Buyers Market when it comes to Church

There are always people buying and selling things.  There’s a trend right now with people selling things on Facebook and meeting at the river in Mason on Thursday nights.  “Black Friday” starts on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.  Some people complain, but the stores are only opening because people will come.  If nobody shopped, no stores would open… it’s really that simple.

There are always people looking to buy houses and people selling houses.  When there are more people buying than selling, it’s called a “seller’s market”.  Sellers can sell at a higher price because there are so many buyers.  When there are more people selling and fewer buying, it’s called a “buyers market”.  Sellers need to lower their price to try to attract a buyer.

Christianity today appears to be a “buyer’s market”.  There are so many churches with so many different pastors emphasizing so many different aspects of the Gospel with so many styles of worship.

  • Want a great band?  I know a church.
  • Want Sunday night worship?  I know a church.
  • Want a small, intimate congregation?  I know a church.
  • Want the King James Version of the Bible?  I know a church.
  • Want to get crazy in the aisles?  I know a church.
  • Want old time preaching?  I know a church.
  • Want to get a lot of personal attention in a congregation that caters to the people who attend and don’t waste their time or resources on the world or the local area?  I know a church.

Maybe I’ve belabored the point, but you get the point.  There are so many churches with so many points of emphasis.  Pastor David Platt said if you invite people to your church for great preaching, great music, a great Sunday School program, or any other reason, eventually people will leave when a church pops up with better preaching, better music, or better programs.  When we invite people to our church because we love and worship Jesus, nobody can top that.  At Mason UMC, I try to remind everyone Jesus is why we do what we do.  To Him be all glory, honor, and praise. Amen.

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One Response to Buyers Market when it comes to Church

  1. Steve says:

    What if people joined a local church not because of what it gave to them in exchange for their offering (sort of like membership dues) but because they felt called to serve there. If we’re part of the Body of Christ, then each person should contribute as they are able and are called. Some to teach, some to encourage, some to lead, etc. What keeps people in a local church, their calling.

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