The First Seeker Service

Ah, another uproar.

Why do we do church? Do we have services to feed the flock? To attract the unsaved? To bring the unsaved to Christ? You’ve heard it, a lot of noise out there about what our services should look like, and who should be blessed when all is said and done.

I’ve heard it too. I’ve even had my own opinions, though I admit that I don’t quite fall in the  “either/or” camp.

But then I found this passage. Luke 15:1 “Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such despicable people. . . ”

Interesting isn’t it? Jesus may have been conducting the very first seeker service. Somehow, he spoke in a way that interested and attracted those who had already decided against the “religious lifestyle.” Whatever he did, whatever he said, he did it in a way that not only brought them in the first place but enticed them to return. My reading of the passage says that they came often. Over and over. To listen. To consider. To ponder.

And then, as now, folks didn’t like it.

But God reveals his heart in the passage which follows. God tells us that one lost child is like the one sheep missing from a flock of one hundred, or the one coin lost from a collection of ten.

Whether you have one hundred sheep, or only ten coins, you aren’t about to lose one without going after it. Whether God has millions of followers or twenty, he is going to put the same effort into finding the lost. His heart is for the lost.

So. My church has thought through this “seeker service” argument and come up with their own thoughts. What about you? And how “seeker friendly” is your lifestyle? Do you seek out those who are lost? How?

Something to consider. . .


One Response to “The First Seeker Service”

  1. gail Says:

    you didn’t really tell us what your church or any churches are doing with the seeker service??? i’m fine with seekers as long as the church is also feeding the flock. in the new testement we are instructed as believers to not neglect fellowshipping with other believers (loose paraphrase) and it shows paul teaching to believers. so if we can incorporate both, i think is the best way to go.

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