The Benefits of Corporate Worship
July 24th, 2019
Read: 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
As we continue to look at the benefits of corporate worship, see if you can identify how you can help others experience these benefits when they attend our church. Corporate worship:
(1) Allows proper use of spiritual gifts to strengthen, encourage, and build up each believer in the many-membered body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:4 and 7 remind us there are many gifts in the body of Christ. The powerful moving of the Holy Spirit during corporate gatherings provides a natural setting for the fruitful sharing of spiritual gifts. While this is not the only time these gifts can and should be manifested, unity of worship provides a channel for the Holy Spirit to flow easily. Calling a church a “body” does not make it so unless the members are effectively connected and joined together. Ministering the gifts of the Spirit to one another does just that.
(2) Sets the framework for making important decisions.
When a decision must be made, fervent worship, a refreshing and renewing of God’s Word, and the operation of spiritual gifts set a tremendous atmosphere for all the people to hear from the Lord. Days of prayer and fasting before certain meetings are especially helpful when a consensus must be reached that is “peaceful and easy to be entreated” (James 3:17). This same principle applies on a personal level. People are continually faced with decisions concerning important areas of life. Corporate gatherings often supply answers through the ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word.
(3) Gives the reputation as an accessible place of refuge for all who seek help and encouragement.
The Book of Zephaniah gives guidance on entering into the refuge of God. As individual members practice these principles, the corporate gatherings will become a hiding place:
(i) Inquire of the Lord and not draw back from, or refuse, His counsel (Zeph. 1:6, 3:2);
(ii) Do not to become slothful and complacent (Zeph. 1:12);
(iii) Do not dwell carelessly, without vision or principles (Zeph. 2:15, 3:16); and (iv) Obey the authority of God and His anointed leaders.
How can spiritual gifts, prayer, and seeking God for refuge be enhanced through corporate worship? Our corporate prayer meetings are a good place to start with Him.