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What to do When People Don’t Worship

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Although we put so much effort into preparing for our worship services with music practices and prayer meetings, there are some in our churches that we know are not going to worship.  It doesn’t matter how wonderful the music sounds or how exciting the service may be, some people just aren’t going to be involved at all in worship.  The Spirit can be so powerful and the anointing be so strong and there are people whose lives are clearly being changed, yet there will be that select few who are content sitting in their seats doing nothing.  What do we do when people don’t worship?  How do we get those people to worship?

Teach on worship

Colossians 3:16:

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Teach on worship in your bible studies.  Have lessons on worship during Sunday School.  Teach on worship during your mid-week services.  Show what can happen when everyone is with one accord and in one place doing the same thing. (Acts 2)  There are many passages in Scripture that teach on worship.  Some people may not worship because they really don’t know how to worship.  Maybe they are new to church and do not feel comfortable outwardly expressing themselves yet.  Maybe they really don’t know what worship is or how to demonstrate it.  It is our responsibility to teach on these things.  We can’t expect these people to worship if we haven’t first taught them what worship is and how to worship.

Preach on worship.   One pastor accurately stated that you get what you preach.  Our congregations will be reflections of our leadership.  If you want to have a giving church, preach on giving.  If you want a revival church, preach on revival.  If you want a worshipping church, preach on worship. 

Get up and Worship!  Probably the most effective way to get people to worship is to worship.  It’s not wise to think that we will have a worshipping church if we don’t lead by example.  You would think that this would be a no-brainer.  However, I have personally seen many times in worship services, the Holy Ghost moving and changing lives and people shouting and dancing and leaders on the platform just sitting there!  If you have a church that is full of worshippers, that spirit of not worshipping will slowly sneak into the congregation and before too long you will notice those that used to be a part of worship are now just sitting there also.  I know with having all of the responsibilities of leadership and having to prepare for messages and everything that goes along with being a pastor or spiritual leader, there are times when we do not worship.  It’s not because we don’t want to worship it’s just that maybe we are thinking of something else at the time.  However, for people sitting in the congregation, they see this as just not being a worshipper.  And why should they worship if the ministry is not worshipping?

What do we do when people are worshipping?  Teach on it, preach on it and just do it!


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