Moves like Jagger?

It was the obvious song choice to enter church to, right?

On Sunday we had loads of students walking through the doors of our church, many of them returning from the summer break, but most of them freshers, in search of a new home.

It’s not often you hear the number one in the current UK charts, blasting out from the front speakers, with a guy in a dog-collar on the sound desk turning it up just that little bit more for the chorus.

I’ve got the moves like Jagger…

Why was it that Maroon 5 replaced the background-murmur of Chris Tomlin or any number of worship leaders whose lyrics don’t include poetic lines like “you say I’m a kid, my ego is big”?

Whatever your opinion of “non-worship” (not my label) music in church, the truth of the matter was that on Sunday, the moment I stepped into the community of people discovering more about Jesus, it felt like I’d been invited to a party. A party in which we could all have moves like Jagger perhaps…

In Luke 15, Jesus describes how a massive celebration, a heavenly party, kicks-off when a person turns to God. Like something valuable that was lost, being found. And given that the vast majority of students don’t know Jesus, and aren’t looking at God for their life’s focus, the fact we had crowds of students turning up to church, turning to God on their Sunday afternoon, does provoke a party. On earth, as it is in heaven.

I’m not saying you should play Moves Like Jagger at any gathering you have from now on (though I’m not telling you to rule it out either). I just reckon knowing Jesus and sharing him is worth celebrating, and inviting others to join the party.

We’ve got the moves like Jagger…

Miriam Swanson

Global Student Mission Leader

Miriam helps equip the church for student mission internationally. She's based in the USA and hungry to see young adults follow Jesus with all of who they are. 

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