Church history tends to go in cycles with one generation often forgetting the mistakes of the past. Church growth experts substitute previously failed measures with cutting edge facilities, programs and technology. Thus, if you attend modern church services you will find many replicate a concert with loud music, some sort of light show and overhead projectors that replace hymnals. Only time will tell if spicing up church is successful.
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends, John 15:13.
My spiritual background is a like a blended family. I grew up in the Roman Catholic church, attending CCD until my confirmation. While in high school, I began to attend a Methodist youth group. During my college years I spent time at Baptist, Pentecostal and Non-denomination congregations before graduating. Six months later I participated in a Lutheran dominated Youth Ministry Trade School. I could go on, but for me the only thing that spices up church is developing permanent meaningful lasting relationships.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective, James 5:16.
I can recall one night walking for miles, spending several hours pouring out my heart to close friends Dave and Liz. The earthly brother of Jesus is correct when he states publicly confessing your sins leads to healing. In fact, a teenager in England ignited the second great awakening by asking his congregation for forgiveness, revealing his deep and dark sins. Perhaps, if the leaders of modern churches begin to practice the biblical principles which led to previous spiritual awakenings, communities would notice what it means to spice up the church.
by Jay Mankus