One of my favorite things about following Jesus is that I know that I’m not the only one following Jesus. I’m never alone. There are so many of you that I depend on to keep my walk with Jesus on solid ground. I could not remain faithful without the presence of the Holy Spirit and like minded brothers and sisters like you.
That’s why I love meeting with my Church family every single week. Every week we come together to fellowship with God and one another…to worship…to pray…and to hear the Word.
The Bible urges this community in Hebrews 10:23-25, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
One of the methods I believe God has ordained believers to “spur one another on toward love and good deeds” is to habitually meet with one another for fellowship, worship, prayer, and teaching of the Word (Acts 2:42).
As a leader in the Church, I can honestly testify that our leadership team is diligent to prepare a worship service each and every week that centers around the Word of God. The Bible is the catalyst that gives birth to the message that will be preached. The Bible is focus that creates the list of songs that we will sing. The Bible is the guide that leads us through various worship elements and visual illustrations with which we collectively participate. Every second of every worship service is thoughtfully, intentionally, and most of all prayerfully birthed from the Word of God that will be taught that day.
From the very beginning, the Holy Spirit is invited to take the lead and give direction, illumination, and inspiration to what we do. Your leaders are not haphazard in how we lead the Church in worship, prayer, and teaching. We intentionally pray and prepare a worship service that will maximize your opportunity to receive the Word so that it will produce fruit (Matthew 13:23).
I don’t believe in waiting until Sunday morning and waiting to see what the Holy Spirit will do. The Holy Spirit is involved from the conception of the worship service plan.
When you and your family attend a worship service, you play just as vital a role in maximizing your opportunity to receive the Word of God so it will produce fruit. In fact I believe the Holy Spirit is just as involved in the part you play as He is in the planning and preparation of the worship service.
What’s your part? I’m so glad you asked. Here are three ways you can make the most of worshipping with your Church this Sunday:
1. Prayerfully prepare yourself for worship and hearing the Word.
*Take a moment and say a prayer to focus your heart in your car before you get out.
*Enter the Worship Center a few minutes early to say a prayer to focus your heart
*Be on time. Nothing robs you of spiritual preparation like rushing in because you’re late.
*Pray for those who are leading you. The person standing on stage who is leading you in worship or teaching you the Word is stepping to the front line of the spiritual battle field. Pray for them. Paul encouraged the believers in Colossae to “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.” (Colossians 4:2-4)
2. Respect everyone’s opportunity and do not serve as a distraction.
*Stay in your seat. Every time you get up to leave your seat, you draw attention away from the stage. consequently, when you return to your seat, you again draw attention away from the stage. I know it’s not intentional, you just had to pee. So if you absolutely must leave your seat, consider sitting in the back row when you return so you cause the least distraction possible.
*Check-in your kids. Consider making use of the nursery for your babies and children’s ministry for your children. Nursery and Children’s ministry is more than a babysitting service at our Church. My children have fun and learn about Jesus and I’m grateful for that. However, if you insist on having your children in the worship service with you, please be mindful of others around you. I’ve learned that I’m a trained parent capable of tuning out the sounds of my kid. You maybe able to focus but others sitting around cannot.
*Turn your cell phone off. (Don’t need Candy Crush reminding you that it’s your turn.)
*Resist falling asleep. Maybe you just got off from working all night or you didn’t sleep well last night. I know you don’t mean to so if you’re struggling, go to the back and stand up so you’re nodding off doesn’t distract others around you.
3. Decide that there’s something every week that you need.
You have next steps every time you open the Word. Too often we’ll read or listen to God’s Word and never consider what to do with it! Pastor Lane Jones of NorthPoint Church wrote, “Unapplied truth is like unapplied paint. It doesn’t do anybody any good.” James 1:22 says “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” Every time you open the word, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal what you’re supposed to do with it. Then obediently do it.
I believe every single week we are fulfilling God’s will for His people. I don’t want to miss out and I don’t want to be the reason someone misses it because I served as a distraction. If anything you’ve just read sparks a thought, share it in the comments below and let’s see what conversation we can start!