4. While unbelievers can’t worship, they can watch believers worship.
We see this truth lived out in Acts 2. “They worshiped together regularly at the Temple each day, met in small groups in homes for Communion, and shared their meals with great joy and thankfulness, praising God. The whole city was favorable to them, and each day God added to them all who were being saved” (Acts 2: 46-47 TLB).
When the early church worshiped, non-believers came to faith in Christ. Non-Christians can’t worship, but they can see the kind of joy worship brings us. They can see how God’s Word transforms our heart, comforts us, and interacts with us. God can use our worship services to draw non-believers to himself.
Trav’s Feedback: Jeff often uses an analogy of getting married to illustrate a relationship with God. He talks about when he walked into a church on his wedding day a few years ago (I’m trying to be generous), he was as single as single could be. But he walked out a married man. They dated and gave gifts before this day, but they weren’t into a marital relationship until he made a commitment of himself to her.
That’s why worship is the way it is. Unless I have a relationship with Jesus, I come to church and something just doesn’t seem complete. I can sing songs on a screen, but it seems like I am missing something. When I gave my heart to Jesus, things changed. Now, I worship on Sunday mornings, but I also try to worship all throughout my life.
At North Side, we love to have a room full of people from all different walks of life. I know people who are coming to church and just checking out what a relationship with Jesus looks like. That’s why our worship is so important. In our postmodern culture, people are more and more choosing to believe in something that they see someone else believing in first. “Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself.” I have watched other people’s conviction in worship change the way I worship. Their worship makes me believe even more. Their intensity awakens my worship. Their authenticity in the way they sing to their God reminds me that our Savior is near – and I need to worship.
So, worship. Worship in such a way that you make a believer out of someone else.
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Distinctive Discipleship. He is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. Travis graduated from North Greenville University with a B.A. in Christian Studies and earned his M.Div. and D.Min. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, with his doctoral focus on family discipleship.