My friend, Eric, at “A Pilgrim’s Progress,” has been looking for the traditional “worship service” as found in most modern churches. He wrote three different posts called 1) “The Biblical Basis for the Worship Service,” 2) “Still Waiting…,” and 3) and “Final Verdict on Worship Services.”
In the posts (especially the first two) Eric asked for scriptural justification for the modern worship service. In the last post, he admits that there is scriptural evidence that supports many of the practices that go on during the worship service. But, what’s missing, is the “worship service” itself.
We certainly see evidence of the church gathering together in the New Testament. In fact, believers are encouraged to continue meeting together.
But, what’s missing in the modern worship service, and what’s modeled and commanded in Scripture is the idea of meeting for the purpose of building up one another. The modern worship service has lost the “one another” aspect.
Is it possible that the worship service can be modified into something that allows for believers to edify one another? Of must it be scrapped completely?