Greg King

Five Stones

Firealarm in the Service

Did some one pull the firealarm at the 11am service today? As soon as I finished the message about 75 people towards the back of the worship center took their weekly cue and decided it was better to beat traffic than to see what God did with the message. I know that their were some legitimate reasons for some people  having to leave early but after preaching for the past three weeks you begin to sense a pattern that has been in place for sometime. I hope I challenged the thinking of some of these folks as I encouraged them to stick around until we were done. I just don’t understand how you get yourself into this type of behavior pattern. That as the sermon is preached you are just counting the clock till it is time to go. The first chance you get after the message to leave you hop on it to beat the traffic and get ahead of schedule. I wonder why people even come if this is the mentality? And people wonder why God doesn’t speak to them anymore? Or maybe they don’t think about it at all. Sad!

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June 18, 2007 - Posted by | Church Life, Preaching

3 Comments »

  1. I wonder if these are the same people who are 5, 10, 20 minutes late for every service? I’ll bet they get to work on time!?!?!

    Comment by Dave | June 18, 2007 | Reply

  2. After so long, people come and count the seconds out of guilt or because they feel they are expected to, no longer out of actually wanting to go to church and learn, or hear the service and worship. It is sad. But that’s how so many people are nowadays, all rush and no time to stop and actually listen.

    Comment by Luke Miller | June 18, 2007 | Reply

  3. Greg,
    I see the same thing at the chuch we are now attending. It is very distracting. A few months ago, I heard Dr. Johnny Hunt tell how he wanted to address it in his church (must be a common problem). At the close of a service he was going to tell the congregation that counselors were waiting to meet them at the “back of the church” today to welcome them and pray with them on any decision they may be making. That would be hilarious.

    Comment by Andy | July 16, 2007 | Reply


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