Scriptures about church… as we live them #2

Alan Knox runs a great website called The Assembling of the Church which touches on many of the issues tackled in the book Pagan Christianity that we are discussing from a different angle. One series that he does is called “Scripture… as we live it”, and I think it’s a great concept. Here is another example of how Alan thinks we live Scripture today:

Let two or three prophets the pastor or someone he designates speak, and let the others weigh learn from what is said. If a revelation is made to another sitting there, let the first that person be silent. For you can all prophesy one by one one pastor can speak per week, so that all may learn and all be encouraged, and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets the desires and plans of the pastors.
(1 Corinthians 14:29-32 re-mix)

Do you think we are living out this Scripture more according to the remix than the original?


5 thoughts on “Scriptures about church… as we live them #2

  1. This does seem to be the case in many churches but especially in Baptist-like gatherings, just as krislyle has mentioned previously. However, I recently felt a huge sense of relief when visiting a local church as a prophetic song and exhortation were shared by congregants and neither of the two had been planned or scheduled into the Sunday morning programme. It is so encouraging to be in a meeting where God is manifestly present or interested in the proceedings. Alan Knox hits the nail on the head every time but this kind of critique is applicable to many churches but definitely not all of them – hallelujah! 🙂

    • Its great when church meetings move closer to what the Lord has preserved for us in Scripture. On the other hand, perhaps there is still some moving to – from having a few short unscheduled contributions during the end of the worship session, to these types of contributions becoming more central to the overall emphasis of the meeting. Don’t you think that would be closer to the instructions Paul gave the church in 1 Corinthians 14?

      • When thinking about these kinds of contributions being central, I don’t think we should worry about the form that God brings His direction into our church services. It is encouraging to be in a service where you realise that you are worshiping and serving a living Being, a personal God who thinks, feels, speaks and acts. He may use Scripture to direct some of His children, exhortation for others and prophesy for another group. I think our focus should be on WHAT He is saying through the contributions i.e. I don’t think these contributions should be central for being central’s sake though otherwise I think we are still missing the wood for the trees. Have I understood your question correctly?

  2. The idea of people being free to share what the Lord lays on their hearts is good but i feel allowing people to speak should be restricted only to some meetings. Some churches that i have attended ( a specific church) which have Holy Communion every Sunday allows people to share and contribute during the breaking of bread. This is helpful knowing that onlly believers or those who in fellowship attend the breaking of bread session. Leaving people to share in the main sunday worship service may be catastrophic, some people may share heresy. Even in the churches were they allow people to share, its not everyone who is allowed to share, they often have internal regulation.

    • Do you think it is catastrophic for someone to share heresy in a meeting? My understanding is that this was a constant reality in the early church and that the solution proposed by apostles was for the congregation to test whatever is said AFTER it was said. In other words, allowing for the possibility of someone sharing something wrong, as long as there were elders who could regulate and correct so that the whole congregation can learn from it. We could call it ‘correctional teaching’ 😉

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