All the people in a church service can speak (according to the Bible): “You can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.” (1 Corinthians 14:31). So where did the idea of only one person speaking in church (the same person week after week) come from?
“We have gotten into the habit of letting preachers talk to us without giving them any attention because we assume that most of the things they say aren’t worth attention.” –W.E.B. DuBois. However, when ordinary people share heart-felt testimonies, Scriptures, gifts of the Spirit, and words of encouragement; the power of God grabs your attention and inspires your soul!
When a church service is conducted so smoothly that there is absolutely no need for God to do anything at all in the meeting; people miss the life-changing experience of watching the living God, Himself, work with and direct a group of people.
When church services involve hearing idle knowledge, with no time in the meeting to do and talk about the stuff that has been taught, people will become bored with God. They won’t grow into the spiritual giants that God wants them to be. So, perhaps a church service should be a showcase of Holy Spirit activity; rather than an audience for a human performance
The people involved in the early days of The Salvation Army were spiritual giants because they were able to get involved in church meetings through sharing and testimony and ministry to one another. Then they went to the streets to continue what God was doing in the meetings.
The goal of The Salvation Army Berry Street in Nashville, Tennessee is to re-discover the glory days of The Salvation Army by setting church up around ordinary people showing and telling what God has done, rather than around a one-man sermon. Come and see the amazing things God does when people are free to share from their heart — Sunday mornings at 10:45, 225 Berry St., 37207.