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Fatal Attraction

WARNING: Yes. This is another blog entry about church consumerism.

As I prepare to start a new position worship leadership at a church plant next week, I’ve been asking myself (and God) a question.

What makes a church attractive? The answer: Getting to know Jesus.

Don’t get me wrong…as a musician/worship guy/mac lover/etc., I love fancy-schmancy loops, lights, and fun videos. But also don’t get me wrong…a church whose main attraction is not Jesus is not actually a church. The Biblical Church is how Christ’s message grew from 12 Joe Schmoes to us. The Church is the “bride of Christ” for God’s sake. (I really do mean for God’s sake.) Just because it says 1st Street United Bretheren Community Church of Christ on the big stone water feature entrance sign, doesn’t mean it’s what God created the church to be. If excellence is the end goal, rather the means to an end goal (promoting Jesus), then what is being created is nothing more than a showy community gathering. Nevermind that people are typically charged to get into shows (that’s a whole separate post), but shows can lead to the glorifying of people, not God. Shows lead to temporary enjoyment, not usually transforming change.

Churches have the honor and responsibility of showing God to people who live in a world that doesn’t. Great energy, creative planning, and intentional moments are an important thing in our church today…but it’s not THE important thing. People can make eternal decisions, and we have the responsibility to help lead them there. If we do not, the results could be fatal.

5 responses to “Fatal Attraction”

  1. I thought a cool pastor made a church attractive? Good coffee? How about jumbo video screens?

  2. Jim Hays says:

    Well said.

    I’d chime in on two things you mentioned. One is the Bride. What is a bride without a groom? Just someone dressed up with no place to go. What is The Bride without The Groom? As you said, just a community gathering. Going nowhere special, nowhere eternal, experiencing no true power.

    The other is getting to know Christ. And how do we make Him known so that others might know? We must constantly put Him on display–in all of His glory and beauty and awe-inducing majesty. John Piper has the best definition of what preaching should be that I’ve ever heard–the expository glorification of Christ.
    (Linger on those five words and unpack them.)

    For me, an attractive church is one that stewards every moment of worship time, every hour of staff time, every dollar of resources, and the gifting in every member as an opportunity to put Jesus on display and make Him beautifully compelling to a thirsting watching world–including us.

  3. This is an important blog, and I hope a lot of people read it. You have an awesome opportunity to impact people, being at the grassroots level of a new church. Your worship leading style lends to cultivating an atmosphere that the Holy Spirit can fill, and makes the awesome lights and media an afterthought.

    This blog has also made me question – Where is my own relationship with Christ? As a leader at church, I need to get my head out of “church things” and start really building that relationship with Christ again, to be sold-out and unashamed.

    I’d like to be a Christ follower that contributes to making a church attractive by highlighting a relationship with Christ.

    Thanks for the reminder.

  4. Burt Robinson says:

    Amen brother. I think Matt Redmond found many years ago what we all, in ministry need to be reminded of from time to time. If it’s not all about Jesus, then why are we doing worship, Bible studies, small groups and other things in his name?

  5. Enjoyed the read – good stuff – love your heart dude!

    Peace,
    Matt

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