Sunday, August 13, 2017: Where You Sit in Church Matters More Than You Think

And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” (Acts 8:29)

Have you ever heard of a dude named Gavrilo Princip? If you’re a history nerd, you probably have. But otherwise it’s unlikely.

Princip made a decision on June 28, 1914 to fire the bullets that killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophia. That decision set in motion the chain of events that led to World War I.

Think about that. A politically-motivated snap decision made by a nobody a long time ago in a faraway country kickstarted what many credible historians have argued is the most significant event in recent history. The world we live in today is, in many ways, the result of Princip’s decision to pull that trigger.

Sometimes it’s the seemingly small decisions that have the greatest impact.

While you hopefully aren’t going to start any world wars any time soon, you do have a decision to make. This Sunday, actually. And that decision has to do with where you’re going to sit in church.

I know, that may sound insignificant. Who cares where I sit in church? Well, I believe the Holy Spirit does.

Acts 8:26-40 tells the story of Philip ministering to an Ethiopian eunuch on a dusty road outside of Jerusalem. Through prayerful communion with the Spirit, Philip positioned himself to make an impact for the Gospel.

It’s the same for us on the Lord’s Day. We too must be willing to obey the Spirit’s leading as we walk into church this week in order that we might impact others for the sake of the Gospel. And that can begin with something as simple as where we choose to sit. But for that to happen, we, like Philip, must be prayerful.

Author Tony Payne explains this in his excellent book How to Walk into Church, “When we pray about where to sit in church, we’re expressing our trust in God for what will happen at church today. We are looking to him and calling on him as the Lord of the church… we’re trusting that what we do at church really matters; that God has something important for us to do—in particular, someone he wants us to sit next to, talk with, listen to, pray for, and encourage. Praying about where to sit… who would have thought that such a simple act would have so many benefits?” 

So where are you going to sit this Sunday? Don’t just thoughtlessly gravitate toward what’s comfortable. Instead, be prayerful, intentional, and obedient.

God might just lead you to sit next to that new person who’s trying LifePoint for the first time and needs a warm welcome. Or that faltering brother or sister who could use some encouragement in the Gospel. Or that wary unbeliever who was invited by a friend. Perhaps the Spirit might even lead you to sit on the front row so that others can see you joyfully engaged and participating in gathered worship. By such an example, those around you may be stirred to worship God too.

After all, a seemingly small decision can make a huge impact for the Kingdom, not because of fate or happenstance, but because we worship a great and sovereign God who does abundantly more than we could ever ask or think according to His power at work within us (Eph. 3:20-21). And His power is working even as we prayerfully consider something as simple as where to sit on a Sunday morning.

For further preparation for the Lord’s Day, read or study Hebrews 10:23-25.

Setlist for Sunday, August 13, 2017:

“Our God” by Chris Tomlin (J. Myrin, M. Redman, J. Reeves, C. Tomlin)

“This Is Amazing Grace” by Bethel Live (J. Farro, J. Riddle, P. Wickham)

“Man Of Sorrows” by Hillsong Worship (M. Crocker, B. Ligertwood)

“Devotion” by Worship Central (L. Hellebronthe, T. Hughes, D. Ussher)

“Crowns” by Hillsong Worship (M. Fatkin, S. Groom, B. Hastings)

You can also listen to a playlist of LifePoint’s current song rotation on Spotify.

About Tyler Greene (168 Articles)
Tyler Greene is the Associate Pastor of Worship Ministries for LifePoint Church in Ozark, MO.

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