Love & Order in the Church


This week we will consider 1 Corinthians 14:26-40.  Here Paul continues to talk about priorities in coming together for God's worship service, this time making a case for the priority of orderliness when we come together.

Getting Started

When you hear the words, "order" or "orderliness," what picture comes to your mind?


Take a few minutes to read through 1 Corinthians 14:26-40:

26 What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, oran interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. 27 If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let someone interpret. 28 But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God. 29 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said. 30 If a revelation is made to another sitting there, let the first be silent. 31 For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged, 32 and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets. 33 For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints, 34 the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. 35 If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church. 36 Or was it from you that the word of God came? Or are you the only ones it has reached? 37 If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord. 38 If anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized. 39 So, my brothers,earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. 40 But all things should be done decently and in order.
— 1 Corinthians 14:26-40

Search the Scriptures

As you have now read through the text, go back over it again and try to identify the primary areas that Paul calls for order in church?  Once you have identified these, try and think through what the situation was in the Corinthian church that prompted Paul to write these.

Think About It

Orderliness in churches is commonly affiliated with lifeless religion.  Why do you think that is true?  Do you think that it must be true?  

Question for Discussion

If you were on holiday and wanted to attend church and had to choose between attending a high order service, or a highly spontaneous disordered service, which would attend and why? Write your answers below.