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Pastor Christopher Brock

April 27, 2024

1 Corinthians 14:26, New Living Translation

“Well, my brothers and sisters, let’s summarize. When you meet together, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in tongues, and another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must strengthen all of you.”

The Lord can speak to us and work through us all the time. No matter where we are, or what we are doing, if we listen to His voice, we will find that He is talking. This same truth also exists when the brethren are gathered together. When we come together as brothers and sisters in Christ to worship, teach, learn, and have fellowship, the Holy Spirit is also with us. Yet how many believers go into a church service or a Bible study expecting to see the Holy Spirit at work?


I believe that many people who attend such gatherings come with the hope that they will receive something. Maybe they just want to have fellowship with other people who have similar beliefs. Maybe they desire to learn something new from the speaker, or to feel good about participating in worship. However, we should not go to these gatherings with the expectation of only receiving and being ministered to by others. We should also go with the hope and expectation that God will speak to us and work through us in a way that will minister to others as well.


Note the scripture used for today’s article. It talks about people singing, teaching, giving words from the Holy Spirit, and speaking in tongues. It gives no indication of who will do these things. It does not say, “The worship leader will sing, the pastor will teach, and the elders will give revelation and speak in tongues.” No, it instead tells us that one will do this, one will do that, and still, one will do something else. In the original Greek manuscripts, the word that was used is hekastos, and the literal translation is each, or everyone. How do we then interpret this passage? When we gather together as brethren, the Holy Spirit can lead each and every one of us to sing, to help teach one another, to pass along a special word to each other, to speak in tongues, or to interpret. The passage goes on to talk about how the Lord is a God of order and how, through the leading of the Holy Spirit, these things will and should take place in an orderly fashion.


Today, I encourage you that, when you go to church and other gatherings with brothers and sisters in Christ, go with expectation! Go with expectation that not only will God speak to you through those there, but that the Holy Spirit would work through you to encourage others as well. Listen for the still, small voice of the Lord, and do not hesitate to go forward and do what He is leading you to do.

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