Secular tip that has a spiritual use – end goal, not entertainment

To understand where I’m coming from with this tip, if you haven’t read the first post, you’ll need to check this out first.

Tip #3 is as useful as it is straightforward.

“Think about tasks, not features.”

In other words, keep the big spiritual picture in mind (Ephesians 3:14-19). When features are emphasized more than tasks, we end up passing the eye-test…but we fail all the other ones.

Whether we’re talking about sermons or worship services, the window is more important than the window dressing!

  • The goal of a sermon isn’t to impress others – it’s to impress truth on to the hearts of the lost and the saved
  • The goal of singing isn’t to sound good to others – it’s to teach and guide one another while we make melody in our heart toward God
  • The goal of congregational works isn’t to make a congregation seem like a trendy and modern place to be – it’s to bring glory to God
  • The goal of grace isn’t to ignore sin in someone’s life – it’s to give them an opportunity for repentance

What we expect the church to be should be less than pale in comparison to what God has called the church to be. That’s why we need to worry more about tasks and less about the lights, the cameras and the action. Honey isn’t made from fake flowers!

And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, ‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God.” (Revelation 3:1-2 NKJV)

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