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What Is Church Order

Church order was mentioned in a recent post. Question, does your church have to much order? Does it in fact operate very formally? Do you consider formalism to be a sin? How much order is good for a church? At a baptist church I was asked why do you raise your hands.

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In worship we learn the divine nature of God. God does not need humans to worship him, he my enjoy it but he has no compelling need of it, but humans have a compelling need to worship God. It is there for imperative that the worship experience be a beneficial learning experience for the attendees in what ever style the worship service is conducted. God does not need you praying five times a day like a Moslem, worship needs to be a productive learning experience.
---notlaw99 on 5/12/08

The order of the Church(You) is to go out and gather people for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
If you don't gather, you've helped scatter.
Church(Building) IS a Place of Prayer, where you take the Sick Physically/Mentally and Heal them W/the Prayer of Faith AS My/Our Lord Told US, Where the word of God is Clarified & Edified by NO less then 2 & NO more then 3 people.
If you would use the Church for this purpose,
God only knows what Blessings one Might receive.
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 5/12/08

I recently heard a young pastor talking about how people leave churches because of the style of worship. He made a great point about how people do not understand worship since it is intended to please God but church goers are concerned about WHAT THEY GET out of worship. It should not be about WHAT I GET out of worship and my feelings but rather a thanksgiving to God.
---jody on 5/12/08

Everyone getting along. Jesus is not at all please with rules made up by man. Look at Mark 7: 6-13.
---catherine on 5/12/08

We see it in many churches today, one song then anouncements, one song then greeting each other, one song then offering then a sermon, then a quick alter call for lost souls and then run to OUTBACK before the crowd gets there. If you are against the "order"of service you are told where the door is. There is no room (or time) for GOD to MOVE. If GOD is not in control of the service....IS IT REALLY CHURCH?
---co_ach on 5/10/08

Church order and formalism becomes a sin when the Holy Spirit is quenched. When we don't do what the Spirit wants then we are out of order.
---john on 5/26/07

Church order to me is: following scriptural order for leadership; having a sanctuary set so as to allow a worshipful atmosphere for the hearing of God's word; having an orderly assembly of believers; etc. That said, God is still in charge and we should encourage His presence among us rather than go on without Him. After all, what is church without God but just a meeting of people.
---mikefl on 2/21/06

TWO. THAT is listening to God's voice and obeying it. The formality is fine providing we are prepared to change it when HE says change it.
---M.A. on 2/20/06

ONE. I attend a church that is normally very orderly. The 'hymn, prayer, hymn, reading, hymn etc. sandwich' as some call it. However there have been a few occasions when the preacher (we do not have a regular minister) will say something like this:- "I came with a sermon prepared this morning but God has just given me a totally different message for you" and has then gone on the preach, without any notes whatsoever, the most amazing sermon.
---M.A. on 2/20/06

John, AMEN. I have seen the spirit quenched lots of times. One time by a fat preacher who started talking about food during the invitation service. The spirit died instantly.
---shira on 2/20/06

I don't like formalities but some order is needed. - You must have worship time and still leave time for the preaching of God's word. Oh yah, if you regularly go past 12:00 noon people will go somewhere else. - Sad but true.
---David on 2/19/06

Another example is the pastors sermon. He should always come prepared and studied-up, but with a willingness to change because He might have a specific word for someone. Proverbs 15:23 says, "...and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!" Order in a church has much to do with maturity & being sensitive to the Holy Ghost. Or too much order weakens a persons' faith because they don't come expecting, but they already know what is going to happen.
---Rickey on 2/19/06

I believe that church order has been so misunderstood. Some believe in a monotonous, military-like way of doing things. While others believe in whatever happens happens. We are to come prepared, but with a willingness to change. For instance, the praise team should come prepare with the songs to sing, but if the Holy Spirit leads them in a different way then that's the way they should go.
---Rickey on 2/19/06

In my church we worship God and if we shout, it doesn't scare anyone. If we testify and cry it doesn't offend anyone. My generation has watched the Holy Spirit work in a service and I can tell you, young folks does not know the difference between the Holy Spirit and someone jacking up emotions. There is a big difference and I have seen both. Our services in my church is not planned out. We have no program but things are done in order.
---shira on 2/19/06

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