The main focus of 1 Corinthians 12-14 is how believers conduct themselves in their regular meetings. There are other important truths here about the many-membered Body of Christ and about the centrality of godly love, but the core issue is public meetings.
Some things I see here:
· Paul had in mind relatively small groups of Christ-followers, meeting somewhat informally, to strengthen, encourage, and grow in relationship with Jesus Christ and each other.
· Paul expected the members of the group to participate according to their giftings, but with orderliness and mutual respect.
· Paul expected some aspect of Holy Spirit-prompted spiritual gifts activity to be common in believers’ meetings.
Some things I can learn from Paul’s instructions to the Corinthian church about meetings:
· These chapters have very little to do with the issue of “seeker-sensitivity” or how mega-churches operate. This is primarily about believers’ meetings.
· One pattern of public meeting the church has pretty much universally adopted is the order of Sing, Teach, Share from 1 Corinthians 14:26.
· Mutual submission for the sake of mutual benefit is best. Meetings be conducted in a “proper and orderly manner, for God is not a God of disorder, but of peace.”
Father, Thank you for the practicality of your Word. I want to learn practical today truths from your long-ago words. Guide us in interpretation and application by the same Holy Spirit who inspired the writing of these long-ago but here-and-now truths. Amen.
When You Meet
Reading: 1 Corinthians 14; Psalm 147
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