International Voices: Blasphemy of Worship

OnMission 2017

Some churches manipulate worship to be a form of entertainment—a way to draw people in and increase numbers. In this video from OnMission 2017, Adrian de Visser, Founder and pastor at Kithu Sevana in Sri Lanka, urges churches to worship in a culturally authentic way.  

Adrian de Visser is the founder and senior pastor of Kithu Sevana Ministries in Sri Lanka, a missions-oriented church-planting organization with a burden for reaching the unreached. Adrian entered ministry in 1979 as the first local-language ministry worker for Youth For Christ, Sri Lanka. He created the Navodaya movement for evangelism in Sri Lanka, and has authored several books, including Ministry in Balance. Adrian holds an MA in Missions from Columbia International University and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the government of Sri Lanka in 2007 for his social development and community-oriented work. He also received the title Deshabandu, one of Sri Lanka’s highest civilian honors, for his work among the poor. Adrian currently serves as the Vice President for Partnership Development for Asian Access and is a member of the governing board of the Colombo Theological Seminary, Sri Lanka. 

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact your ministry.

Which of Adrian's points did you find most impactful? Why?
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What did the Lord reveal to you through this message? (Did you gain a specific insight into your life or ministry? What challenged you? Were you convicted of sin?)
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How were you encouraged through this message? How can you use what you’ve learned to encourage someone else—in your personal life, at work, or at church—and equip them as a disciple of Christ?
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How, practically, can you implement what you heard from this message in your life and/or ministry today? What will you do differently this week because of what you’ve just heard?
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In order to be true worship to a Holy God, worship must express the local cultural flavor. We must cease trying to manipulate emotions or emulate only one culture, but glorify God in a diverse expression of many peoples, nations, and cultures. 

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