When we think of vibe and we think of theology they rarely mix do they? People strong on theology don’t really think about vibe and people who are good on vibe don’t really think theologically. Or so the story goes…
As Christians we need to think theologically about everything, especially the vibe of our meetings. The big question I want so ask is “Do our meetings reflect the character of God?”
What is the character of God?
You could write a book on it.
When I think of God and his character I keep coming back to two words, loving and holy.
We see God’s love in the verse we all know John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
We see in Revelation 4:8 a picture of a holy God:
8 Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying:
“‘Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God Almighty,’[a]
who was, and is, and is to come.”
If we are going to think about who God is and let that shape our vibe we need to think about how our vibe contributes to people going away knowing that God loves them and that he is so holy .
I think if we are to say that God is a loving God we need to show that we love the people who come to our Churches. It would be pathetic if we say that God loves people and we didn’t show it.
But holiness is much harder. How do you shape the vibe of your service so that you communicate that God is holy?
Now I must be clear, God is a speaking God and the main way we communicate his attributes is by speech. That is how God has set it up and I am not saying we should go mystic or catholic But I want to have the vibe of the service match what we are saying.
In the Bible we see that God is loving and holy. The question is how do we shape the vibe of our service so that our vibe is consistent with what we are preaching and saying?