Here is a wonderful experiment any church can try: Take just one Sunday and instead of having preaching, have an open mic service. Let anybody present share what God puts on their heart. If you have never experienced an open mic church service, you don’t know what you’re missing. Why not ask your pastor to have an open mic Sunday and see for yourself what amazing things God will do through ordinary people?
How can we individual Christians ever get the courage to communicate compellingly about Christ to our culture if we aren’t allowed to freely communicate about Christ in church meetings?
“And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.” 1 Corinthians 14:31-32
When the parts of a body are unable to function, the body is paralyzed and immobile and no longer living up to its potential and design. However, when every member is free to function in obedience to the head, the body thrives. The church is “the body of Christ.” To live up to our potential and design, we need every member to function in obedience to Christ our Head. When we meet together, we need to function together as a body rather than depending on one or two leaders to do it all while the rest of us sit and watch.
Here’s an interesting church history fact: The Protestant Reformation declared the “priesthood of all believers” and then immediately set up a church structure where only one person gets to exercise his calling during church meetings.
The greatest need for the church in the 21st Century is to “Prepare the way of the Lord.” We need to remove the things that we have put in God’s way — ego, tradition, human control, programs, manipulation, disobedience, etc. We need to clear a path for God. We need to make room for Him to move freely in our meetings and in our lives; and then step aside in surrender to His Presence, His control, and His agenda.
If the Holy Spirit took over a church service (like He did at Pentecost) would we let Him have it and do what He wants with it? Or would we take it back and get it back on track with our programmed “order of worship”?