[bibletalk] Orderly Worship

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From: "Steve Preston" <prstn496@...>
Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2008 06:35:10 -0500
Orderly Worship
(A study of I Cor. 14)

	Among the scriptures in the Bible concerning worship, 
one seems to get ignored by several denominational groups. 
That passage is 1 Corinthians 14:40. In chapter 14, Paul is 
writing the Corinthian brethren about spiritual gifts and 
the worship assembly. The last thing written in that chapter 
is this: "Let all things be done decently and in order." How 
is that verse getting ignored today? In the same fashion that 
caused Paul to write it almost two thousand years ago. 

Apparently, the Corinthians had several spiritual gifts. Some 
had "a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, 
hath an interpretation" (1 Corinthians 14:26). Since there were 
so many different gifts in the church there, people all wanted 
to speak at one time when so moved by the Holy Spirit (note: the 
Spirit does not operate this way today as the time of spiritual 
gifts has ended - see 1 Corinthians 13:10). Notice verse 27 which 
addresses those speaking in tongues: "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." Pay particular attention to the phrase "at that 
by course". Here Paul was instruction the brethren that if they were 
given a tongue, each person so endowed should take turns in speaking. 

Several denominational groups do not adhere to this requirement. Sometimes
an entire congregation of people will be speaking in tongues at the same 
time and no one gets any benefit from it. Now notice verse 30. This time 
the apostle concerns himself with those who would prophesy. He instructs 
that "If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first 
hold his peace." Why should they do it that way? Because then they ".all 
may learn, and all may be comforted" (verse 31). God is a god of order. 

He created the world in a certain order. He ordained the family structure 
to have a certain order. Certainly, the worship to our Father in Heaven 
must also be in order. Does it matter what order it is in; singing first, 
then the preaching, and so on? It does not matter. What matters is that 
one thing is done at a time. What matters is that we worship according to 
the will of God as set forth in His word.

In Christ, Steve Preston