A couple of people have been asking my opinion of a seeker friendly church. Here are a couple of thoughts:
1. The church is the body of Jesus Christ. It should be Spirit friendly. If the Holy Spirit is not welcome, and manifestations of the Spirit such as tongues, prophecy, words of knowledge, healings and miracles are not allowed in a church there is a serious problem with that church. There is no New Testament church service that was not supernatural. If we as Christians actually renewed our mind with the Word of God, and had great faith, we would see so many signs and wonders we would not need to limit our sermons to 8 minutes, talk about everything but the Bible, and have a play to keep people’s attention.
2. I am not sure what a seeker is. The Word of God is clear: “there is none that seeketh after God” (Romans 3.11). Everyone on planet earth is either a sinner or a saint. A sinner is someone who is not born again, a saint is someone who is born again.
A church meeting should be saint friendly – it should have powerful worship that lifts and energizes their spirits and causes them to focus on God. Songs should be to Jesus and about Jesus. (I think so many contemporary worship songs have the word “I” in them so many times they are simply not worship.) A church meeting should have a clear and accurate sermon based on the Word that produces and grows faith. And a church meeting should have the supernatural ministry of the Holy Spirit.
A Christian in the meeting should leave knowing they are stronger, more faithful and more glorious than when they went in.
The church service should not necessarily be sinner “friendly” – a sinner should not necessary feel comfortable in church. They should feel conviction!
However, Christians should be sinner friendly. Jesus was a friend of sinners – a man full of love and joy and peace who showed unconditional grace to everyone and anyone and sinners loved him. And they hung around him. And they didn’t stay sinners for long! They repented, they put their faith in God and they joined the saint crowd. As a Christian that is what your life should be like – love people and preach the good news to them and watch them become Christians. And you need to be in a church that pushes and pulls you in that direction not one that is a drama and a 8 minute homily!
The church service should build up the church (see Eph. 4.11ff) and the saints should then go into all the world and preach the gospel to sinners.
There is no such thing as a seeker, so Biblically seeker-friendly is an inappropriate phrase. I am always cautious if everything in a church is lukewarm and if there are no manifestations of the Holy Spirit.
I hope this helps anyone who is thinking about this topic. Any questions or comments please leave below. I will answer all comments,