Reformed Theology What is the purpose of a church service?  Calvinism

What is the purpose of a church service?

Reformed Theology What is the purpose of a church service?  Calvinism
What is the purpose of a church service?

Me and my grandfather got into a debate today after church about the purpose of a church service. This all came about because we were talking about how our pastor's sermons are always instructive or teaching. His style is rightfully expository, and he teaches a lot about the scripture as he makes his way through it. However, there's often little evangelism going on, and there's not a whole lot of "life application" from his sermons.

My grandfather said that he believes the purpose of a church service is to get people saved. His argument comes from what this preacher told him one time: "When I get done reading my scripture, I run as fast as I can to the cross". My grandfather says that preaching should always be evangelistic, and that the purpose of being a Christian is to "get people saved". He thinks teaching is for Sunday School or Wednesday Night service or something, but that Sunday Mornings should always be about "getting people saved". He also points to scripture and says to look at Paul and the other Apostles. They were always evangelizing wherever they went, trying to get people saved.

Now, while I don't necessarily disagree with him on a couple of things, I must say that my take on it is that the purpose of a church service is to worship God, and prepare the hearts of the saints. I think, while evangelism can and should be done in church, as the occasion arises, it's not the purpose of the service. I look at it as we go to church to 1) worship God, and 2) be edified to do the work of God in our everyday lives. Therefore, Evangelism isn't something that's done in church, necessarily, but something that is done outside of church.

Now, it would be unfair for me to end there, so I'll give my grandfather the final word. His response is that we worship God through bringing people into church to be saved. He says that the fruit that we bare is the number of people we "get saved". So, when we bring people into church, they hear the Gospel and can likewise respond.

I'm not looking for a "you're right u/Backwoods_Boy, and your grandfather is wrong" type of response. I understand we both could be wrong. More plainly, I'm curious as to what you think the purpose of a church service is, and possibly get a new perspective. Maybe even discredit something that either of us said. I love seeing what other people think, and I definitely don't have all of the answers, so to you who know more than I do and have different ideas, I'd like to know what they are!

Me and my grandfather got into a debate today after church about the purpose of a church service. This all came about because we were talking about how our pastor's sermons are always instructive or teaching. His style is rightfully expository, and he teaches a lot about the scripture as he makes his way through it. However, there's often little evangelism going on, and there's not a whole lot of "life application" from his sermons.

My grandfather said that he believes the purpose of a church service is to get people saved. His argument comes from what this preacher told him one time: "When I get done reading my scripture, I run as fast as I can to the cross". My grandfather says that preaching should always be evangelistic, and that the purpose of being a Christian is to "get people saved". He thinks teaching is for Sunday School or Wednesday Night service or something, but that Sunday Mornings should always be about "getting people saved". He also points to scripture and says to look at Paul and the other Apostles. They were always evangelizing wherever they went, trying to get people saved.

Now, while I don't necessarily disagree with him on a couple of things, I must say that my take on it is that the purpose of a church service is to worship God, and prepare the hearts of the saints. I think, while evangelism can and should be done in church, as the occasion arises, it's not the purpose of the service. I look at it as we go to church to 1) worship God, and 2) be edified to do the work of God in our everyday lives. Therefore, Evangelism isn't something that's done in church, necessarily, but something that is done outside of church.

Now, it would be unfair for me to end there, so I'll give my grandfather the final word. His response is that we worship God through bringing people into church to be saved. He says that the fruit that we bare is the number of people we "get saved". So, when we bring people into church, they hear the Gospel and can likewise respond.

I'm not looking for a "you're right u/Backwoods_Boy, and your grandfather is wrong" type of response. I understand we both could be wrong. More plainly, I'm curious as to what you think the purpose of a church service is, and possibly get a new perspective. Maybe even discredit something that either of us said. I love seeing what other people think, and I definitely don't have all of the answers, so to you who know more than I do and have different ideas, I'd like to know what they are!

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Submitted March 05, 2017 at 12:30PM by Backwoods_Boy