Church services don’t seem to offer any services. They seem more like a lecture series than services.
Church is often called Sunday services, yet neither the word services nor the concept of services is used in the New Testament to refer to a gathering of the body of Christ. There are 50+ “one another” statements in the New Testament where Christ-followers are called to serve but nowhere where we are told to attend services. Yes, Hebrews tells us to “forsake not the assembling of yourselves together,” but even that doesn’t say to attend services. Yet, church seems to be all about Sunday services. Why?
Sunday services can be programmed and controlled by a pastor; what Christians do throughout the week can’t be. Church seems to fear loss of pastor control, so they focus on Sunday services which are some of the most tightly controlled human meetings anywhere. For a great awakening Christ-follows need the freedom, the training, and the encouragement to follow and obey the risen Jesus–the Holy Spirit–anywhere and everywhere! Churches set up a hierarchical system to keep people quiet & controlled, but in the kingdom of God people are led by the Spirit from within.
God’s plan for your life is that you completely surrender your life to His plans. Many people have heard about Jesus rising from the dead, but few people are hearing directly from the risen Jesus and obeying Him. Let your heart freely overflow with the life-giving current of “Christ in you” that releases the fruit of the Spirit throughout your being.