(Pictured right: Russell and Sam Evans
Senior Pastors, Planetshakers City Church)
A great model for communication and interaction was
given to us in the Bible by Jesus. He was amazing at
speaking the language of His audience. When He spoke to
tax collectors, He spoke about issues pertaining to them.
When He spoke to fishermen, He spoke about fish — Jesus
was relevant and engaging. This is a powerful picture of
worship services. To be truly effective, we need to speak
the language of those with whom we are communicating.
The Church should be ahead of the world when it comes
to relevance. Daniel was “head and shoulders above his
peers in understanding and speaking to the culture.”
He knew the Babylonian language thoroughly and
could communicate it brilliantly. But he was more than
relevant — he was prophetic. He interpreted a dream for a
nation and a generation. In other words, he gave them an
encounter with God.
So bringing it back to our central focus, Jesus spoke
the language. But more importantly, He gave those who
came into contact with Him an encounter with God. That’s
what our modern worship services should do — create an
environment where people can worship in spirit and truth.
It’s not either/or…it’s both!
A 2013 worship experience should have all the elements
that communicate the message in a way that connects.
We should utilize available technology — lights, sound, the
look — but at the end of the day, without an encounter with
Jesus, it’s just that — lights, sound and a cool look. God has
blessed Planetshakers Church with great “production,”
but we believe the reason our Church is growing so fast
is because we communicate Jesus through our worship
services. We are passionate about God, prayer, worship,
His Spirit, His Ways and reflecting His love to a world in
need. People won’t necessarily remember our massive LED
screens, the fancy lights or sound, but they will remember
the encounter they had with God. After all, that’s what
worship is all about...encountering God!