What do you want from church?

If you were looking for the perfect church, what would you expect to find in that church?  Recently I overheard a co-worker “pitch” her church to another co-worker.  As I am always looking for evangelism opportunities and new ways to reach out to new people, I listened to as much detail as I could.  I was interested in how the mega-church trains their people to evangelize.  Would this foot soldier witness from Scripture? (1 Peter 3:15)  Would this person testify about their own conversion? (Acts 9, 22, 26; 2 Timothy 1:8)  Or, would this lady speak of the wondrous works of God and invite her co-worker to experience God in praises with the church? (Psalm 40:5; 145:5; Hebrews 10:25).  Or better yet, would she share the Good News and preach the saving message to her?  (Matthew 28:18ff)  No!  She shared with her that their pastor was a great public speak with the ability to speak in a way that he could relate with the people.  That the church has an awesome light show, great singing, awesome band and, that the pastor likes to, “every once in a while play the electric guitar.”  She also said that the kid’s church is ,”awesome-you drop them off and don’t worry about them until church is over.  They’ll give them snacks and play with them until church is over.  That way you can enjoy church.”424109_411984085543605_1495833279_n

In the secular world the perfect church would be what I just described plus a liberal moral philosophy.  “Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits” (Isaiah 30:10).  “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (II Timothy 4:3-4).