Sunday, December 18, 2005

Hey Man, what's your God?

I was able to sit down and talk to a friend who is a pastor of a well known denomination. One of the thoughts he triggered was, "What is your God?".

We were discussing the Reggie McNeal book "The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church". We talked about some of the things that created the so called "Worship Wars" within churches. These include things like:
  • Worship styles... Contemporary vs Traditional
  • Sticking to denominational identities, even when there is baggage associated with it.
  • Unwillingness to become more specific in your ministry (i.e. Do you have a teen service with different style than your regular service? What about services for those that do not like contemporary sounds or services).
It really all comes down to "What is your God?".

In their "Wired For Worship" series at National Community Church, Mark Batterson states that "You can't Not worship". Mark defines worship as "Giving credit where credit is due. Sin (fill in the blank) is giving credit to anyone besides God for anything". Is your god the building you meet in? Your family? Your job? Your worship style?


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Anonymous said...

Could your god also be; wanting the latest trend, risk taking, seeking to be like an ‘in style’ body of believers? People fail on both sides of the spectrum.