In my previous post (“Church Activities“), I briefly stated that mutuality is necessary for maturity.
The church as we see portrayed in the Scriptures is a place for Christians to come together to minister to and be ministered to. It is a place of participation and mutuality without hierarchy and where Christians can edify, pray, sing, teach, exhort and admonish one another. That phrase â€œone anotherâ€ appears so often in Scripture but practically speaking we see the church as â€œone and all the othersâ€. How have we perverted the very vehicle designed to provide â€œone anotheringâ€ and mutuality into a barrier to Christians ministering to one another?
It’s really sad. We’ve turned a time of mutual talking and listening and teaching and serving and caring into a time of one person talking and everyone else listening.
In Scripture, maturity in Christ comes through every part of the church speaking and serving one another. It doesn’t matter how great your hermeneutics or oratory skills: if you are the only person speaking, then the church is not maturing.