Several years ago I was standing in the congregation singing worship songs when it pierced my mind that we only sang songs in worship to God—Like “Exalt Him” or “Awesome God. If a Hebrew, Muslim, or Sun Worshipper were standing beside me, we could be singing the same song. We hardly ever sang a song which mentioned Jesus. That punched me hard! I believe our only communication to the Father is through his Son via the Holy Ghost. Did those songs ever reach the throne of God?
I believe that our One God is Triune, so maybe so. I know we must go through Jesus Christ for salvation. Probably for praise also. I do recognize that the Lord’s Prayer allows us to address “Our Father” so I’m not too dogmatic about this issue.
However, that is one of the issues that set me on a “Jesus Quest.” I could go to my own church first service then go visiting other churches. I found the same situations in nearly all of them. Most childrens’ department were decorated with “hip” Bible characters or beautiful animals from the Creation Story. Do you suppose the children were ever told that the Creation was by Jesus? It was—according to John.
I checked literature at the kiosks. Read through the mission statements, themes, Logos, Slogans. Very little showed Jesus in the church.
Here are the slogans:
Passion for a Deeper Life
Where No One is Left Behind & There’s Always Room For You
A Family of People Just Like You
Great City, Great People, Great Life
Big God! Live Loud!
For People Who Thought They Would Never Like Church
The Church that LAF’s – Love, Acceptance, Forgiveness
Helping You Get to the Other Side
Two Baptists and one Pentecostal mentions Christ/Jesus
BAPTIST – Sharing God’s love to transform people into full devoted followers of Christ.
BAPTIST – Helping People Know Jesus, Become Family, Serve the World,
Pentecostal – Christ-centered church building Christ-centered people
What does this say about Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life – our means of salvation?
I have loved all my church homes – small, middle-sized, and large. I have never had a mega-church as my home church. I know some people who do, and they appear to be happy – extremely loyal, but often not very faithful in attendance. I do believe church size contributes to its member’s maturity. The ability of the small church to nurture and teach one another, their accountability to one another, and generally their individual relationship with Jesus are the things that large churches form cell groups to attain; however, they probably do not have enough resources to have many ministries and helps to meet needs for different ages, interests, and problems. So, Small Church, be careful to not grow in. A large church provides a fantastic range of helps, ministries, talents, money, skills, and other resources to get things done; however, members in large churches can get by without being discipled, without being accountable, and without knowing Jesus. So, Large Church, be careful to not grow out. Small and Large Churches, recognize and appreciate the strengths of each other, thereby, helping you all to grow up.