Keeping It Real

norman-rockwell-sunday-morningI must admit I’m really glad the culture shifted enabling us to wear more casual clothing to church on Sundays.  (Yes, I am fully aware that not everyone shares my opinion on this.)  However, creating a more open, caring atmosphere in worship requires far more than changing our clothing expectations.

The past four sermons have hopefully raised some awareness of our need to be increasingly intentional in planning and implementing our worship assemblies.  An attitude of looking out for one another is essential as we continue to grow in our love for each another.

Being conscious of those who are weak, sick, struggling or discouraged is one way we can keep our services real.  Building in elements that allow everyone present to express themselves, wherever they are in life, to our Holy God is a great step in building the kind of worshiping community that honors the humble, crucified One.  I believe we are making good progress in this and encourage us to keep moving in the direction the Holy Spirit is leading.

May our corporate worship do much more than create a “cool” worship experience.  May everyone present discover Jesus in our assemblies.  That will only happen when we keep it real.


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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.


One Response to “Keeping It Real”

  1. avatar Thomas C says:

    Great sermon! There were so many good points you made today that I think I missed a few when I was telling Tessa. The whole “real” part resonated with me. I have often thought that the place people are less “real” is at church. People don’t want to show faults or weakness. And until we share this with our “family” there is no way we can be supported. But the first step is making a Real Church Family. Not one that just says hi when they pass in the aisle. But real connections. I believe that is a strength of CLCoC, but one that we should continue to strive to make even better.

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