Saturday, August 25, 2007

Comfort isn't the goal

Considering whether secular songs should be used in worship so that "seekers" might feel more comfortable, Bob Kauflin writes:
...[T]he idea that we should make "seekers" feel more comfortable in church begs for further clarification. We should make sure that unbelievers can understand what’s going on in our meetings, and that we’re not doing anything to make them feel unwelcome. But it’s not our responsibility to make sure they’re "comfortable." The church is different from the world. We’ve gathered to build each other up by rehearsing and celebrating the Gospel, calling to mind God’s covenant promises, confess our sins, exercise spiritual gifts, and much more. "To each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good." ( 1 Cor. 12:7) I wouldn’t expect someone who doesn’t know the Savior to be totally comfortable in that setting. Our primary goal is to make sure that unbelievers have the opportunity to encounter in some way the grace and truth of God revealed in Jesus Christ, expressed through his church.
Q&A Fridays - Should We Change Musical Settings?

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