I’d Like to Prophesy, But… (Part II – 5)

This is a continuation of the nine-part series,  I’d Like to Prophesy, But…

Click on the following links for earlier articles: Part II-1, Part II-2, Part II – 3 and Part 4.

Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? (Luke 6:46)

The mainstay of today’s traditional church is the sermon based on a text from the Bible, which is usually given by a pastor.

Now, if you did a survey, asking Christians if the sermon was scriptural, ninety-five percent would say, “Yes.”

Then, if you asked a follow-up question of the ninety-five percent who agreed with the validity of the sermon, inquiring where in the Bible the sermon and its importance were located, you would receive blank stares. And maybe a few might say, “Man, because just because, and it’s always been done this way!”

Well, has it always been done this way? The answer is emphatically “NO”.

The early church had no Bibles. Yes, it’s true that letters were written by Paul and other apostles, but these came into existence thirty or forty years after the first Pentecost. And actually, the letters answered questions and settled problems that the churches were struggling with at the time.

So, what did the early Christians do when they assembled together?

They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2: 42)

On the first day of the week, when we gathered together to break bread, Paul began talking to them… (Acts 20:7)

So, then brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. (1 Corinthians 11: 33)

The early church’s centerpiece for their meetings was not the sermon, but rather a meal, which they called the Lord’s Supper. The believers gathered around tables.

And what else did the early believers do?

What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. (1 Corinthians 14:26)

For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all may be exhorted. (1 Corinthians 14: 31)

And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another… (Hebrews 11: 24 – 25)

Early believers came to church meetings to give, rather than just sit on a pew like bumps on a log, and receive a sermon from a professionally trained clergyman.

And what was one of the most important questions asked of new believers?

(Continued in Part 6)

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11 responses to “I’d Like to Prophesy, But… (Part II – 5)

  1. Very revealing, Larry. You’ve got me listening and learning. Thank you!

  2. Debbie,

    Thanks for your comment.

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  4. I would add that although there was little access for individuals to have copies of scripture that, at least for the first 100 or so years they would go to synagogues to here Torah read each sabbath.

    James addressing the other Apostles here:
    Acts 15:18 `Known from the ages to God are all His works;
    19 wherefore I judge: not to trouble those who from the nations do turn back to God,
    20 but to write to them to abstain from the pollutions of the idols, and the whoredom, and the strangled thing; and the blood;
    21 for Moses from former generations in every city hath those preaching him–in the synagogues every sabbath being read.’
    Acts 15:18-21 (YLT)
    So while I agree that there were not, probably, sermons they were not ignorant of scripture. They would have had discussions around the table about the Torah portion for that week and how it applied to them as believers in their day.

    BTW the reference to gathering on the first day has nothing to do with Sunday. The Jews and most early believers would have been meeting on Sabbath or our Saturday. It was customary at sundown to gather for prayer and fellowship before the work week started the following morning. In the Hebrew mind sundown on our Saturday is the beginning of the first day or our Sunday.

  5. Sorry about some of my spelling. I am so used to spell check I sometimes forget to proof read myself.

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