[bibletalk] Orderly Worship

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From: "Steve Preston" <prstn496@...>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 18:14:47 -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

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