The Perfect Church Service

Have you ever wondered what the perfect church service would look like?  Consider the following words of Paul:

“How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.  If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret.  But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God.  Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge.  But if anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first keep silent.  For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged.  And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.  For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.   Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says.  And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church.   Or did the word of God come originally from you? Or was it you only that it reached?  If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord.  But if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant.  Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues.  Let all things be done decently and in order.” 1 Corinthians 14:26-40, NKJV

In this passage, Paul describes the perfect church service. The key to the order which is portrayed here is first unity in the Spirit, from Whom this perfect and decent edification flows. If only a few churches achieved this kind of unity, we would have the labor pains of sweet revival come to our land.

So, with this in mind, the question now becomes…how and why did we ever stray so far from this model?

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  1. I understand the desire to suppress aimless prattle which any slow witted or uneducated human with a limited vocabulary and awareness can produce (and in Paul’s scribe(s) time, fewer women than men had tge freedom or privilege if the logos, but these days that seems more than a bit short sighted and dismissive even if women are the gentler, fairer sex, some may still have prescient and spirit-inspired offerings to share). Thank you for sharing your insights. I am sure you don’t believe gender is the sole basis for limiting/transmigrating spiritual solace.

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    1. Thanks for the response! While your assumption is correct that I don’t believe gender is the sole basis, I am cautious in which context I apply to Paul’s words here. I’m glad you correctly mention the context of Paul’s time, but many discard this context for that of today. However, in tune with the original intent of my post, my belief is that, if a gathering is supremely led by the Holy Spirit, trivial human suppositions fade away and God’s will for the gathering emerges. These conditions mean that each person, regardless of social status, is filled and led by the Spirit and are perfectly content with their role in this gathering…since the ultimate goal is to glorify Christ supremely. Thanks again for the response. 🙂

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