#267 church needs

I do hear this during worship service: we need leaders or volunteers for such-and-such. Why are the clergymen crying out? Why are slips of paper given out to members to fill out areas they can serve?

 When the members filled that out, are they approached? Or, has the church minister become mini-god to decide who can serve?

 If this was the case, why the hypocrisy of handing out slips of paper for members to fill out areas they can serve?

 It appears church ministers recycle members who they had appointed as leaders. They seem not to know new ones to fill that need!???!

 Mind you, there are many groups in the church for the clergyman to tap on — men’s or women’s groups, retirees, adults, youth, bible study or small groups and many others…

 Accordingly, the church minister is called to serve and shepherd the flock of his congregation. If there were dire need among the members, is this not a reflection on his ministry — that he has failed to shepherd his believers to maturity!

 Has the church become an enterprise or corporation that she has to continually hire staff-workers for certain tasks in order that the church can run smoothly? With the economic downturn, will the church have the funds to hire?

 In the past, the church minister has to shoulder lots of task himself with help of his members by delegation. At the time, the church minister was given a stipend. Today, church ministers are well-paid. In fact many are paid at market-rate according to academic qualifications!

 From time-to-time I hear preacher chiding (to him, exhortation) from the pulpit – those attending worship Sunday after Sunday and not participating in church activities are considered pew-warmers.

 Remember, the preacher (and church staff) are called and hired to mature believers. Has he not insulted himself by making such remark? Has he failed in his ministry to inspire members to serve?

 Or, is the spiritual life of the minister and his team still on the milk-level even when they were trained in bible or theological schools!

 My question: has the church minister approached a member for the task he requires? Does he know his members by name? Or, as the excuse goes: “Oh there are too many for one of him to get to know the members?” If that was so, has he the right to scold from the pulpit?

 Often there was allegation or reminder that on judgment day, God will separate the goats from the sheep – hoping this guilt will stir members to involvement.

 Inevitably the preacher puts himself above the congregation that he belongs to the sheep category – that God will pat him on his back and say, “well done my boy, you were called to serve” – is this how that will pan out on that day? I shudder at the thought!

 Glad the God of the Bible is the God of love where He demonstrated His love while we were yet sinners Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected – God experienced that death to save us!

 Is the church minister able to preach, teach and inspire members to capture the magnitude of that love and power of God in Jesus and, in gratitude to return that to God?

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#186 church worship

Last evening was Friendship Sunday at worship service. This is evangelistic outreach — is this worship service? Can certain worship service on Sundays be made evangelistic meeting?

Do Christians need to add color to the normal liturgical worship? What is worship?

The speaker was youth parish staffworker who spoke from John 5:1-18, he kept harping on the phrase ‘do you want…’ to the question Jesus asked the invalid of 38 years. This lame man didn’t have anyone to help him into the pool when the water stirred which gave physical healing to those who jumped in: “Do you want to get well?” This invalid or paralysed man naturally wanted to be healed…however it was UNLAWFUL for anyone to carry or work on Sabbath…so these words were spoken in that context where legalism was prevalent.

Later Jesus found him in the temple [perhaps the healed wanted to know who Jesus was to report to the Jewish leaders] and told him to sin no more — though he had faith for physical healing he needed to understand his sins were forgiven and he needed to live his life aright to sin no more. This the speaker did not elucidate in his message — has he given half-truth message?

After 30 minutes or more of wordiness the speaker gave an altar call to those who wanted to believe in Jesus which none stood up but when he called for those needing healing, several went up.

His repeated phrase, ‘do you want…’: Want is not need. Want suggests there is craving…for more — has he missed a point in his message?

Do preachers listen to their own messages? Are the sermons on Sundays recorded for preachers to listen to improve on their delivery of the messages or God’s Word?