12 Trends Shaping Tomorrow’s Church (for the Worse)

Ask ten Americans if they believe in God and seven will say, “Yes.” source However, probe a bit deeper and you’ll find that only two of those seven believers went to church last Sunday. source

Now, let’s ask what that Sunday worship service was like for our two church attenders. How does it compare with the historic church?

What trends are on the rise? What’s declining?

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Sunday Call to Worship: Our Judge is Our Savior

The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.—from Paul’s sermon to the philosophers of Athens, Acts 17:30-31

DOCTRINE

God displays His great patience by delaying the judgement our sins deserve. Yet, He is just, and will finally judge the world in righteousness. He has committed that day of judgment to Jesus whom He raised from the dead, and before whom we will bow.

Until that day, God proclaims the good news of His mercy: Repent and believe Jesus whom I have raised from the dead.

CALL TO WORSHIP

Let us worship the God of all patience, mercy and pardon. He does not punish us as our sins deserve.

Let us join together with grateful hearts for the mercy God grants us in Christ Jesus who willingly bore the penalty we deserved.

Sunday Call to Worship: The Earth Is the Lord’s

The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, For he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.—a Psalm of David (Psalm 24:1-2)

DOCTRINE

Everything belongs to God. What you have. What you need. What you desire.

Everyone belongs to God. You. Those you love. Those you don’t.

All are His.

He created all things and sustains all things by His powerful Word.

CALL TO WORSHIP

Come, give God His due. Honor Him who orders all things and all people so that you have life. Seek Him from whom every good gift comes.

Come with thanksgiving for yesterday and today. He is near.

Come with trust for tomorrow. He goes before you.