What to do After the Service?

Discussion in 'General discussions' started by Ryan&Amber2013, Jun 10, 2019.

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  1. Kinghezy

    Kinghezy Puritan Board Freshman

    I personally would prefer what Alex says, but I am starting to also the value in what Jim says. People aren't (usually) going to just jump into these deep personal discussion without some legwork on talking on more of the mundane stuff. And, I probably will not win many people to be able to important conversations, if I harp on them for their conversation topics, especially when I do not have a long history of trying to be a sabbatarian. Maybe it is appropriate to contribute to the conversation by bringing in topics that one thinks"are spiritual"
  2. Jack K

    Jack K Puritan Board Professor

    It's good to want spiritual depth in our conversation, but that doesn't necessarily happen by forcing it. And for sure, it doesn't help to have someone looking over my shoulder making sure my conversation is spiritual enough for church.

    I engage in all sorts of conversations at church, some of them related to the sermon or a lesson or some other spiritual topic, and some of them more mundane. All are beneficial, because they connect me with others in the body, and I need that connection. The sermon and the rest of the service content are important reasons why I am in church—probably the most important reasons—but they are not the only reasons. Nor am I convinced they should be.
  3. alexandermsmith

    alexandermsmith Puritan Board Sophomore

    Indeed we should endeavour to do all to the glory of God, but just because one seeks to do one's job (for example, insurance salesman) to the glory of God does not mean that a conversation about one's week selling insurance is spiritual conversation. Such a topic is secular. If one were talking about a conversation one had with a coworker on the Gospel that would be different. But whenever people amongst ourselves talk about work it tends to be about the actual work. We are meant to set aside our work and our other lawful worldly affairs on the Sabbath.

    And I agree that one doesn't usually form lifelong connections in two hours either. Forming relationships requires work and time and the Sabbath shouldn't be the day that that work is "slotted into" because, hey, we're all together anyway so that's when I'll work on getting to know people in the congregation. For our congregations truly to be a family we shouldn't rely on 20 mins or an hour once a week to talk. And yes during the week it can be hard to meet people, and often people live far away &c. but what that does is make the Sabbath the day of socialising when that's not the purpose of the Sabbath. Fellowship with one's fellow worshippers may be a part of the Sabbath, done in an orderly fashion, but the worship of God and the spending of the day in spiritual meditation is the purpose of the day. Otherwise why not have congregational picnics in the park during the Sabbath afternoon?

    I'm not advocating conversation monitors and I recognise how hard it is to jump right into spiritual conversation and it's because I recognise this that I know it's very unlikely to happen over tea and coffee in the church after the sermon.
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