When it comes to dealing with new ideas, people naturally fall into one of two groups.
Some people equate “new” and “evil”. They tend to believe that if it was worth thinking up, someone would have thought of it years ago.
The second group (to which I belong), thinks “new” and “cool” are synonyms. “If it ain’t broke, break it.” (Wait ‘til you hear the idea I’ve got for a new Sunday evening service for the tech-savvy teens and twenty-somethings.)
But there is a third group which is probably the ideal. They don’t naturally lean toward new ideas, nor do they lean away from them. Instead they lean toward the Bible. In the Book of Acts, we encounter a group of people like that in a town called Berea.
The people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul's message. (Then) they searched the Scriptures day after day to check up on Paul and Silas, to see if they were really teaching the truth. As a result, many Jews believed, as did some of the prominent Greek women and many men. Acts 17:11-12 (NLT)
Open-minded when it comes to new ideas, but Biblically-grounded in analyzing those ideas. That’s the group we all should strive to be part of.
So if you’ll pardon me, I need to dig into the Word a little to see if that new Sunday service fits the Bible’s criteria for authentic worship.