“Can we use worship styles, methods, and substance to reach our culture?”
1. Example from the Old Testament (Psalm 137:1-4)
A. The Israelites were in a foreign land (1)
B. They had their musical instruments with them (2)
C. They were expected to sing for their captors (3)
D. The Israelites struggled with the challenge of singing their
songs to a different environment (4)
2. Example from the New Testament (I Cor. 14:22-25)
A. Paul makes worship and the gathering of God’s people distinct
between believers and others. (22)
B. Paul is concerned that unbelievers will not understand
things if they attend. (23)
C. Paul is not saying that the purpose of the gathering is
primarily for unbelievers. (23)
D. However, Paul does recognize that while worship and other
activities in the church gathering are for believers, we can
also be a blessing to those who are not yet saved. (24-25)
E. So, while worship is for believers, if it is done in a way
that is relevant to the lost, it can be of help.
3. How this could work today
A. Without compromise, we can take music, drama, art, and other
communication styles that are relevant to today’s world,
and use them to Worship God.
B. These can include popular musical instruments that the
world is familiar with.
C. It can and should include music styles that are familiar
to today as long as the content is sound.
D. We should remove as much archaic language from our
worship service, because the younger and unchurched cannot
understand and don’t need to.
Psalm 137:1-6, I Corinthians 14:24-25
E. While the primary purpose in coming together as believers in our
worship service is to worship God, we should be conscious of
those who are younger and those who don’t know the Lord.
F. Therefore, it is biblical and legitimate to use relevant music,
instruments, styles, dramas, art forms, and worship to reach the
G. Under no circumstances should biblical content or principles
H. God alone should be glorified when we gather.
Conclusion – There is a need for change of mindsets in order to have
1. Notice we didn’t mention change of substance
A. The message of the Gospel must not change.
B. The content of our sermons, music lyrics, and all forms of
worship must be biblical.
C. The message of the Bible is the only message we have.
D. The God of the Bible and His Son Jesus Christ is the Only
object of our worship.
2. But, we must recognize that practices, methods and style vary in
time and culture.
3. If we are locked into a practice, methodology or style of worship,
we can lose relevance and effectiveness with our
generation and culture.
4. All this requires change of mindset.
Sermon Topics: Worship