1. Who or what is the spotlight really on?
If the figurative spotlight in our church services is on anyone other than God, it is not worship. If the spotlight shines brighter on human performance than on the gospel of Christ, it is not worship. If anyone other than Jesus is receiving our adulation and applause, it is not God we worship.

2. What message are we communicating?
The message of the church—the message the world needs to hear from us—is not, “Come and have a good time,” “Come and be entertained,” or “Come and find your best life now.”

Tozer said: “Christ calls men to carry a cross; we call them to have fun in His name.”

The message of the church is the message of the cross. Lest we forget, Jesus’ cross was a source of entertainment only for those who mocked Him as He hung on it.

3. How are lives changed?
“But our methods are attracting and winning people!” some will say.

Tozer addressed that sentiment: “Winning them to what? To true discipleship? To cross-carrying? To self-denial? To separation from the world? To crucifixion of the flesh? To holy living? To nobility of character? To a despising of the world’s treasures? To hard self-discipline? To love for God? To total committal to Christ?”

1.     It brings us together as the gathered church.
2.     It brings focus to our wondering thoughts.
3.     Seeing others worship encourages us to pray.
4.     Hearing other voices ignites our passion for God.
5.     It engages our entire bodies (or it should).  A dead-man can’t sing.

Lecrae, John Piper, & John Ensor


 Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things in your word (Psalms 119:18). Touch me with your salve that I may see (Rev. 3:18).  Enlighten the eyes of my heart (Ephesians 1:18).

Your Word is full of promises,
flowers of sweet fragrance,
fruit of refreshing flavor when embraced by faith.

May I be rich in its riches,
be strong in its power,
be happy in its joy.

May I abide in its sweetness,
feast on its preciousness,
draw vigor from its manna.

Lord, increase my faith,

for Your name’s sake.

Valley of Vision (adapted)