Order in the Church

1 Corinthians 14 is a great text full of guidance from Paul and all on how to do church. This text has been used to make arguments about speaking in tongues, prophecy and allowing women roles in the church. But the context of this portion of Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth is all about order.

Paul establishes early in church history the importance for order when Christians are gathered. Gatherings are to be a time of prayer, teaching and edification of the saints. All too often in the modern church we neglect what Paul is saying in this text.

All of the prohibitions or authorizations found in this chapter of 1 Corinthians are given in light of orderly worship and normality in gatherings. Paul does not condemn the occasional shift in what believers do, but he puts strict guides in place.

How can we work to establish and maintain order in worship? It is tough in a culture that calls for the divergent and exciting. But we must be about order in our gatherings. I might even go out on a limb and suggest that according to Paul the modern craze of Q&A sessions is discouraged…

In verse 33 Paul tells us that “God is not a God of confusion but of peace.” Let us be about peace in our gatherings.

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