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How Then Should We Meet?

August 8, 2015

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 40 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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6 Comments
  1. Marc Winter permalink

    I see how God loves us individually, when meeting, this love is part of our participation. Everyone is important, an Everyone has an opportunity to grow by their participation.

  2. Ramma permalink

    The joy, gratification of knowing you just experienced true genuine fellowship is amazing. Christ is fellowship. It happens in all different forms. The other day it was a 3 hour phone call from an acquaintance via Facebook. The next day it was conversation via private message. The past week it’s been via relatives visiting. Christ is everywhere. We need to stop boxing Him in and “go with the flow, ya know?”. It’s so rewarding! Blessings

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    “So why do 99% of “churches” follow a pattern similar to this?”

    “Where EVERYONE gets to share and EVERYONE may be instructed and encouraged.”

    I could not put my finger on this for over 25 years, until the Lord dropped in the needed insight at my 98 year-old great-aunt’s funeral. Then I could finally write the book “Twos and Threes” which includes the “Historic Shift” chapter that shows where the current pattern of church came from.

    As I’ve been reflecting on the book (which is a fairly quick read that I’ve read a number of times since writing it), it has come clear to me that the criteria you list, Chris, is the Biblical one:

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    In other words, instead of looking at the form of church being done, if instead the question is asked, “Was it mutually encouraging?” Then that eliminates many forms. And the knowledge transfer in growing friendships seems like a good secondary test that eliminates more forms of gathering.

    If interested in details… https://sites.google.com/site/twosandthreesbook/

    In Him,

    Scott

  4. “So why do 99% of “churches” follow a pattern similar to this?”

    I could not put my finger on this for over 25 years, until the Lord dropped in the needed insight at my 98 year-old great-aunt’s funeral. Then I could finally write the book “Twos and Threes” which includes the “Historic Shift” chapter that shows where the current pattern of church came from.

    As I’ve been reflecting on the book (which is a fairly quick read that I’ve read a number of times since writing it), it has come clear to me that the criteria you list, Chris, is the Biblical one:

    “Where EVERYONE gets to share and EVERYONE may be instructed and encouraged.”

    In other words, instead of looking at the form of church being done, if instead the question is asked, “Was it mutually encouraging?” Then that eliminates many forms. And the knowledge transfer in growing friendships seems like a good secondary test that eliminates more forms of gathering.

    If interested in details… https://sites.google.com/site/twosandthreesbook/

    In Him,

    Scott

    • Ramma permalink

      Scott, I’m enjoying your writings. It’s taking me a little bit to get through them. Very refreshing and full of love. God bless all that you do to encourage and spread God’s love.

      • Wow, Ramma, what an encouragement! Thank you so much for your encouraging words! I’m glad that you are finding what the Lord has given us to write to be so refreshing to you! (And full of love also!). So, thanks again and I hope Jesus continues to bless you through what you read… and also in all of your life! PS If you want to know more about us here is our bio including how Jesus rescued me from 20 years of my atheistic upbringing: http://www.scottrbrooks.com/Bio.htm … And also here is the contact tab if you ever want to email us: http://www.scottrbrooks.com/Contact.htm

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