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What Is Your Favorite Flavor?

Revelation 5:14

The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgDo you remember when ice cream came mainly in vanilla and chocolate? If you got a bowl of strawberry, that was special. Today, ice cream stores like Baskin Robbins and Cold Stone draw ice cream fans by offering a slew of flavors. I wonder if more people eat ice cream today because there are more options?

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? What flavor would you go out of your way to get?

In the past when I would go to the freezer (and my wife was not home) I’d eat vanilla or chocolate ice cream, if that were what was there. But I would prefer and would go back for more if there were some caramel rocky road, chocolate chip cookie dough, or some moose tracks. How about you?

Let’s assume (and this is not a perfect correlation) that the worship services we offer are like ice cream, each with its own flavor and distinction. Think with me for a minute, are there other flavors of worship that might attract more people to Jesus? What if we offered moose tracks flavored worship? Would some of us attend more often if the flavor were more to our liking? Would we invite more folk to join us? Could we draw more people to Jesus if we offered additional flavors of worship? Is the flavor of worship that important to you? Would it be to others?

What if we offered a flavor of worship that used the music of artists like Michael W. Smith, Rich Mullins, Stephen Curtis Chapman, and others? And then, instead of trying to create a worship service was Neapolitan in flavoring, we could offer a service that predominantly used music along the lines of Hillsong, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, AMPED and more. Would we keep and draw more people to Christ by offering different flavors?

What is we offered a Quaker flavor, a Spanish speaking flavor, a Gospel flavor, or a number of other flavors? What about making worship available on other days/times? What about going off-campus for worship? What about linking with other churches to offer a unique flavor?

I need to make something clear if you have lost your way. Ice cream is ice cream. Any worship service we offer will be about Jesus and the truth found in His Word. We will not offer yogurt, sherbert, or low-fat ice cream. Full flavored worship all the time, high calorie!  Like the elders in heaven, we must worship God.  We must worship God, however we can!

Having said all of this, I have a question. Is the only reason to start a new worship service (flavor) because we have too many to fit where we meet, or are there other reasons? How about some helpful thoughts?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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October 9, 2014 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology, Worship | , , , , ,

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