Last week at church a lady friend came in a bit late, saw an empty spot next to me and my wife and asked to sit with us. However, she was there for less than five minutes when she said she just spotted a lady several rows in front of us who she had previously invited to our church, so she got up to sit with her.
This week this lady friend apologized for abruptly leaving our company and explained that the other woman was looking for a church after leaving her previous assembly. Now, this previous assembly was one we had attended our first few weeks in town back in 1996, and I call it “Willow Creek Iowa.” They are all about entertainment and programs (although they usually had good teachings from the pulpit back in 1996) and just recently built a HUGE new facility for the multitudes who have been joining - most just transferring from other Christian bodies.
Well, our friend said this lady decided our church was “too Bibley” and boring - she didn’t like the music - so she would not be returning.
I have to agree that our church is “Bibley.” We have excellent leadership and our pastor is a very good Bible teacher. He doesn’t preach “feel-goodism” or spend a lot of time with anecdotes and humor. When he uses anecdotes they are always to help clarify the Biblical truth he is pointing us to. He actually teaches from Scripture!
And while “Willow Creek Iowa” has a huge collection of musicians playing for the service, we have only a piano, a keyboard and a bass playing, and sometimes the music leader will play his guitar at the same time. Due to this horrid lack of musicians, we actually hear each other singing!
I hope your church is at least as “Bibley” as ours is. Perhaps if there are enough like ours, the truth of God’s Word will reach more of the lost as well as build up the body of Christ.