Small Town Theologian with Jonathan Shirk

Hosted ByJonathan Shirk

Allowing the Biblical truths of the Heidelberg Catechism to shape our theology and Christian living.

STT 086 – The Dishonesty & Unhelpfulness of Much Seeker-Sensitive Worship (HC LD 31, QA 83-85)

When it comes to worship, if we are primarily thinking about unbelievers, we are not primarily thinking about Christ. Our desire for unbelievers to attend worship to hear the gospel may sometimes get us into trouble in this way. We may want to avoid offending them, to make them comfortable, and in doing this, we may want to talk a lot about God’s love without talking much about God’s justice, judgment, and wrath. Seeker-sensitive worship can be dishonest and unhelpful.

Listen to the Small Town Theologian SPECIAL (002), Rev. George Gregory’s message on the keys of the kingdom. Also, HERE is a sermon on Matthew 18 and the keys of the kingdom.

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR FAMILY WORSHIP: (1) Do you believe that God’s law exposes our sin and misery? (2) Is God’s law necessary in Christian worship services? (3) How will unbelievers come to know the depth of their sin and misery? (4) Is preaching faithful without both law and gospel? (5) How might a church go astray if its focus is on making worship appealing to unbelievers? (6) Is there a way to be seeker-sensitive and faithful to proclaim the law and gospel clearly and compellingly for the salvation of sinners?