Identity - Week 27
Throughout the world, the gathering of the saints of God, for public worship, reveals unbelievable uniformity. This is one reason why a Christian from the United States can find herself in authentic fellowship with other worshipers of Christ, even in the farthest reaches of the earth. It is not that public worship looks the same, sounds the same or even smells the same, but rather that the underlying principles for orderly public worship are upheld and celebrated wherever growing believers are found. Today, in 1 Corinthians 14:26-40, we will examine these principles deeper and find that when Christians publicly gather for worship, they strengthen each other, they instruct each other, they encourage each other, they reflect God's created order together and they mutually submit to the authority of the scriptures. These principles have distinguished the public gathering of the saints from the time of the Apostles until now. They are timeless and they glorify God. Today, I look forward to celebrating them with you!
- Jim Capaldo