The Lord’s Pattern for Church Meetings

Jesus commanded His disciples to “Go and make disciples of all nations . . .”  So what can activate the nation-changing power of God?  Are there any discipled nations in the 21st Century?  How can a nation be discipled?

Can the traditional church-service system  of one human voice, heard Sunday after Sunday, in a nation’s church services, change a nation?  There are historical examples of one person’s preaching being used to start a nation changing spiritual movement (Wesley and Whitefield in England for example), however, much of their preaching was done in various outdoor locations (openairs). 

But what about the same person, giving a talk aimed at the mind, Sunday after Sunday, to the same group of people in the same building?  How is that working in any nation in the world?  Is it doing what the early Christians did — turning the world upside down?

Obviously not. 

OR is the world turning the church upside down as the contemporary church seems to be eagerly embracing, sanctioning, and even ordaining the anti-biblical views and methods being promoted by modern-day media and society.

Perhaps the inability of the church to disciple the nations is tied to the ineffectiveness of our humanly organized, programmed, and controlled Sunday-morning, church-service operating system.  What if we adopted the biblical church-meeting pattern?

The pattern is not based on man’s programming and/or control, but on God’s-voice.  It is based on Mary’s command in John 2:5, to do whatever Jesus says.  It is based on I Corinthians 14:26 that says:  “When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.”

Perhaps, in our age of declining church attendance and church influence we should give up what isn’t working and begin to meet according to God’s System.  Perhaps we should put aside our human programming and control and let God direct our church meetings.

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