Two ways a church service can train people:
1) Church could train people to be passionate, prophetic, Spirit-prompted participators.
2) Instead church tends to train people to be silent, sedentary, subservient spectators.
What is the church you attend training you to be? #1 or #2?
The early Methodists trained people to be #1:
“In the early Methodist class meetings, members shared their experiences. They prayed together. They affirmed and if need be, corrected each other. They learned to watch over one another in love.” –David Lowes Watson
Spirit-led, participatory church trains people to be #1:
“No matter how peculiar or outrageous” participatory church seems, it sets captives free!
“There are those in the ranks of the (Salvation) Army as conservative as the most ‘churchy’ people in the world; there are those who are always ‘desirous of new things;’ there are those who would like every meeting to be a Holiness meeting, and those who like better a ‘free-and-easy;’ there are those who like singing, and those who would rather hear sermons; but whatever they like or dislike, they are united on this point, that no matter how peculiar or how outrageous a measure seems, if it leads up to soul-saving, it shall be done.” – Maud Booth, Beneath Two Flags, 1889
Here’s how the early Salvation Army trained people:
“The Salvation Army comes before the world today with no new doctrines, but the same Christ and Him crucified that Paul preached; with the same protest against formalism and insincerity that moved Luther; with the same plan of carrying the Gospel to those who will not come to it that Wesley followed; with the same holiness that made Finney a guiding star to thousands of souls. The old problem, so-called, of how to reach the masses has been solved by them, not by argument or discussion, but by going and doing it.” – Maud Booth, Beneath Two Flags, 1889
At The Salvation Army Berry Street in Nashville, Tennessee, our goal is to train people to be passionate, prophetic, Spirit-prompted participators. Rather than a 1-man sermon, our meetings are based on ordinary people, as prompted by the Spirit, showing and telling what God has done.
Come see for yourself on Sunday mornings @ 10:45, 225 Berry St., Nashville, 37207.