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How Should We Meet?

August 7, 2014

Greetings,

“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.  

Love and…….

Kirk Out !

 

 

 

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4 Comments
  1. Ramma permalink

    Amen and amen! This is how it’s supposed to be.

  2. Reformed by the Spirit permalink

    I am coming from the perspective of being on church staff as a professional church worship leader, even had “Rev.” (not that titles really mattered to me back then, I just wanted clarity of expectations…that is another story), I have worked on church staff as a youth minister and dealt with all the crap and politics surrounding such things. I have “served” on church worship teams, helped plant a church as the guy who organized the worship music, been asked to teach about worship and helped or organize a worship team for a small church outside of my own city. I have been trained to be a “worship pastor” by someone who is still prominent in “worship circles” in the US. All that said, I am sick and tired of the people who think they are leading and yet keep the people of God from entering into a closer relationship with Him and each other. (think about what was really happening in the temple when Jesus got angry and “cleaned up the place”…people were being kept from approaching God). So…yes, we don’t need all the professional and even “lay” church leadership. We just need to approach God together and seek His face. All the other stuff is just for show and creates a financial hole that is impossible to fill. So, do we fall into the pit and say we are satisfied or so we long for more? I can’t go into a church again….I can’t play the game anymore. Just can’t do it…..

    I am glad that I faced the kind of rejection I have face in my move to the south. Although I was kept from doing what I came down here to do by people who are more hungry for power and control than they are for God, I am now FREE!! (and healing).

    • "BK" permalink

      I am deeply touched, Reformed, by your post and definitely relate. I can testify where there is freedom there IS healing and where there is healing there is ‘completeness in Him’. I am smiling quietly and thankfully. Love, “BK”

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