John Alan Turner

Writer, Theologian, Consultant, Speaker, Teacher

Digging A Little Deeper

Thanks for all the good feedback in the comments section of yesterday's post. I also got some email and some folks left comments on Facebook. Today I'd like to begin digging a little deeper into some of the assumptions you came up with. And I want to preface this by reminding everyone that our assumptions may be either true or false. Or perhaps they were true at one time and are no longer true now as society continues to change. Regardless, we all have assumptions, even if we think we don't.

For example, Terry Hanger wrote, "ass/u/me -- guess that is why I do not assume anything."

Here's my response: Terry, that sounds good. It's clever and all, but it's not really true, is it? When you go to that big pink building on Sunday morning, you have certain expectations. You expect to sing some songs -- you even expect to stand while singing some of them. You expect to hear a sermon. You expect someone will pray in public. Given your particular heritage, you expect to take communion every Sunday. These are all assumptions (or presuppositions) on your part, and there's nothing inherently wrong with them. I just think we need to periodically question our assumptions, or at least remind ourselves that they do, in fact, exist.

Matt Dabbs brought up this assumption: "An invitation song is necessary for any worship service otherwise it is unscriptural."

Matt, it seems to me there's an assumption even deeper that led to this. The assumptions that drive "invitation songs" or "altar calls" are probably (1) that people should to be given the chance to make a commitment to Jesus and (2) a plenary session is the most effective time and place for this. Therefore, (3) if a community of people is serious about evangelism, they will always offer people the opportunity to respond to the gospel anytime they are gathered together.

Now, do you think those assumptions are true or false? Were they true at one point in time and are no longer true now as society has changed? How can we take the good part of those assumptions and apply them today?