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“The Gathered Church”

August 27, 2009

Here is a phenomenal quote by Bob Kauflin from his book “Worship Matters” about the purpose of the gathered church, the local body.  You really need to buy his book and read it.  Good stuff.

“On Sundays God wants us to do more than sing songs together and have wonderful worship experiences.  He wants to knit the fabric of our lives together.  For many, church has become all about me – what I’m learning, what I’m seeking, what I’m desperate for, what I need, how I’ve been affected, what I can do.  We see ourselves as isolated individuals all seeking personal encounters with God, wherever we can find them.

Sadly, this reflects our individualistic, me-obsessed culture.  Rather seeing ourselves as part of a worship community, we become worship comsumers.  We want worship on demand, served up in our own way, at our own time, and with our own music.”

“A worship community is made up of individuals whose lives are centered around the Savior they worship together each week.  A worshiping community expects to encounter God’s presence not only on Sunday morning but every day.  A worshiping community recognizes that passionate times of singing God’s praise flow from and lead to passionate lives lived for the glory of Jesus Christ.”

~ Bob Kauflin


From → Books, Faith

One Comment
  1. greentub permalink

    Thanks for posting this. I work in the Christian music publishing industry and I can tell you that the consumerism model has saturated the Church. Be on guard and may we all learn to walk in community.

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