Since our ministry began, I’ve asked myself some serious questions. One of them — what constitutes a ‘church service’? What I’ve learned, is that we tend to allow our tradition, and not scripture, to answer that question. The Bible never describes a ‘church service’ as people reverently sitting in sanctuary pews, while singing hymns and listening to a well-dressed pastor. Can a ‘church service’ look like that? Sure! But it’s not what actually defines a ‘church service’.
The Underground Church
A number of years ago, I had the privilege of being a part of a short-term missions team. I’ll never forget experiencing an underground youth group. Yes, they sang songs. Yes, they heard from God’s Word. But other than that, the ‘service’ looked NOTHING like what the average North American would call a ‘church service.’
It was full of community, unity, friendship, authentic connection, love, and selflessness. Their goal wasn’t to serve themselves and welcome Jesus to ‘their service’, their goal was to celebrate Jesus through their community and serve Jesus.
A ‘church #service’ is about #Communion together as we celebrate Jesus. #unity #community #Acts2 Click To TweetWhat did I learn? A ‘church service’ is about communion together as we celebrate Jesus. Outside of the basics, the format doesn’t really matter. The only fundamentals we know of, include teaching the Word, breaking of bread, fellowship, and prayer (Acts 2:42).
So, what if we planned a service around one of the most significant aspects of our faith? What if Holy Communion was actually the focus of our service? What if we didn’t just ‘partake’ together, but actually ate together, like Jesus’ and his disciples did during the Last Supper? (Check out What Happens During Communion? for more.)
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