How Should We Meet?
“What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church……. Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.” 1 Corinthians 14:26,29-33
There we have it! God’s idea of a peaceful, orderly worship gathering. Where EVERYONE gets to share and EVERYONE may be instructed and encouraged. There we can ALL share an inspired Word and EVERYONE gets to participate. I am talking about totally free and open, Spirit led fellowship.
God’s way to gather is NOT 3 songs, a prayer, an offering, and a sermon. So why do 99% of “churches” follow a pattern similar to this? The way of man sets an order of worship that God did not inspire or ordain and yet they call their liturgy the way of God. Notice in this passage that there is no room for professional Pastors or Worship Leaders. Because we don’t need them. In fact they get in the way of the Spirit’s inspiration.
The way of The Lord is about EVERYBODY participating whenever we gather. In most congregations the Pastor does over 90% of the sharing when they gather. This is NOT the way of The Lord. This is NOT orderly worship according to Jesus.
Orderly worship according to God is a wild free for all, where EVERYONE gets to share in turn as The Spirit gives them revelation. I have seen it work this way for over 35 years now and I have never witnessed it spin out of God’s control. The Spirit is fully capable of guiding a room full of His people according to His will and His ways. A Pastor or master of ceremonies is NOT a need. Sermons are not needed or desired. This passage of Corinthians makes that abundantly clear. We need to stop doing things man’s way, and start doing things God’s way. HIS way is free and open with EVERYONE participating. Man’s way has oppressive structure and Leadership that has been holding the Body of Christ back for centuries. I honestly do not know how this passage can be looked at any other way. Simple open fellowship is the way of Jesus. Contrived agendas led by men with hyper-order are not His way. It can’t be both ways. As for me and my house we will serve The Lord.
Kirk Out !