- “LORD, WE HOPE WE’VE DONE THIS IN A WORTHY AND PLEASING MANNER.” I understand what’s being prayed when we say this, and I’ll be the first to say, “Let’s do things respectful and right,” but sometimes I think we think that God’s going to strike us dead if our minds wonder during worship? Maybe we think God will bar-b-que us for forgetting the words to a song? Is God just looking for a chance to catch us doing something wrong? Have we beat people up with the story of Nadab and Abihu so much that we’re living in constant fear of our Father? How sad! Why do we enter His throne room as frightened children with our head down, afraid to make eye contact? Is God not pleased to see & hear His children? Are we not to, “Approach the throne of grace with confidence?” Hebrews 4:16. WAKE UP people. He’s your Father, and He loves you. He’s not a task master with a whip looking to beat you!
- “THE LESSON OF THE HOUR WILL BE GIVEN BY TREY, OUR REGULAR PREACHER.” Actually this phrase always makes me laugh. First, I’ve never preached for an hour in my life, but does this mean I can? Second, how do they know I’m regular?
- “THIS CONCLUDES THE LORD’S SUPPER AND NOW WE’LL HAVE THE CONTRIBUTION.” Does it not count if we don’t use that phrase between the communion and the contribution?
- “BAPTIZED BELIEVER.” Okay, before I get in trouble I want you to understand that I understand what’s being said here. I honestly do. But “baptized believer” is an unbiblical phrase. Jesus spoke of two groups of people, believers and non-believers. Nowhere in the Bible does it ever say anything about a special group called the “baptized believers.” Am I saying baptism isn’t essential, necessary or important? No way. I am saying that if we’re going to follow the bible and do things biblical, then let’s use biblical words and phrases correctly, too.
- “EPISTLE.” Again, just like above, use biblical phrases. Biblically they are called letters not epistles. That word has to be so confusing to babes in Christ.
- “UM, YOU JUST TOLD A LIE IN CHURCH!” You’re not supposed to lie anywhere, and it doesn’t make it worse if you do it in the church building.
- “WE’RE GOING TO CHURCH.” I’ve told you before, we don’t “go to church”, we “are the church.” The church is wherever the people meet. It’s not the building.
- “ARE YOU GOING TO EVER DO FULL-TIME WORK SOMEDAY?” The dreaded phrase heard often by youth ministers and associate ministers. What a slap in the face. “Full-time” work? What does that mean? Do they already not work full-time? They probably put in more hours than the minister every week, but for some reason many think that associate ministers or youth ministers are not in “full-time” ministry until they “move-up” to preaching. Does it make you more holy if you preach? Honestly, Paul said, “God gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers” (Ephesians 4:11). Or if I can rephrase that, “God gave some to be ministers, some to be youth ministers, some to be associate ministers, some to be bible class teachers, etc.” Don’t belittle one of God’s servants because he doesn’t preach.
Okay, enough preaching today. Any phrases or words you’re not crazy about?