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Brian of the Hill People

Very well stated. It is of interest to recall that we are only made acceptable in Christ Jesus. Men are of no account in the heavens but our Mediator is of account. We are heard only in Him and for Him. It is Him the Father esteems and for His sake that He extends all blessing to us in grace. We know we ought to pray the will of God in Christ Jesus but it is important to be aware that all that we do must be the will of God in Christ Jesus, including worship. It isn't worship if it is about me or anyone or anything except our God. We have only one avenue in all things to the Father, Jesus our Lord. No one can come to the Father except through Him.

Steve Newell

Consider this question: Can a non-Christian worship the Triune God in a Christian worship service?

The reason I ask this question is that many churches have focused the Worship Service as a place of evangelical activity. To me, this is a major confusion of the purpose of both evangelism and worship. True evangelism takes place out in the world through our daily lives and our vocation. This is where we share both Law and Gospel to our neighbors. Worship is the gathering of believers to give praise to God, confess our sins and receive the gifts of God in Word and Sacrament. These activities are for believers and not believers within the confines of Christian worship.

Many churches have removed the Christians from Christian worship so that they may have a "seeker sensitive" worship service. Does this act make the service not a true worship service but something else? I am assuming that a "seeker" is a spiritually dead in their sins person and they need to hear both Law and Gospel even though they would not acknowledge this fact.

Chris Rosebrough


You make a great point. I would add Hebrews 11:6 Without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God.

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