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Brief Thoughts: The Apostolic Church?

“When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation.” (1 Cor. 14:26)

 “Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others pass judgment…For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all may be exhorted.” (1 Cor. 14:29-32)

When we come together as a church, God does not intend for it to be an assembly of the “have’s and have-not’s.” The apostolic model of an assembly was not professionals up on stage forever performing for the ignorant and unlearned. It was everyone involved bringing something the Spirit had imparted to him, to share it with the assembly. This accomplishes two purposes: first, that others might be edified and exhorted, for Paul instructed that all things in the body be done for edification. Second, and perhaps most importantly, each is to bring something so the bringer is challenged to grow and mature in his understanding and ability to share both the Logos [general knowledge] and the Rhema [revelation or utterance] God has given us for our instruction.

One of the words used in the Greek for teaching is “dialegomai,” which means to discuss thoroughly, preach, debate, and reason together. When God’s people came together as a body, it was not so the learned with the seminary certificates could consistently teach those without them, it was for dialogue, sharing knowledge and revelation, discussion and debate over the Scriptures. This is one of the reasons there are so many converts to be found in today’s temples, yet so few maturing on to discipleship. The have’s never challenge the have-not’s to replace them behind the podium, and to rise up and be like them. Disciples find others of their kind to discuss and debate the things of God. They are never satisfied with being perennial sheep when they know the Spirit is calling them to “press on to the goal for the prize of the [forever] upward calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14).

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