Acts + Letters Lesson 23 Day 5

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1 Corinthians 12–14 Continued

“Paul sees the gathering of the church as a time when people come to participate and to give to one another, not merely passively receive.” (EnduringWord)

Old Covenant Assemblies

Under the Old Covenant, the law instructed the Israelites to assemble before the Lord at the tabernacle a few times each year—Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Booths (Tabernacles or Ingathering). (Leviticus 23)

Each family observed the Sabbath rest every week in their dwelling. (Leviticus 23:3)

Modern Assemblies

Most traditional Sunday morning assemblies don’t lend themselves to allowing each body member to operate in their gift under the leading of the Holy Spirit.

The trend toward small group meetings in homes where we eat together, get to know each other, share testimonies, a song, a revelation from scripture, and pray for each other as the Holy Spirit leads does lend itself to operating in our gifts.

In my experience, this operates best in small gatherings seated around tables or in a circle with an overseer/facilitator who ensures the group remains focused on Jesus (as needed) and encourages each person to take part in an orderly way.

14. Gathered worship and the role of spiritual gifts

Jesus said, “And I tell you once more that if two of you on earth agree in asking for anything, it will be granted to you by my Heavenly Father. For wherever two or three people come together in my name, I am there, right among you!” (Matthew 18:20)

Paul’s goal in a gathering is to see everyone encouraged, uplifted, building genuine love relationships, discipled, comforted and equipped to mature and grow in their gifts and callings.

The BSF small groups provide an excellent model, especially if enough time is allowed.

15.  Decently and in order

“Remember that people who prophesy are in control of their spirit and can take turns. For God is not a God of disorder but of peace, as in all the meetings of God’s holy people.” (1 Corinthians 14:32-33 NLT)

The goal of spiritual gifts in a group setting is mutual benefit, so they must speak one at a time.

Paul gave some guidelines and restrictions about the gift of tongues in a gathering, but in summary he said, “don’t forbid speaking with other languages. Let all things be done decently and in order.” (1 Corinthians 14:39-40)

16. Personal Contributions

In recent years, my contributions take place outside the corporate setting. Almost daily, the Spirit prompts me to send someone an encouraging note or message.


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