Well, we’re only a couple of weeks from Easter. So let me encourage you to think of one person you can invite. Those who follow church trends tell us that Easter is the one Sunday a year that people are most likely to accept an invitation to come to church with you. So who would the Lord have you invite? Start praying for that person now and ask the Lord to give you a good opportunity to invite them. You don’t have to make a big deal out of it, a simple, “Hey, if you’ve got nowhere to go on Easter, I’d love to have you come with me.” That’s it. The majority of people who visit a church come because a friend or family member invited them. I know that’s a hard thing for some of you, so let’s also take time this week to pray for each other, for each other’s friends, and for each other’s opportunities. And while you’re at it, pray for our Easter service, that it would be understandable to those who visit, would proclaim Christ, and glorify God.
On to this week’s passage. We’re continuing this week in 1 Corinthians 14. And in this passage, the Apostle Paul tackles all the controversial issues of chapters 11, 12, 13, and 14 by directing the Corinthians (and us) to some timeless principles. He wants them to see that there are Biblical commands about the church that are more important than who gets what gift, who gets more prominence, who seems to be more spiritual, who gets the spotlight, etc, etc, etc. And so we’ll be looking at some of these principles and why they’re more important than the controversies of the Corinthians church. And yet Paul, being wise and gracious, deals with each of these issues by refocusing the people on Jesus. As I’ve entitled this series “Cross Words,” our key word for this week is “order.” So the question for us to consider is how does order — order in worship and order in the church — help us refocus our hearts and minds on Christ. It will be a thought-provoking passage for some of us. Hope to see you there on Sunday, Dr. Dave