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Scripture… As We Live It #28

Posted by on Nov 16, 2008 in as we live it, scripture | 7 comments

Here is the 28th installment of “Scripture… As We Live It“:

Let two or three prophets speak 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)


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  1. 11-16-2008

    Man, you are ruining my life.

  2. 11-16-2008

    Boy, this really says it all. How far we have fallen (though there are expressions of the faith who embrace this — some Vineyard churches come to mind) from the church’s original design and fellowship. Thanks for sharing this Alan.

    A Mending Shift

  3. 11-16-2008

    This is why I love that Dirt and I have put aside what makes all of what is in this verse and upheld in others pretty much impossible. The other day at a funeral I thought I missed big church, singing praises to God with a “worship team” leading the way. And then on Friday when a group of us were gathered in our tiny living room and we shared back and forth incredible things that the Holy Spirit was showing us, taking us through, teaching us. Some of us sharing struggles, things that we weren’t sure about and the rest of helping us through it scripturally. All that doesn’t happen in “home groups” of brick and mortar churches, I know we used to do them along with “worship team” lead worship. I am glad that now Dirt and I don’t have to change this piece of Scripture to have “Scripture as we live it” I am glad that God has taken us through to this.

  4. 11-16-2008

    Where do you get these from? Real life and personal experience from the past?

  5. 11-16-2008

    Scott,

    Join the club. :)

    Jeromy,

    There are some churches who are attempting to move back to the kind of meeting that Paul describes in 1 Cor 14.

    Lanny,

    Yes, sometimes I think I miss some aspects of a big church too. It would be so easy to come into a large auditorium, filled with people I don’t know, sing songs that I like, listen to an entertaining speaker, and go back home. All of that stuff is fun… its not found in Scripture and I don’t think it helps a believer to grow in Christ… but its fun.

    Andy,

    Real life experiences… and also what I’ve been taught in various contexts.

    -Alan

  6. 11-26-2008

    Alan,
    I often appreciate your “Scripture… As We Live It” series, and #28 especially hit home with me. Thank you for that. I have a question (perhaps somewhat unrelated). How does one approach a brother or sister who either predominates the sharing time or repeats/ rehashes the same thing every week? Even if in love you tell someone they’re over-stepping others, it rarely seems to rarely play well. Earlier this year I spoke with a Calvary Chapel pastor who departed from the mutual edification model because of the repeat/ rehash thing. While I don’t think he was justified in doing so, I can understand his point. In short, How does one tell a selfish person to participate less without discouraging them? No one likes to “bell the cat,” and I suspect many Christians either say nothing to confront the person, or just stop coming to meetings altogether. In fact, I wonder if today’s church format (of the one-man show) isn’t partially the result of Christians taking the lazy man’s way out in order to avoid these kind of tense situations. Thanks in advance for your reply.

  7. 11-26-2008

    Daniel,

    The answer to your question is that you deal with them with patience, grace, and love. Plus, you actually care about them and listen to them. As you said, we’re often lazy and look for the expedient solution. Unfortunately, expedience usually leads to immature believers, not mature believers.

    -Alan