I am sitting at Starbucks outside of The Crescent Hotel in Downtown Dallas, as I type this post. My wife and I were down here this weekend, because I had the opportunity to preach at Concord Church. Let me tell you, my experience at Concord Church was one of The Best Church Experiences Ever… The Spirit of God moved, the environment was ripe and lives were changed.
On the other side of the Red River at the Northwest Oklahoma City Campus of LifeChurch.tv (n-dub); all I have heard is that it was The Best Church Experience Ever. Here are a few of the text messages that I received from different people about what happened at the n-dub this weekend:
- u missed an amazing weekend at the n-dub! 55 salvations at the 11:30 alone!!!
- It was crazy good this weekend. The Spirit was moving
- Best Experience since I’ve started attending lifechurch
- That was the best service ever, worship, rappers, message, God… I couldn’t stop crying
- We missed u in worship 2day! It was such an awesome experience! No 1 wanted 2 leave! The Lord is good!
- Three words: Off The Hook! In the top 5 services from the last 10 years.
The bottom line is that what happened this weekend at Concord, the n-dub and churches around the globe is The Spirit of God moved in environments that were ripe. I just talked to a good friend of mine who actually sent me the text message stating: “Three words: Off The Hook! In the top 5 services from the last 10 years.” I think he said it best, when he said “It wasn’t the rappers, it wasn’t worship, it wasn’t the fact that Craig had everyone stand during the invitation… it wasn’t a system or a thing but rather a combination of things in an environment where people wanted to experience God and The Spirit moved.”
I wasn’t at the n-dub, but I didn’t need to be to understand what happened. I wasn’t at your church that experienced something very similar this weekend, but I didn’t need to be to understand what happened. The Spirit Of God Moved!
A weak phrase that Christians will often use is: (Fill in the blank)… “Then God Showed Up!” Seriously as though God is not Omnipresent. God didn’t just show up, He was already there. When you experience The Best Church Experience Ever, don’t think that God just showed up, He was already there. The Spirit Of God really moves when the environment is ripe, the hearts of the people are ready and God is not put in a box.
Do you want The Best Church Experience Ever? Create an environment where people are free to worship, God is not put in a box, people are welcome… and let The Spirit Of God Move.