Monday, April 10, 2006

The "Open" Prayer Meeting

Note from Phil ~ Apply this message to your weeknight and smalll group prayer times ... Offers a radical approach that will turn them into true Prayer Adventures!

The Open Church

"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." 1Cor. 14:26

Christianity has followed its standard worship format for centuries. Services usually last from one to two hours and contain these basic elements . . .

Week after week, churchgoers repeat the same things, the same way, and have become almost sinfully complacent . . .

Did you realize that during the time of Christ the Hebraic style of church meeting found full expression? Topics were openly discussed, and the preaching and teaching methods encouraged questions during the message. Paul told the Corinthians to each bring a song, a teaching, or a revelation. The meetings were intended to bring worship to the Lord and to stimulate personal growth and mutual edification. Church members could pray for one another and practice the use of their spiritual gifts. You would come to church prepared to share something with the others.

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