Church Alive

Posted on July 18, 2010

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I am currently on vacation in the beautiful country of Indonesia.  The people, culture, food, and sights are truly amazing. 

The Adventist Church in Indonesia seems pretty healthy.  Indonesians love to worship and seek after spiritual things.  They are big into evangelism and have continuous church growth. 

As I was sitting in church last Sabbath (in Indonesia) I noticed that the congregation was very nonresponsive during the sermon time.  There were no amens or other signs of life.  I was told that this is the culture of the church in Indonesia.  Even though this may be the culture of the church, I still believe there should be a little indication that the congregation is hearing the sermon and agrees (or disagrees) with the sermon content. 

I have traveled to many states in the USA and a number of countries around the world and have experienced Adventist worship in many forms and styles.  I think the Indonesian church should be encouraged to respond a little during the sermon time.  A simple amen from 20+ people can really help a minister deliver a powerful, Holy Spirit message. 

There are some Adventist cultures that utilize a very vibrant worship style that seems a little over done.  Those in the extremes are usually in need of a spiritual revival. 

One thing for sure… we need a lot more humility in our churches.  It does not matter if you have the whole alphabet behind your name or not.  A masters and doctors degree should not be used as a status indicator.  Wealth and family status does not matter when it comes to the family of God.  Being extra quiet or loud in church does not prove that you are more or less spiritual than those around you. 

The Word of God says, “He has shown you, O man, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God?”  Micah 6:8. 

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