We have a glut of “us 4 and no more“, Churches. (I am speaking of Churches with 30 or so active members, that cannot seem to grow).
Is there a reason, a problem, a Biblical Solution?
Absolutely: The Lords will is:
“That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.”
We need to be of one mind. This has nothing to do with the corporate world, and everything to do with the Spiritual.
We will never agree on the color of the carpet, the Praise songs we sing, the style of preaching our Pastor may employ, the time and order of Service.
Or anything else in this world.
“We must have one mind to Serve, Love and Obey the Lord.”
That is what is important.
We have devolved into an order of Service that is focused on a Worship Leader and a Preacher.
This is great to teach the believers, but death to real growth. We have instituted a closed system.
We all have a way we look at the Word, understand the Word, explain the Word. We must let other parts of the body to speak.
With no source of new Revelation, death is soon to follow.
(See the Catholic, Baptist, Episcopal, Methodist, all people that love God, but without a Billy Graham, or a motivational speaker, not much growth).
Most of us do not have Billy’s Annointing, or the skill to lead the multitudes.
So what is the Biblical Answer?
“God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
covet earnestly the best gifts:”
The Church is not just Worship and Preaching.
Is your Sunday and weekday Service open for the Apostle, Prophet, Teacher to share?
Is there room for workers of miracles? Do you anoint the sick with oil, pray corporately for healing?
Are your people who do everything willing to let others help and into the club? (There is too much, “That’s my job.)”
People want to help, physically, spiritually, financially. We must give them the opportunity.
Our government in the Church, should only guide to Jesus… POINT TO THE SPIRITUAL, the Lord promised He would take care of the rest.
Our facility upkeep is important but second to Spiritual upkeep and growth.
Yes, I am sorry, but diversities of tongues is included. (Check my old posts for information on this).
I do not know why this next one is hard to understand?
“Covet earnestly the best gifts:”
What is the BEST GIFTS? HOW DO I KNOW?
The best gift is the one needed right now. That is what the Lord wants to give us. A good and perfect gift, that comes down from above.
So how do we allow the Lord to GROW HIS CHURCH?
“Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.
If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.
But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.
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 churches of the saints.What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?
If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.
Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
Let all things be done decently and in order.”
The Worship Leader and Pastor are not the only ones the Lord speaks to.
In the Old Testament, we have a servant girl informing Nathan of the miracle ministry of Elijah.
God will cause His Praise to come forth from stones if we keep silence. This does not have to be messy.
Our order of Service. You will not find it in the Word.
Our insistence of Music. The Lord would have us sing songs and hymns and spiritual songs.
Our reliance on the Worship Leader. We must learn to Worship ourselves, learn to enter the Holy of Holies to find mercy and grace in our time of need.
Our reliance on the Pastor for our Spiritual Food. If you need to be fed, you haven’t progressed to the meat of His Word. Learn to feed yourself.
We all have the opportunity, the ability, and the responsibility to draw close to Him.
If we would, He promised to draw close to us.
Let Gods people, seek Him and share His Revelation knowledge one with another.