"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
Church Styles of Sunday Services
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable.” Isaiah 40:28 (NASB)
The Prophet starts this verse with two questions, “Do you not know? Have you not heard?” It seems like these two questions are as challenging today as it was when the prophet uttered these words. I would like for you to keep these questions in mind as we talk about church styles.
As a young Christian I remember an older Christian lady telling me that congas were of the devil. Another lady told me that there were certain styles of music that were no allowed in her church. I asked her, what kind of style of music they allowed? She answered, Southern Gospel.
It is obvious that people has gotten very comfortable with particular styles, not only music, but also preaching styles. People actually look for churches based on styles. Come on, we all know how traditional Baptist Churches do worship, we know how the Pentecostals do it, Presbyterians, Catholics, what about the Hispanics? What about the Blacks?
We have grown so accustomed to styles that we have become totally insensitive to what we really need…the anointing. How can we serve a God who is called, among other things, Everlasting, Lord and Creator and manipulate our gatherings to the point where nothing is unpredictable? We pass out the little bulletins at the door with the order of service, how can that be? Do we not know the God we serve? Have we not heard of His mighty works? Have we not seen through the Bible how powerful He is? Have we not seen through the history of revivals how amazing He is?
I believe the time is coming and, perhaps is now here, where people will be so hungry for God that they will throw away styles, buildings and prestigious congregations to go after the manifested presence of God. 2 Chronicles 5:13-14 tells us,
13 in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the Lord saying, “He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting,” then the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God. (NASB)
Beloved, this is Old Testament, how much more is available for us New Testament folks?