No one likes to be preached to. But to have someone reveal to me what God is saying to them, especially when I see them modeling the sort of Christian life that I can see and relate to – that teaches me. That makes me want to follow them as they lead on down the path to knowing God more fully. And the parts of the service that don’t go perfectly – and then God visits anyway – well that just is an encouragement that I can do some things too, because I know that if I do anything it is not likely to be perfect.
So maybe church should be more like a jamm session. Having a really good musician leading us into the music, encouraging us to try playing and helping us to improve as we go. That would be fun and challenging – and it is.