Last week, I wrote about the questions we ask after the church service here. Often, they reflect more of a consumeristic mindset than a Christian one. I want to provide believers with a few questions that reflect the purposes of God for the glory of God.
A Christian vocabulary about the Church service is one that is centered upon the “Great” instructions from God and for His people.
The questions that follow will focus upon Jesus’ words while on earth. The first set was Jesus’ response to the question of the greatest commandment in the Law. His response was “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:37-39). This is often referred to as the Great Commandment.
The other set of questions are in Jesus’ final moments with His disciples. Jesus instructed His followers, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20). This is often referred to as the Great Commission.
The Great Commandment and the Great Commission must be the central purpose of the Church and the Christian Language. Everything a Christian and the community of faith does ought to be aimed at Loving God, Loving others, and sharing the Gospel. Below are questions to ask yourself and others after (perhaps even before you arrive) the church service:
- How did God stimulate your affections/love for Jesus?
- How did the Holy Spirit convict you of sin?
- What did God teach you about Himself?
- How did God encourage, comfort, challenge, or correct you?
- How did God stimulate your love for others?
- Where and how is God leading you to respond in faith?
- What needs are present in the church that I can meet as a response of love?
- How did God stimulate your love and compassion for the lost?
- Did God place someone on your heart to share the Gospel in word and deed? If so, who?
- How did you see the futility and hopelessness of sin and the only hope as the Gospel?
- How did God give you greater confidence in your identity in Jesus and the truth of Jesus to share the Gospel with others?
The music, preaching, sacraments, fellowship, and generous giving aimed at the “Great” instructions from Jesus result in transforming God’s people and reorienting their priorities and practice to the purposes of God. These questions are not necessarily meant to be a rapid-fire approach. Rather, one or two of the questions may be what God is doing in that particular service recognizing that each week God will conform us to the image of Christ.