We had a visit a few weeks ago by a German lady that doesn’t attend any church… and hasn’t since she was young. She and her wife live on our street. Her wife loves the church and comes when she doesn’t have to work.
After the church service, she talked with Robin about our church. She asked why we aren’t more “traditional”. This lady wasn’t offended, but she thinks a church service should be more like what she was used to in the Catholic Church of her childhood.
Which brings up the “why” question… why aren’t we more traditional?
I believe my wife gave her an amazing answer…
Robin told her that I grew up in the Catholic Church and she grew up in the Episcopal Church, with all the traditions, liturgical chants, etc. None of that meant anything to her until she had an encounter with Jesus. She never encountered Him in the church she grew up in (nor did I).
But once she went back to her old church, she was amazed at all the Scripture they used. There was so much there that could have led her to a relationship with Christ. But it never meant anything to her because the church and its style were so far removed from her daily life.
The reason for our style of church services is so that a normal person off the street can completely connect with Jesus without having had a church background. Our church is designed to be accessible to the common man, woman and child.
We want people to experience God in all His wonder and grace and build relationships with authentic Christians. We want people to experience a God that is holy, but is absolutely loving… a God that isn’t afraid of fun, and that wants to be involved in our daily lives.
And it’s working!