We continue our reading program in the Psalms. This week's reading is Psalm 45-48. Read and take note of how God is with His people! You can download the entire Reading Schedule here.
From the desk of Josh Creel
The Wall Street Journal once had an article titled, “The Mystery Worshipper.” Most of us have heard of mystery shoppers; men and women who are paid to shop at a particular restaurant or store and rate their overall experience. Their feedback is used by management to make improvements wherever possible. A mystery worshipper does the same thing, only he is being paid to attend a worship service and grade every aspect of his experience including building conditions, friendliness of the congregation and quality of the message. The mystery worshipper then gives feedback to the leaders of the congregation so that changes and improvements can be made.
Did you know that we have “mystery worshippers” with us every Lord’s day? No, the elders have not paid anyone to come and give us a grade. What I’m talking about is much more important. Every Lord’s day we have visitors - men and women from the community - who want to check us out. They won’t be submitting written reports, but they will be mentally grading every aspect of their experience: How clean is the building? How friendly are the people? How important was the message? This is serious business! Here are a few principles to keep in mind that will help leave a favorable impression on our mystery worshippers.
Truth is of the utmost importance. Our mission is to proclaim truth, which is the only thing that can truly “build up” a person in their faith.
Love cannot be sacrificed. We must never fail to proclaim the truth of God. This means that we must proclaim what God desires as well as what He condemns. However, we must not sacrifice love in our message.
Atmosphere matters. We don’t want our “mystery worshippers” to not return because they couldn't find a seat or because they were distracted by people constantly getting up during worship. What we’re doing here is far too important!