Orderly worship (1 Corinthians 14:40)

"But all things should be done decently and in order." - 1 Corinthians 14:40

Here is a nice clear instruction for the church. So many of the problems I've seen happen in the church have come from pastors being unwilling to set and then keep order.

I can think of one specific time when I was younger. There was a lady in the church who would stand up after worship and ask the children to come forward and then share something she was learning. It was always something harmless but the leaders of the church just let her do it even though it wasn't in the schedule and she wasn't running any of this by anyone before she did it.

My father was telling the leadership they needed to shut this down or this lady would eventually say something stupid or just plain wrong. Eventually thats exactly what happened. She stood up, out of order, and began to share about the how the Bible cant be trusted.

Next all the leaders were having to corral her out of the building.

This verse is written in context of spiritual gifts, but it gives a great principal for all aspects of running the church. Let us keep things decent and in order that we may honor the Lord with our gatherings.