I have found myself in too many conversations where I am unable to explain, for example, why I think meetings should be interactive and participatory; not a one way monologue with the pews. I can see in my spirit what it all looks like, but have a very difficult time expressing it in a cogent manner. I generally come away frustrated.
There is a picture in my mind of how I believe the church ought to function. I believe it can all be backed up by scripture, but I don't have it all written down in a clear concise manner. Have you ever seen someones office with post-it notes all over the walls and desk. The guy knows where every note is, but does not have it all organized in one area. Well, that is what my mind is like.
So, I am starting to write some questions to ask people instead of engaging in persuasive type conversation. Here are some of the questions I am putting together.
- What does the bible say about the gathering of the saints?
- What is the purpose of the gathering of the saints?
- What is a church service?
- Is the gathering of the saints or worship service the place for believers to participate of spectate?
- What is a worship service?
- When does the worship service start?
- What does the bible say about the worship service?
It behooves every generation to "ferret" out the traditions that have been passed down them to ascertain they are not of pharisaical origin.