Can we look at the primitive church from the seats of our current space and time? If we are serious about looking to the way the church should be, according to Scripture, is not difficult to find, as a matter of fact, is in plane site. Acts 2:42 is a window to inside of the small living rooms where the primitive church took place
Four Devotions Every Believer Should Follow
And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Acts 2:42 (ESV)
This is the Modus operandi of the church. When we gather as a church, we exercise our four devotions: 1) devotions to the original apostles’ teachings, 2) devotion to the fellowship of the believers, 3) devotion of the breaking of bread together and 4) devotion to praying together. The Bible does not only let us look through a window. The Bible also opens the door and let us look inside. In First Corinthians 14 the Apostle Paul himself opens the door for us.
5 Characteristics of the Order of Service in the Primitive Church
- Paul tells us, “Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts…” (I Cor. 14:1)
- These gifts are for the edification of the church. “So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.” I Cor. 14:12 (ESV)
- Speaking in tongues is biblical, nothing wrong with speaking in tongues, but Paul encourages the church to utilize the gifts that are helpful for the edification of the church. Speaking in tongues is good for our own edification. (I Cor. 14:13-21)
- One very important key for the primitive church was that it could not operate without the participation of the saints. God uses people; the gifts of the Holy Ghost are manifested through people. First Corinthians 14:26-31 tells us,
What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. 27 If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let someone interpret. 28 But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God. 29 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said. 30 If a revelation is made to another sitting there, let the first be silent.31 For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged, (ESV)
Compare these Scriptures with the average service in any church today. The “show” is run by, essentially, two people, the Pastor and the Worship Leader.
5. The primitive church had order. Flowing with the Holy Ghost is not synonymous with disorder. (I Cor.