Every Person a Minister When We Gather

Hmm – a challenge for all of us

An excerpt from the Simple/House Church Revolution book:

The reason that simple, Spirit-led gatherings could take place anytime and anywhere was because the early church completely understood the concept of every-person-ministry. This goes to the very heart of God’s church: every person filled by the Spirit of God, every person part of the priesthood of all believers, and every person essential to the expression of Christ on earth.

Gatherings reflected this reality: “When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation (1 Corinthians 14:26).” This is not just a suggested model for church gatherings; this is highlighting the reality that Christ can only be most fully expressed through the participation of every person.

Frank Viola says it well: “The Lord Jesus cannot fully disclose Himself through only one member. He is far too rich. In fact, His riches are inexhaustible (Ephesians 3:8)! When every member of the Body functions in the meeting, Christ is seen. He is assembled in our midst.”

Because the early church walked in the reality of every-person-ministry, it was easy for gatherings to take place naturally, organically, and wherever believers could easily gather. They understood these premises:

  • When Jesus-followers get together, Jesus is in their midst.
  • When Jesus-followers get together, everyone ministers one to another through the spiritual gifts that are given to each one.
  • When Jesus-followers get together, the Spirit of God, who is in the midst of the gathering, will lead.

With this understanding, gatherings can take place simply, powerfully, any time, anywhere, with whoever is able to gather.

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