This very issue has caused a lot of confusion and dissension among believers. There are those who think that the church service should be designed with believers in mind, and there are those who think that the church service should be designed with unbelievers in mind (seeker-driven & seeker-sensitive). Is this really that big of a deal? Actually it is, and one that can be easily solved by looking to Scripture. There are a couple of points to keep in mind.
First, the church by definition is a called out assembly; a group of believers. Christ died for the church. It is the saved who make the church a church. When the church meets together, it is those who have been saved who assemble themselves together.
Second, we have to look at what the Bible says is to take place when a church meets together. There are several things that we find:
- The church meets together to be edified in Christ.
- The church meets together to worship God.
- The church meets together to give.
- The church meets together to remember the Lord’s sacrifice.
- The church meets together in order to fellowship with saints.
- The church meets together to hear the preaching of God’s Word.
- The church meets together to pray.
As one leading Christian author said, “It [church] is a Christian experience of the purest kind.” If this is what is to take place in the church, how can it be completely designed with unbelievers in mind? Obviously, there can and should be evangelistic services and a focus on world evangelism and on local outreach, but if that is the entire focus of the church it will be filled with very weak and immature believers (which is what we see happening today).
The church service must be primarily designed with the believer in mind if it is going to accomplish its biblical purposes.