In this series of posts, we will consider the practices of other churches that share some similarities with the OPC, though also some significant differences. With some of the examples (ten in number), we may see some ways in which their practice is inconsistent with our doctrinal commitments, but also hopefully learn from these brothers and sisters in Christ. In particular, we hope to learn more effective ways to welcome new people into the language and culture of our worship, practice, and life as a church.
Sermon Series Intro Handout/Booklet – Popular in Acts 29 circles and similar churches, where preaching is viewed as a priority. A well-done booklet dealing with overview, background, themes, etc. Something for people to keep with them and review.
Example: Click the link below and a pdf of sample pages will pop up in a new tab.
Initial Reformed Reaction: Probably the only concern is time and resources (which is not a small thing).
Principle that Transfers: It’s a great resource for visitors and members alike for review, to keep things fresh, and by way of introduction. Great for family worship or just personal review and individual devotional time. We believe preaching is the center-piece of worship. Let’s do what we can to help the outsider follow along and listen and learn. Regarding time and resources, you may not be there yet. You may not be able to do something like the example. But what could you do now? And what could you be working toward in the future. Maybe you can start small with a few pages and a couple of pictures in pdf format. You could use charts or illustrations from a study Bible or Bible Intro to share. This is also potentially a way to use artistic people or graphic artists in your congregation and give them a chance to serve in a way they would love.
Is anyone already doing this? Email us and tell us….send us a sample! firstname.lastname@example.org