Don’t Leave God’s Word Upstaged on Sunday Morning (The Distracted Worshipper #4)

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Part Four of Series: The Distracted Worshipper: A View from the Pews


I was a college theater major for a while. I remember learning in a costume & set design class: if they leave the theater talking about your exquisite costumes and the realistic scenery, then your play has failed. Not only that, but your costumes and sets have failed as well, because they upstaged the actors and the story.

So what do people talk about when they leave your church?

Here are some things I’ve heard…

  • The worship was awesome.
  • Pastor’s opening illustration was hilarious.
  • How does that tiny keyboard produce such an incredible range of sounds?
  • That message moved me to tears.
  • Where do I sign up for the men’s conference?
  • I wonder how they roll video behind the words of the songs.
  • I can’t believe that those actors were able to remember all of those lines!

Here are the things that I long to hear…

  • It’s amazing what God is doing in Nepal.
  • Pastor helped me appreciate Christ’s cross from a whole new angle.
  • I can’t believe how much I’ve been deceived by the American Dream.
  • I feel like I really connected with the Lord during the worship time.
  • I can’t wait to get home and make things right with my daughter.
  • When the elder prayed, it was as if he was reading my mind.
  • What a privilege to be a part of the Body of Christ.
  • Hallelujah! What a Savior!
  • I’m amazed that God would choose someone like me.
  • I feel like I was in His presence.
  • I need to go for a walk and get right with God.
  • I’m so grateful that the Lord gave you to me.
  • I feel as if I’ve just feasted on God’s Word.
  • The Lord is good and his steadfast love endures forever.

Some questions to think/talk through…

  • In what ways are we in danger of upstaging our Lord Jesus Christ?
  • How might our worship services be more God-centered?
  • Do we consistently give our people personal applications that are text-driven?

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Craig Parro

Since joining Leadership Resources International in 1989, Craig directed its international ministry, and as of January 2010, he now serves as President. A graduate of TEDS (M.A., Mission), Craig is a stimulating teacher and has equipped and encouraged pastors and churches throughout the U.S., Latin America and Asia. Craig also serves on the Board of Directors of TOPIC (Trainers of Pastors International Coalition), an association of pastoral training organizations focused on accelerating pastoral training worldwide. Craig has authored articles appearing in several magazines. His first book, Unlikely Warriors, was published in 1992. He is also co-author of Finishing Well in Life and Ministry: God’s Protection from Burnout.