I was thrilled when I visited my oldest daughter’s church at Christmas. It is a non-denominational church that seemed to do everything “just right.” Passionate music with meaningful lyrics, Gospel-centered preaching that went verse-by-verse through a passage in Micah, a proper focus on giving, an emphasis on church planting, and more.
They even had a clever solution for communion. When I went to receive it a guy was holding two cups. I immediately realized that one was grape juice and one was wine. I didn’t have a preference so I didn’t bother to look for the labels ( I think I got wine).
Either way, I thought it was a terrific approach to something that can divide people unnecessarily. I’m in the debate-don’t-divide camp regarding non-essential issues so I love seeing solutions like this.
Ecumenical / non-denominational efforts sometimes get wimpy or even heretical with their theology. Instead of uniting on the essentials they ignore everything even remotely controversial and end up with the sort of un-biblical or even anti-biblical theology you’ll find at the World Council of Churches, the National Council of Churches, Sojourners and the like.
I’m very encouraged that there are churches like this out there. I hope they grow and expand across the country. It was definitely an answered prayer for my daughter to land in such a theologically sound and well-run church.
Trivia fact: You can read about how grape juice became a popular choice for communion here. Short version: A Methodist named Welch (yep, as in Welch’s) sought an alternative to wine.