Last week, we had a very good discussion on my post “Looking for the ‘Worship Service’.”
In this short post, I want to ask a different question: Why continue holding the “worship service”?
What do I mean? Well, most church understand that their “worship service” does not provide what is necessary for spiritual growth. Therefore, they add other programs such as small groups / Sunday school / Bible studies. They add activities for men, women, children, teenagers, and the elderly. They have special projects for singles or married couples.
Churches have learned that spiritual growth happens best in smaller groups where people can interact with one another, get to know one another, and grow toward Christ together. These kinds of things cannot happen in a larger group.
So, if people grow spiritually through these other activities and times of gathering together, why continuing holding the “worship service”?
What is gained from the worship service that cannot be gained through times of meeting together with smaller groups of believers?