In his first letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul takes aim at some of the divisions in the worship of the early church. There were many issues related to the conduct of the Corinthians when they gathered for worship and in their daily lives. Simply put, they were “out of step with the Gospel.” Paul, attempting to “re-sync” their ekklēsia, continually emphasizes how the church, made up of many different parts, should strive to work together for the edification of the body of Christ. Perhaps the early church had questions of who was going to lead the hymn, or if there should be piano and organ, or if maybe the guitarist should just lead. OK, well maybe those weren’t the questions, but perhaps you get the idea. Churches throughout history have continually tried to “worship better,” or return to the orthodoxy (right practice) of worship. If you’re not sure of the validity of that statement, consider that there are well over 300 Christian denominations in the US. So, I would say people are still searching for the best way to worship. For me, Paul has already given a clear answer for us in 1 Corinthians 14:26. He writes, “What should be done then, my friends? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.” Paul probably knew that some of these early Christians really liked the way they had done things over at the First Jewish Synagogue of Corinth, while others really preferred how things were done just down the road at the Corinth Temple of Believers (ok, I digress). So Paul made it clear: “Let all things be done for building up.” If we truly believe this statement to be inspired by the Holy Spirit, then we have a clear answer of what our worship should be. And not just at Providence Baptist Church, but in the church universal. As we seek ways to make our worship more about God, I hope you will pray for the building up of the church. After all, it has been said that, “the hunger for God is a gift from God.” May we continue to seek God together through the worship of His church. Soli Deo Gloria, Tim

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