May 27, 2012

On the worship experience and the gospel

Skye Jethani in his book “The Divine Commodity” writes,

Ministries that focus on manufacturing spiritual experiences, despite their laudable intentions, may actually be retarding spiritual growth by making people experience dependent.

And that is why it is so important to focus our teaching, our worship, our service and the rest of our lives on the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel is not our motto. It is our functional pipeline. It is our life. Only the gospel holds up. The lights and the effects are good but it is nothing compared to the gospel. Will I take off the lights and the effects in my church? Maybe not. Will I go back to the old pews and the hymns – maybe not but what I am saying is that the gospel is BIGGER than any of our manmade effects. The gospel need not be re-invented. The message remains the same.