Stop dating the church sermon
We should be giving people a break from things with an opportunity to rest at least ounce a week.
We tend to get ourselves so busy that we don't even have the time to think about God.
Loving Jesus Christ involves a passionate commitment to His church — around the world and down the street. I especially enjoyed the thoughts on attending church as a consumer vs. Consumers critique and analyze the singing, the sermon, the experience.
A communer is there to stand before the "Audience of One".
Add a star if you like short explanations that get to the point and take away one if you don't like having everything throughly explained.Thus Harris provides anecdotes of people getting serious about church and leaving their hobbies behind (clubs, special interest groups).It made me wonder, what is the purpose of church if you real advocate that the individual Christians in your group pull back from commitments to non-Christians?I especially enjoyed the thoughts on attending church as a consumer vs. Consumers critique and analyze the singing, the sermon, the experience.
Favorite quotes/paraphrases from the book: "As the meeting (Sunday church service) starts, remember that you're not here to be entertained. Worshiping with song is a chance to sing truth and express praise and gratefulness to God. Instead, focus your mind on the truth of what you sing and the Person to whom you're singing. I tended to assume that if a preacher wasn't funny or didn't tell good stories, then I was under no obligation to be fully engaged. The real burden of responsibility for Sunday morning is not on the preacher to perform, but on the congregation to listen."An amazing book that paints a beautiful picture of the purpose of church and how we're supposed to interact with it.I am reviewing the updated version of this book elsewhere (now titled, "Why Church Matters") so will not provide a full review here, but here are some of criticisms:1.