|I am going to throw out a question and tomorrow I will give more of my opinion. I would like to hear from some of you concerning this question. One of the things I like about blogs is you have no idea how many other people read this blog.. let me assure you it is less then 10,000 🙂 I will leave the rest to your imagination.
Tonight we had a foreign exchange student from South Korea for her first service at our church. I believe the students were nice, the building was clean, the preacher was passionate and excited about his message, and we showed her that we anticipated her time with us. She professes to be a Christian and does not have an option about coming back, becuase of the family she lives with are “followers of the way”.
This made me think of a question. Last night we had a kid come with one of our faithful friends to church. I was so proud of the step he took. The kid he brought was from a Russian family and had only been to a church one other time in his life. He came to church met a couple kids, sat on the front row, heards somethings he had never heard, heard some things he didn’t understand, and went home.
This is something that has happened on many, many occassions. Not just in our church but in almost every church in America. From what I can tell, the kid did not come back to church tonight simply because he didn’t really enjoy his time last night. Why should he? He is unregenerated? The things that made us say “amen” made him say “what?”. He didn’t hear the gospel during the service and that is not to anyones discredit. We are a body of baptized believers who are joined together for the purpose of bring God glory by the furtherance of His fame! Simply, he looked into a business meeting that he had not stock or investment into.
Is a church service the best place to introduce a teenager to Christ? Since this kid did not enjoy the service will he want to come to any other activity we have? Would we be better off keeping the church for the saved and just taking the Gospel to them? Is the church service supposed to be an evangelistic arm of the church family?
I will state my opinion on this sometime tomorrow. However, I wanted to hear you opinions first.