A Place for Everyone

tn_IMG_8515 Hi all, it’s been heartening to see people take an interest in the subject of worship (whatever definition we give it). I personally thank those who have commented on various articles and encourage those who have been reading to speak up and offer their opinions as well.

I firmly believe that we are on the brink of a paradigm shift in thinking with regards to the way we do worship, and the way we do church. Surveys have shown that, contrary to everywhere else in the world,  Singaporean Gen X-ers (30-40 years old) are actually quite similar to their parents (Baby-Boomers, +50) in terms of beliefs and behaviour. Isn’t that intriguing?

But the Gen Y-ers (<30), who are slowly influencing mainstream society, are radically different. It’s going to take a lot of re-thinking for the church to communicate the gospel to these young adults and young people. So I thank each of you for questioning our long held beliefs about worship, and for defending some of them – we’re rethinking ourselves as we speak.

Of course, respecting each other’s opinions is vital if we are to explore the meaning of worship in this community. It’s not wrong to agree with people (how’s that for a mind-bender), nor is it wrong to say that you do! It’s also okay to disagree, but respectfully – after all, we’re in this together. Most importantly, it’s okay to agree to disagree – if only for the sake of encouraging discussion let’s work together to find the truth so that we do not lead others astray. So thank you for fostering that environment, so that this community can be a place for everyone.


~ by jonhyz on January 14, 2009.

2 Responses to “A Place for Everyone”

  1. It’s funny I came across this just yesterday (: (Bits from ‘Encounter with God’ daily devotion.

    Eph 4:15
    Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.

    1 Pet 3:15
    But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…

    ” ‘A soft answer turns away wrath’ and ‘faithful are the wounds of a friend’ are two of my favourite proverbs. But ‘where you have 2 jews, you have 3 opinions,’ and some debate, argument and controversy are inevitable. How can we conduct a discussion without giving unnecessary offence?

    Keeping a sense of hunour helps. Also a godly humility that is willing to listen carefully, hear the other person’s point of view respectfully, and be able to agree to differ. These personal reflections have to be balanced with ‘speaking the truth in love’ and always being ready to give a reason for the hope we hae. Sometimes it is a matter of listening as Jesus did, to the heart of a person, not just their head.How can i prevent my own anger or ill-feeling from clouding the conversation and relationship, ending a friendship before it may even have begun?

    How is it possible to demonstrate the divine heavenly wisdom that unites the people of GOd, and live it out in an exemplary way in our culture today?”

    Well, it’s nothing new to us, just thought it’s nice to add on to jon (: James 3:13-17.

    “Truth Remains Buried
    (Prov 25:2 KJV) It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

    Yet, let us continue to be searching for the truth and not ‘settle’.

    “When someone blurts out an ‘agree 2 disagree’ it means they will no longer desire to see if they are incorrect on a given subject. They will continue to believe what they want to believe. They will reject all the truth they have been given to remain in their present belief. Spiritual growth is hindered by a settlement philosophy.

    And to end off: above all, let love prevail (: All the comments has caused me to think, rethink, i must say!

  2. hmm… thanks for the reminder. indeed… we shouldn’t strive to agree to disagree, but to find the truth together. those of us tasked with ministering have a responsibility to do things the way God wanted us to.

    my bad then =) let’s continue to disagree, but respectfully with the view not of being proved right, but of helping each other find the truth!

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