I have been thinking about this thought, as Believer's Youth Camp approaches. In my 39 years of being on this earth, I have been in thousands of services. I have been in youth meetings, revivals, services in all geographic locations of the United States, and services overseas. I've been in quiet services and loud services and I have seen God move in each.
Several years ago, we were singing out west and the service was so quiet that it made us nervous. As we were singing, I was wondering if we had done something wrong. After we finished, the pastor got up and told us how much they enjoyed us and hope the quietness did not bother us, but that it is was very normal for their church to be on the quiet side. I also recall a time, when we were in the deep south, that after we finished singing the pastor stated, that will make you shout.
So, what makes a great church service? In my opinion, a great church service is accomplished when we open up our hearts and create an atmosphere where God will feel welcome to move in the way He desires. Sometimes, we try to set a standard that a sermon or song must be delivered in certain way. Other times, we try to recreate a past service that we felt the move of God. When we try to force it, a pressure is created to perform instead of worship. We do not want to limit God nor set an expectation that He can only move in a certain way. God is God! When we go into a church service with a prayerful heart and a true desire for God to move, in His own way, it creates an atmosphere that God feels welcome. For when God is in the midst, it is always a great service.
Man wants his way of doing it, and God has got His way of doing it. – William Branham
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Peter 1:21
Michael and his wife Crista, are blessed to have three children (Noah, Gracie, Luke). They live in the middle TN area and attend Eagle Christian church. He counts it a honor to be involved with Eagle’s View, BYC and serving as a evangelist. They enjoy being outdoors, traveling and above all serving the Lord.