25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10: 25)
The highlighted text above – did you ever consider it? Or did you simply hear the stern admonition unto church attendance? Gotta show up. Or you’ll get stale and led away with error. You need to “sit under” some reliable authority and structure.
Sadly many worship services have become little more than performance. The professionals up front do it all – the teaching, praying, exhorting, testifying, citing of scripture “discoveries”, calling of hungry souls unto salvation in Jesus. The professionals believe that this is expected of them on most points. They tire out. The people in the pews seize up. Numbers dwindle.
But the Word as pertaining to the early Church says that we are to minister to “one another”. How spontaneous and transparent this would be, and how much of an improvement in commitment, freshness and mutual understanding. Neighbours would minister unto neighbours for a significant portion of the service.
The same sort of participatory feel is found in Acts 13: 15 and in Colossians 3: 16.
I did a little booklet entitled “Love , Lift, Lighten”. Have a look.