I recently attended a unique church. The service was unlike any I have been to in a long time. Matter of fact, I questioned if most Christians I know would be drawn to a church like this. This church definitely would not fit the mold of what modern church growth people would encourage you to imitate. Let me give you a brief description.
- There were no screens, projectors, or special lighting.
- It was old and filled with hard pews.
- Most everyone "dressed up" for church.
- There was no band. Just an organist.
- Singing was via hymn book. Most of the songs we sang were Psalms.
- The Pastor (who has been there 45 years) was the only one on the platform the entire service. He led the singing, prayers, and message.
- There were no announcements, funny stories, or traditional altar call.Does it sound like a church you would visit, let alone join?
Well, there were hundreds of people there with very little room for many more. WHY???
Here are a few reasons that I gathered.
- The Word of God was central.
- The Spirit of God was revered.
- The Son of God was exalted.
- There was a clear passion and commitment to the Gospel.
- There was a clear vision and direction for the church.
- There was strong, dedicated leadership.
- There was a rich history.
So, where was this church? Why is it so significant that I would take time to write about it. I'm referring to the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London (Charles Spurgeon's Church). Our visit was the culmination of a 10 day mission we recently led in England. It was an absolutely amazing service. For over 350 years, this church as been a pillar of faith in England. It has survived fire, war, and spiritual warfare. Believer it or not, but events that took place in this building have literally shaped much of our modern church. The Metropolitan Tabernacle may not be a model for the modern church... But it should be!
Learn more about the Metropolitan Tabernacle at www.metropolitantabernacle.org
. We have also added the service our team attended (03/15/15) on our App. Download it today at www.thegospelapp.org