Monday, March 29, 2010

Implying Preparation

"How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification." I Corinthians 14:26

The above verse is extremely important for understanding the gathering of the early church. Paul tells us that many people were actively involved in what was happening. Instead of only a few people being active, which is what we see today, this verse suggests that basically everyone (notice the word "each") was involved.

This tells me that the early church prepared for their gatherings.

I'm not suggesting that they prepared something specific to say. What I am saying is that they prepared themselves to be ready to be involved. They may have prepared in advance (for example a teaching), or they may have simply been ready for the Holy Spirit to tell them what to say as they gathered.

The point is that the early church seems to have arrived at their place of meeting with a plan for group involvement. Each person was prepared to speak in one way or another. Each was prepared to follow the Holy Spirit in exercising his or her spiritual gifts. As they headed into the gathering, they may have had no idea as to what they were going to say. They were, however, ready to speak.

They knew that what they said had to be edifying. Paul makes this clear.

They knew they would be involved. They were prepared to speak.

We can learn a lot from this. Far too often today many people arrive at the church gathering ready to listen. This is fine - listening is good. However, if we are going to follow the model set forth for us in scripture, we will also come ready to speak.

Let's be prepared.


Alan Knox said...


Yes, I think you're right. Hebrews 10:24-25 indicates a type of preparation as well. In this case, the preparation comes through thinking about (considering) the others that will be at the meeting and what will provoke them towards love and good works. Just knowing the Scriptures or knowing theology is not enough. We also must know one another.


Eric said...


You are right. We can't possibly minister to one another without knowing one another. That points to the importance of hospitality.

Jeffrey said...

So, What action will this lead each of you to?


Eric said...


I think the key is to be both spiritually and mentally prepared for the church gathering. It does not mean that content is prepared, but rather that we are prepared to respond to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

As for hospitality, it means simply spending time with church family in particular. Much of this can be informal, getting-to-know each other activity.

Alan Knox said...

I usually spend time with people throughout the week. Knowing the brothers and sisters that I'll be gathering with (both on Sunday and other times) helps me know how to help these people in their life. In the same way, I must be open to their exhortation in my own life.

So, I must be prepared by getting know people, by reading and meditating on Scripture, and by being humble enough to admit that I need help as well.


Eric said...


Thanks for your transparency. Of the three things you have mentioned, I find the second to be the easiest and the third to be the most difficult. Admitting the need for help is not easy. I guess that nasty thing called pride gets in my way.