For a long time, I used to argue that the Gathered Worship (aka, Sunday church services) were primarily for Christians. And to really show that I went to Bible College, I would argue that the main purpose for such meetings is for edification. And if evangelism took place, it would be because non-Christians saw a group of Jesus followers edifying each other well. I’m beginning to see that such a divorce between evangelism and edification is unnecessary and reveals a minimized view of the gospel.
Taking his cue from Tim Keller and summarizing Keller’s paper, The Centrality of the Gospel, Mark Driscoll resonates what I too believe is the point of gathered worship.
“My articulation is, Sunday is for the worship and the adoration and the exaltation of Jesus, and if everything is about Jesus, then it works for Christians and non-Christians. Everyone needs Jesus, and the gospel is for Christians, too. It’s not just something you believe and then move on with the rest of your life. The gospel of conviction of sin and repentance and trusting in the finished work of Christ is something that every Christian practices every moment of every day, and I think it’s a truncated view of the gospel if it’s a few laws, or a sales pitch we give to someone, they pray the prayer, and then we’ve concluded our evangelistic endeavor. I think it’s a very reductionistic view of the gospel.”
Mark Driscoll, Modern Reformation “Christless Christianity” May/June Vol. 16 No. 3 2007 Pages 39-42