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9Marks Explained : A Letter From Mark Dever

Special Services?

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iMonk has a brief reflection on special services in Christian churches and the ways the culture pressures the church to do or not do certain things during this time of the year.  He makes two observations:1.  The way people approach these seasons is defined more by individual and family traditions than by church traditions.2. Patterns of worship in some congregations vary little from the way worship is practiced during other parts of the year.Here's his conclusion:In my experience in evangelicalism, whenever the church calendar has
a face-off with the family calendar, school calendar, or community
calendar, the church calendar usually loses.

How far should we go in accommodating culture? On the other
hand, are there times when the church should simply insist that “this
is what we do to fulfill God’s calling in Christ,” and exhort the
people in our congregations to make the services of the church their
priority? And if we do this, how do we avoid becoming legalistic or
domineering over our congregations?
Join the conversation there.But these are some questions I've had as well.  Cayman is a lot like a college town when it comes to summers and major holidays.  With half the island's population coming from other countries, it's inevitably that significant numbers of people will travel home to see family, etc.  How do we respond/do we respond to such ebb and flow in the congregation's life?  Are the church's observances dictated more by family and cultural traditions than by biblical customs?

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