Tullian Tchividjian writes a follow-up post explaining how the combined worship Services are working out at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in a post called ‘Ongoing Oneness’. A couple of months ago the church ceased conducting separate contemporary and traditional services. The rationale was that separately themed services poorly demonstrated the power of the Gospel to break down barriers between people.

God is clearly doing something new in bringing us together around a shared theology of mission, worship, and ministry. As I said in an earlier post, this is NOT first about music–it’s about the gospel. While I certainly don’t claim to know each and every situation in each and every local church, I don’t think a local church can experience the degree of deep, rich gospel unity that Jesus prayed for the night before he went to the cross by having a “traditional/contemporary” split in worship. I think by segregating ourselves this way we miss out on some choice blessings that Jesus intends for his one body to enjoy. Coral Ridge has turned a big corner and everyone on board is praising God for the gospel revolution we are experiencing.
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The article contains a link to an online copy of the Coral Ridge’s order of Service.
Personally, I’m a little underwhelmed at the absences of much prayer and Scripture reading. Singing and preaching are strongly presented, and the structural elements of the service which I’ve noted in past orders from Coral Ridge (nothing at hand to show you, sorry) remains, but in a much more sparse form. These elements may be more included in the actual services, but just aren’t showing up in this order.

2 thoughts on “Worshipping In Gospel Unity (via Tullian Tchividjian)

  1. Al Bain says:

    The rationale was that separately themed services poorly demonstrated the power of the Gospel to break down barriers between people.

    I’ve heard that argument before and don’t like it.

    Neither do I like this: I think by segregating ourselves this way we miss out on some choice blessings that Jesus intends for his one body to enjoy.

    Contextualizing is important. And finding a lowest common denominator and thinking that you’ve brought about gospel unity is, even if he denies it, all about music and style.

    1. gjware says:

      Having different Services because you’ve got two groups of people who can’t worship God in the same room as each other is a poor advertisement for the Gospel.
      Music and style were primary battlegrounds at Coral Ridge.
      There’s a whole nother congregation that’s been planted because of it.
      But if contextualing means that you’ve only got a bunch of people of similar age, social backgrounds and tastes worshipping together that’s not the Gospel at work, that’s the homogeneous unit principle.
      The attraction of the New Testament church was that people of diverse backgrounds were gathered together worshipping God in mutual submission because of the Gospel.

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