I love this! Today I was just thinking these same things about how churches are so stinkin’ concerned with structure, structure, structure, that it leaves no room for impromptu discussions during services, or new and fresh ideas being tried during services or worship time. It’s extremely frustrating. Every church you walk into now is all about, no, no, no, we are set in our ways and don’t try to change anything because this is how it’s done and we like it this way….. Irks me to death!!
I think it’s time somebody came to the defense of the church in Corinth. Okay, so they’re all dead now. But they live on in two of Paul’s letters for all the world to see. I think Corinth, arguably Paul’s worst church, may be our best model for church today. Better than Purpose-driven, Willow Creek, or any of the other models out there. Here’s why:
- They were brand-new believers. Talk about a church planter’s dream. This was a church of new Christians. Not a transfer member among them. Newbies, to use the jargon. No preconceived ideas, no “we-did-it-this-way-at-my-other-church” notions, fresh as the new-mown hay.
- They participated. Okay, so maybe they participated a little too exuberantly, but they all wanted to contribute to worship. They all had a prophecy, a word of knowledge, a tongue, a revelation, or an interpretation. They obviously did not have an “order” of worship, but as…
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