Good Christian leaders are skilled in discerning the leading of the Holy Spirit, helping others follow His working and creating space for them to minister in God’s power. Life is not a one-man-show!
1 Corinthians 14:26-33
26 …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. 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.
Observation and reflection questions
Context: The Apostle Paul is addressing the issue of order and clarity in the very spiritual congregation in Corinth.
- Paul is giving clear instructions in this letter about how to conduct yourself in a Christian assembly. Why? (verses 32-33)
- What does this suggest of the task of leadership even when the Holy Spirit prompts and empowers individuals for ministry?
- What must remain the motive for spirit-directed ministry? (verse 26)
- What does this suggest of the task of leadership when individuals starts ministering in the group?
- This epistle was written to a highly spiritual, disorganized congregation. Would you expect the congregation to be perfectly peaceful and ordered after these instructions was read?
- What does this suggest of the task of leadership to order ministry?
- Note verse 26 regarding preparation for ministry. What does this suggest about the Holy Spirit’s work before the group assembles?
- What does this suggest of the task of leadership and the Holy Spirit’s prompting and empowerment of individuals for ministry?
- In some communities there may be a hesitation to flow in the spiritual gifts as deemed normative in this portion of Scripture. Considering the portion of Scripture, what should the leader do to promote and facilitate the ministry of the Holy Spirit among gifted believers?
Personal Reflection and Application
The Lord is Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:17) and ministers to people by gifting and prompting his children to speak and act in faith. Yet leadership is still required to facilitate this working – to preserve order and ensure sincerity and accuracy, so that God’s peace may remain the seal for His work.
- Think of your own fellowship group.
- How much freedom is there for Spirit-prompted and –directed ministry?
- How much freedom and power to you give to others to lead as the Holy Spirit prompts?
- How much order is there during Spirit-prompted and –directed ministry?
- How much security and peace do you ensure by marinating order?
- Following the pattern in this epistle, what can you do to insure more effective Spirit-directed ministry? Do this for/ at the next fellowship meeting. [hint: preparation, delegation, inspiration…?]
Thank God His Holy Spirit’s empowerment and guidance. Do you tend to quench and ignore His prompting? The confess and repent of this. Do you tend to neglect leadership and maintain order and peace? Then confess and repent of this. Ask for inspiration and boldness to lead in the next fellowship group.