Church Is Not A Spectator Sport

February 17, 2012

I so appreciate Stephen Altrogge’s thought in this piece. Frequently people critique their church experience like they do a trip to a restaurant. I’m all for customer feedback; I want people to tell me what does and doesn’t work. Yet, we need a service mindset realizing that we are all part of the church. Along we being served on a Sunday, following Jesus’ example, we need to serve as well.

To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. (1 Corinthians 12:7)

Sometimes we can turn church into a spectator sport. A consumer sport. A “how will this help me?” sport. A “who will reach out to me today?” sport.

But church was never intended to be that way. Church is a full participation, full contact sport. God has given each one of us gifts of the Spirit. You have a manifestation of the Spirit that I do not have. I need the gifts that the Holy Spirit has given you, and you need the gifts given to me. We can’t be half-hearted when it comes to participating in the life of the church.

You have a gift of encouragement – who will you minister to this Sunday? You have a gift a prophecy – who will you speak to this Sunday? You have a gift of generosity – who will you bless this Sunday? You have a gift of mercy – who will experience it this Sunday?

Please, don’t deprive me of your gifts!

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2 Responses to “Church Is Not A Spectator Sport”


  1. At Church of the Highlands, in San Bruno I heard once; Don’t be a pew potato. That always stuck with me


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