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The Spirit of the Church

  • Jim Townsley
  • Jun 25, 2018

What are the impressions of visitors attending your church for the first time? Do they feel welcomed? Do they sense the Spirit of God is active in the church? The most significant impression upon visitors will be the spirit of the service. It is difficult to identify and describe but it is very real. Regular attendees can become accustomed to the status quo of the service so a periodic and careful evaluation is in order. At your next service pretend you are a visitor and ask yourself if you would return to this church. There are several things that should be considered. Is the service enjoyable? Is it spiritually challenging or is it oppressive and overbearing. Do people leave the service encouraged, helped and looking forward to returning next week?

Churches can get into a rut and allow the services to become predictable and boring. This should never be allowed! We have the greatest message of hope existent today so why would we bore people with the truth of the gospel? Keeping things in balance is also important. Preachers must avoid becoming too harsh or overbearing. Who would want to be a member of a church where you constantly felt you were being berated and put down? The answer of course is no one.

The church service should be a positive and uplifting experience. Sin must be pointed out and the many “thou shalt nots” in the Bible should be preached; however the service can still be upbeat and encouraging while remaining true to the Scripture. The music, the preaching and the fellowship should all be encouraging to everyone attending the service.

There are some important questions that can be asked to help evaluate your services. Are visitors welcomed guests? Is the music uplifting? Is the song leader inspiring? Are people friendly and helpful? Is the spirit of God sensed from the time a person enters the auditorium until they leave? The spirit of the church is the primary thing that will influence visitors to return and may result in people getting saved.  Are guests so impressed with your church that they want what your church represents? Everyone is looking for something real. Develop your people so that they have a real relationship with the Lord.

After a careful review periodic changes can be made so that a spirit of anticipation exists. People will come to your services anticipating a blessing and looking forward to the preaching? People should feel like they have met God while in your church. If your church has fallen into a rut and you can’t seem to get over a hump get alone with God and ask Him to help you make some changes. Perhaps a special prayer meeting will provide some necessary enthusiasm for the Lord. Confession is good for the soul and an honest evaluation is only possible when you allow God to search your heart and you become sensitive to His leading. We all are prone to backsliding and falling away. Without a periodic renewal of our spirit we can fall into the trap of apathy.

Is it time to get alone with God and seek a renewal of His Spirit? The spirit of the service begins with the spirit of the pastor and the leaders of the church. Changes can be made and excitement can be generated but it must always be maintained through prayer and seeking after God. What is the spirit of your service?

Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. -- Zechariah 4:6