I agree with Dave on this one. First look at the focus point of your Church when you walk in. The Pulpit. If I remember right, you sing a few songs, which is good, but is anything going on during the songs? Do they support an act of worship or just to get the congregation engaged? Then there is a collection which is needed.<quoted text>
Randy, how can all be worshipping when one man is preaching? Heaven forbid we have solos, or a church choir. But one individual is teaching or preaching at a time. All the rest are just listening, if they aren't asleep. How is it any different for all to be listening to a sermon, and all listening to a solo performance?
Singing is but one way that we are filled with the Spirit. We agree on this I am sure. I still wonder-did the first century church take up an offering weekly from Pentecost onward? Or did this start with the needy saints at Jerusalem? Any thoughts-I know you and I think alike on many things. If offerings didn't begin until later, were they truly "worshipping" before then?
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. So many questions...
Next 1 Prayer by the Pastor and 40 minutes of preaching on a few Bible verses picked by the Pastor. A final prayer and an Altar call with no Altar.
I am sorry but for the average person in pew, it is sitting for 40 minutes listening to one mans view of what certain scriptures mean. He has no more authority than the man in the pew.