But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it. James 1:25The Argentinian pastor, Juan Carlos Ortiz, wrote a book called, “Disciple” in the late 70s. It detailed the beginnings and the impact of the Argentinian revival. Thousands gave their lives to Christ, stadiums across the nation were packed as people hungrily came to hear the life giving message! In the book Ortiz talks about preaching to his own congregation and, during this period, he felt convicted to keep preaching on the same thing until he saw his congregation putting it in to practice. Not just the same theme, the same thing – every week – the same sermon. He details that it took some people weeks to realise that what they were hearing was the same as the week before (and the week before that). His question was this, “Is what we are saying and doing on a Sunday making any difference to the way we live in the light of the Gospel the rest of the week?” It might seem extreme to keep going at the same message week after week – but, if we are after “life in all its fullness” then our work cannot simply be to preach a blinder on a Sunday or deliver an out of this world “All Age” experience. What will people go away with? What will people be encouraged to do with what they go away with? How do we help people not forget what they have heard and seen? Give them a Take Away. Ok, this is Key 5 of 6 so we are nearly done, but – if you change nothing else about what you do with All Age Worship – please consider this one. Give people something to take away with them that they can do during the week – an action, a thought, a prayer, something they can do with others, something they could do by themselves . . . What can you give them that will help them root what has been explored in the day to day of Monday onwards? # Get yourself to a Cash and Carry. Go to a Cash and Carry, “Bookers” or “Costco” somewhere like that (whatever the equivalent might be in your country where you can buy in bulk cheaply) and buy a LOAD of take away boxes. The kind you might find at a take away burger or fish and chips place.
5. Give The A Take Away!