Worship, Service, and the Local Church

Worship, Service, and the Local Church

The specific forms Christian service can take are as varied as the people who perform them. In the worship gathering, the possibilities are more limited (if only by time and space), though no less powerful. Service takes place in the worship gathering through the many mundane and unseen tasks that must be accomplished, such as preparing for or cleaning up after a gathering, trouble shooting technology problems, helping people find seats, or giving out bulletins. Service takes place in meaningful conversations, when one believer serves another through encouragement, admonition, or instruction. Service takes place through teaching, singing, giving, etc.

The Holy Spirit of Ephesians

The Holy Spirit of Ephesians

Far from inspiring a divisive attitude that says you must roll on the floor and bark like a dog to prove your Christianity, or that the Spirit's main role is to point out our sins (isn't that Satan's job description?), the Spirit of God will teach us each to serve each other, to worship God, to be grateful, and to be humble.

Spiritual Armor in Ephesians

Therefore, the challenge is not to strengthen our bodies or prepare ourselves for physical battle. The challenge is not even to defeat political opponents to gain control of government. We are not exhorted to crush humanistic philosophies through rational argumentation. We are instructed to understand, believe, be transformed by and walk according to the Gospel as revealed and performed by Christ.