There are so many questions I have about how to be the church and what our gatherings should look like as the church, but I feel like this one principle is pretty crucial: Everyone should be involved in the gathering. It seems that when we look at the New Testament examples we see this idea that everyone is involved. Paul tells the Corinithians:
“How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.” – 1Cr 14:26 NKJV emphasis added
It seems pretty clearly biblical that we all be involved when we gather, and I think that it is also very helpful. The Spirit can use the gifts of everyone when everyone participates. The more people involved the more people the Spirit uses. It seems logical to me then that the more people involved the better!
Another benefit of everyone being involved is that everyone is able to grow in their spiritual gifts. It also encourages people to think more about their spiritual life: Has God done something in my life recently? Am I learning or growing in a particular area right now? Have I read something in the scripture recently that encouraged me or taught me something new? By asking these questions we think even more about our faith which can help us grow and see where we are struggling.
I think the list of benefits could go on and on.
I do have a few questions regarding this topic:
- Is the expectation that EVERYONE should share EVERY TIME the church is gathered or just that there should be opportunity for everyone to share?
- What if someone says something that is not true or unbiblical? Should there be open discussion on this? Should it be ignored? How should it be dealt with?
- Do you know of some other benefits to everyone being involved that I haven’t mentioned?