Too many people find church boring. But, hey, it’s not their fault. It is not people’s responsibility to sit in a boring church service and make themselves excited. Christianity, the most exciting facts in the world, should never be presented in a boring way in the first place!
So why is church so often boring to so many people? Perhaps that’s because church services are almost always run and directed by humans and we humans have a difficult time conducting a program about the invisible God in an exciting way.
So, maybe we should just give up. No, I don’t mean “give in” to boring church services; but “give up” the idea of a human controlled church services and instead allow the living, resurrected Jesus, Himself, to personally direct and control church meetings. After all, all Christians at least say that they believe that Jesus is actually present in the meeting when they gather in His name. So why not let Jesus take the wheel?
Let’s just take the old religious bumper sticker slogan and have the preacher sit down, be quiet, and literally release the church meeting to God’s control — “Let go and let God.” There is a scene in the Max Lucado movie, The Christmas Candle, where this actually happens and when it does, excitement fills the room as ordinary people begin to show and tell what God has done.
The early Methodists did this in their class meetings. During the Layman’s Prayer Revival of 1857 spontaneous, Spirit-led meetings broke out all across the USA and the UK bringing an estimated two million people into a relationship with Jesus. The early Quakers (Friends) did church this way and spread around the world. The early Salvation Army meetings were also usually Spirit-led and participatory.
So why not nowadays. If the living Jesus could personally lead meetings in the past, why not nowadays? (The Bible says that He is the same, yesterday, today, and forever.)
Of course Jesus can still directly lead church meetings. We just don’t allow Him to. So why not give it a go? Gather two or three (or more) people and have them all listen to Jesus and then say and do what He tells them to. It’s that simple. (If you are a pastor you can stand up on Sunday morning and do the same thing with the entire church.) The results will amaze as regular people share profoundly through the inspiration of the Spirit.
We’ve met this way for 6 years at The Salvation Army Berry Street in Nashville and no two meetings have ever been the same (or boring). It is always amazing. Come see for yourself on Sundays at 10:45 — 225 Berry St., Nashville, 37207.