Question: Who get’s to play?
The word church
Did you know that the word church is not in the original Bible. The greek work is ecclesia (assembly)
If you want to know the true meaning of a word see how it’s been used throughout the Bible.
The problem with words is that they mean different things to different people. For some church is the building. Other’s its a particular meeting on a Sunday.
The word means to gather: political meetings. A coming together of believers.
“Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly (church or ecclesia) was confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together.”
What do you do at church? What did they do in Acts and the Epsitles?
1 Corinthians 14: Whenever you come together – each of you. Not a few. ALL.
1 Corinthians 14:26 “How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.”
This is very much the American Supper idea in the previous post. Everyone get’s to play not a select and anointed few.
The common objection to this is that result is chaos? Paul gives guidelines: Prophecy someone else wants to say something – shut up! In mots churches today the only one who gets to speak is the pastor!
Just because everyone is involved doesn’t mean that everything has to be spontaneous. There is room for preparation. It’s unlikely that every one will bring potatoes.
What we missing out? Missing out on variety!
Often today its all about the teaching gift.
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
1 Corinthians 12:10
For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
Allot more variety than we experience!
How would God assemble the church? – assemble a bit of furniture.
Is seeker friendly church God’s plan?
Church is not a place where you bring people to evangelise. We should be equipped to go to people.
Evangelism isn’t a gift. An evangelist is a person.
Pastoring isn’t a gift. A pastor is a person.
Stuck on the ground
If the church was an airfield most of the planes are either stuck in the hangars or on the ground.
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