us, and we let Him control the meting, church will be: A) Dull, numbing, pacifying, boring; or B) Electrifying, thrilling, heart-stirring, empowering?
Yes, God wants to attend church, but we must also want Him there and make Him welcome in the person of the Holy Spirit. Here”s a quotation: “One of the greatest needs in the church today, is to teach and show people how to be Spirit led. Even many pastors need to learn how to be Spirit led and be delivered from the fear of losing control. They need to trust the Holy Spirit’s leading and presence in the church meetings.” –David Walters