If for many centuries, almost everyone in the world who ate breakfast always had some brand of cereal, we would think it strange if a few people started talking and writing about having pancakes for breakfast. Breakfast cereal eaters might even feel threatened and/or put off by the break in tradition.
For many centuries, almost everyone in the world who has gone to church (except Quakers) has gone to some brand of highly programmed meeting built around a one-man sermon. However, nowadays some people are openly talking and writing about unprogrammed worship where everyday people are allowed to show and tell what God has done as they are prompted by the Holy Spirit. Should traditional church feel uncomfortable about that? No.
–God has used the traditional church format and will continue to use it. But perhaps there is another way of Christians meeting together that God also wants to use. Why should we limit God to just one format for Christian meetings?
–Here’s another example. Cars were the main personal vehicles in use for many years. When SUVs and minivans came out, car drivers didn’t think that SUV/minivan drivers were saying that cars were bad. They just chose to go beyond cars and drive a different vehicle.
–In the 21st Century God is introducing us to a new vehicle for corporate worship. He’s bringing back the New Testament concept of ekklesia based on 1 Corinthians 14:26. The traditional church model will always be around, but God is offering us something fresh and creative.
–Learn more about ekklesia at this link.