A while back I took some time during my lunch hour to watch a Coldplay show. I have to say that Coldplay is an extremely talented, entertaining group. Here were my takeaways:
1. Great songwriting.
2. These guys can inspire people.
3. The creativity in this show is stellar.
4. The people in the crowd know how to worship.
The crowd/audience at this show was going absolutely nuts for Coldplay. They were singing every word to every song. They would even keep singing when the song was over!
Here is what I know about concert attendees (myself included): we show up to the venue expecting something amazing to happen. I know that’s what goes through my head when I’m waiting in line to see my favorite bands. I often ask myself, “what are they going to do that was different than last time I saw them. I wonder how they are going to incorporate their new songs…”
Here is my biggest takeaway from watching the Coldplay show– what if our worship gatherings at our churches were as powerful as this Coldplay show? No, I’m not saying that the band at your church has to sound like Coldplay, it’s not about that. I am talking more along the lines of audience/crowd participation. If Coldplay were playing to an empty stadium, this show I was watching would have been decent, but not great. The crowd singing and jumping, lifting their hands and shouting is what makes the show memorable; for the audience and for the band.
What if we arrived at our church gatherings on Sunday with this type of mindset: “God is about to do something amazing. I can’t wait to see it! God is in the house, the Holy Spirit is going to move, and lives are going to be changed through the power of Jesus Christ!”
Let’s be honest, we have more reason to celebrate than any concert attendee EVER! We get to celebrate, sing, shout, and dance for our Savior who died for our sins and is ALIVE TODAY! Jesus gets the worship and praise–not Coldplay, not any band or preacher. That alone should excite us to no end! Are you ready for Sunday?? Let’s have church!