Hope Sabbath School This is the closest thing to 1Cor 14 that I have seen. No one can tell me how we got to the one-man-tells-everyone-how-to-live model. The Bible sets up the University model that most our Universities lost. A University was and still should be a place where people meet to exchange ideas and testimony. A place where people take turns speaking and listening. Sadly, the 12 step groups use this model when the church has abandoned it. Think of how many other things the 12 step groups use that the church has abandoned? A sponsor in the 12 steps groups is an Elder in the church, but we need sponsors because so many elders don’t do diddly squat. I beg everyone to read: Not God – Goodreads www.goodreads.com/book/show/90868.Not_God Goodreads Rating: 4.3 – 185 votes A History of Alcoholics Anonymous” as Want to Read:
I believe one of the reasons we don’t follow 1Cor 14 in our churches is because of numbers. Wherever we go people ask, how many people are in your church, or, how big is your church. Even with the example of David http://biblehub.com/1_chronicles/21-1.htm we still believe in numbers. If we run a 1Cor 14 assembly, we risk losing numbers? How long would people stay if they were expected to give a testimony or share something that the Lord has done for them?
Our assemblies have so many who believe that just being in the building is their ticket to heaven. They wouldn’t give the Lord credit if someone paid them. That’s called “the pride of life” in the Bible. 1Jn 2:16. Taking credit for the Lord’s work is deadly I believe.
My second choice is Doug Batchelor. He is a great historian who does an extraordinary job at bringing the meaning of the words in a way that we know what they meant to the readers of the Word, when it was written.