Too often church services are like a string of Christmas tree lights with only one bulb burning, which our 21st Century interactive, participatory culture often finds boring. (That may be why so many people are “Dones” — done with church.)
However, when God’s people gather together, He wants the meeting to be brilliant–with every bulb burning!
This in not just my idea. God came up with it and put it in the Bible: “When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation . . .” It is in 1 Corinthians 14:26.
Each person sharing when God’s people meet for worship (every bulb burning) is such a simple yet powerful concept. Why is this clear command from Scripture commonly ignored by almost every church on earth? We say we believe the Bible and yet we ignore 1 Corinthians 14:26 and then do just the opposite by programming church meetings so that only one man is allowed to speak. Perhaps we should get back to the Bible and Christ’s ekklesia! “On this rock, I will build My ekklesia.” –Jesus in Matthew 16:18.
If you are ever in Nashville during the Christmas season, go to Opryland Hotel and see their Christmas Lights! All their lights are shinning brightly, not just one. Perhaps it is time for church to let all the lights shine and show and tell what God has done!