WHEN YOU COME TOGETHER…

Paul gives us a picture of what worship looked like in New Testament house churches. He writes (I Cor. 14:26):

WHEN YOU COME TOGETHER…
God’s people had been gathering for centuries, first at the tabernacle, then the temple. When it was destroyed, they had no central gathering place, so they met in synagogues, which literally means “assembly.” The early church gathered first at the temple. As it spread throughout the Empire, Christians met in homes.

Paul admonished them (and us) to “not neglect to meet together” (Heb. 10:25). In other words, you don’t need to wake up on Sunday and say, “Shall I go to church today?” I found that out as a sophomore in high school when I asked my dad if I could go to Johnny’s house. He said, “Yes.” Later he asked me how church was. I said, “I went over to Johnny’s, so I didn’t go to church.” He never raised his voice with me–ever! But he made it clear that the people of God (including the Andersons) met together on Sundays. How about you? What is the greatest pull to keep you from gathering? Deal with it. Might not be wise to get up Monday asking, “Shall I go to work today?”

EACH ONE…
Hard for this to happen with two hundred. Works with twenty. Sounds like you come to give. Guess what? You get. Maybe not the usual way to go to church. If we don’t get what we needed, it’s okay because eighteen others did. We are not consumers or spectators; we are participants. “Each one” includes me–and you.

A HYMN…
Is there a song that fits what God is saying today? Sing it. This small group meeting doesn’t mean that we don’t worship. Just means that we don’t need a band. Do need a heart of worship. Let it happen in your heart and in the home.

A LESSON…
Did God teach you something this week about overcoming discouragement? Disciplining your child? A right attitude at work? Somebody needs your testimony. Two minutes worth will do, and attach it to a Scripture. Someone will be thanking God at lunch for your word (rather than having roast preacher).

A REVELATION…
We are listening to one another–and to the Holy Spirit. He will give us words to edify, exhort, and comfort. Keep your ears open. It might make their day–or their month! “For you can all prophesy…”

A TONGUE OR AN INTERPRETATION.
Needs to happen more among God’s people. The gift of tongues is underrated and underused. Speak and sing together in tongues, then be open to a tongue that will be interpreted. It becomes like a prophetic word. Bingo!

LET ALL THINGS BE DONE FOR EDIFICATION.
This is not about me; it is about us. What if we all came to give? We’d all win! Hey, cool way to do church.

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