freedom and order

May 2016 (23)

1 Corinthians 14:26-28

1Co 14:26 What is it to be, then, brothers? Whenever you come together, each one of you has a psalm to sing, has a lesson to teach, has a mystery to reveal, has a message in another language, has an translation. All these things must be done for building up.
1Co 14:27 If someone speaks in another language, limit it to only two or at most three, and each in turn, and one must translate.
1Co 14:28 But if there is no translator, he must be silent within the assembly, but he must speak to himself and to God.

freedom and order

What Paul is describing is the perfect combination in a worship service. There is freedom for the Holy Spirit to inspire anyone and for anyone to share what the Spirit has given. But there is order, limits, maturity. It is a service designed to eliminate confusion and prevent disharmony and control of the service by the louder or more dominant group. In Corinth there was not one preacher per pulpit. There was freedom there, and the freedom was a good thing — as long as it did not get out of control.

LORD, grant us freedom in our worship, and the wisdom to follow Paul’s advice and keep it ortderly.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a Christian missionary and church elder.
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