Saturday, February 26, 2011

What Should the Church Look Like-Part 2: The No Commentary Church

There is a post on this site called "What should the church look like?" This is an extension to that post. When believers are gathered together in the Lord's name, they absolutely can and should praise His name. They should rejoice and thank the Lord for all that He has done. We enter His gates with praise.....

When the worship has finished, the Word of God should be commentary by man is needed or desired. What could man possible add to what God has said? The only thing that man can do is take away from, make of less value the things that the Lord has already said. Different believers can do the reading. All can read the Word of God aloud in their turn. That's it. There's your "church service" (if you must have one) and what did it consist of? Praise, glory, thanksgiving, rejoicing, all focused on the Lord. Then the reading of God's Word, which again puts the focus on the Lord. Man's words are not needed and should not be desired. Death to the glory of man, and praise be to the glory of the Most High God....

Some people may say "well what if I do not understand what has been read?" Then you can ask the Lord and wait on Him. Isn't that what we are supposed to be doing anyway? Do you really think some other man can teach you better than the Spirit of God Himself? No man can teach you the Word of God better than Jesus Himself can teach you. You were promised that indeed He would teach you, but you have to be patient.

John 14:26

But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach
you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

You have to really, really want to know the truth. Time is a test. We are tested by what we hold onto and what we let go of over time. When you have passed the test of time, the Lord will give you the understanding you seek. Sometimes the answers come quickly sometimes they don't according to the Lord's will and understanding in each individual case.

How can you possibly improve on that ^^^? That ^^ is a completely Jesus centered experience. No pastorCEOGurupriest (your "pastors") get to steal any of the attention or glory away from the only One worthy of it: Jesus Christ our Lord.

I was going to wait to post this but the Lord was insistent that this be posted now, so here it is.

To the Lord Almighty, full of grace and mercy, be the glory and praise and splendor and riches and power. Forever and ever, Amen.

grace and peace