Blog post 21-1
But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner.
(1 Cor. 14.30)
I will be the first to admit that a blog post on church business meetings is about as appealing as watching paint dry! Normally when church members hear there is going to be a business they head the other way – quickly! However, I want to share with you three reasons why business meetings are important. I also hope this post will help you with your church business meetings once you understand the why behind the what.
I. THERE IS AN ORDER IN BUSINESS MEETINGS
1 Cor. 14.30: But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner.
In 1 Cor. 14, Paul goes into a lengthy discussion on the place of the spiritual gift of tongues in the church. Paul simply states that if there are those present that have the gift of tongues, there should be no more than three speaking at a time, one at a time, and there must be an interpreter. The reason for the interpreter can be found back in v. 12: for the edification of the church.
In other words, spiritual gifts, regardless of the gift, are for the purpose of building up the church. If someone speaks in tongues but no one can interpret, the church is not built up because no one can understand what is being said. This is the reason Paul, in v. 30, stated that regardless of what happens in the worship service, everything must be done in a way that is pleasing to God and in an orderly manner.
When it comes to the business of the church, our business meetings should be done in a certain ORDER- that which is pleasing to God. Therefore, we have an agenda, and we have a moderator so the meeting will be conducted in a certain order. Earlier in 1 Cor. 14, Paul wrote:
1 COR. 14.33: for God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saint.
There is an order that honors God in church business meetings.
II. THERE IS AN OBLIGATION TO BUSINESS MEETINGS
1 Cor. 4.1-2: Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy.
A steward is a caretaker of someone else’s goods or property. As children of God by faith in Jesus Christ, we have been made stewards of the Lord’s church, stewards of the gospel, and stewards of His people. Paul wrote that he wanted to be found a worthy steward of what God had entrusted him with.
We have been entrusted with church monies, church property, and people – and we must be found faithful to do the best as stewards, to take care of the Lord’s property.
Stewardship is the purpose of printed budgets, for example, to demonstrate to the church how monies are being allocated. Business meetings help the church know those who are on the various committees are being good stewards with what has been entrusted them. We want to make sure that God would look at us and know that we are good stewards of all that He has entrusted us with.
The most important stewardship we have is the stewardship of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We want to make sure we are found faithful with the most important message in the world, that Jesus died for our sins according to the scripture, that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day.
III. THERE IS AN OBEDIENCE IN BUSINESS MEETINGS
JOHN 13.34-35: A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you; that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
How we conduct ourselves when we are together is just as important as how we conduct ourselves when we are out rubbing elbows with a lost and dying world. To love one another means we want the best for one another. It means we can correct to right living without being hateful, it means we might disagree, but we can still respect one another in love. It also means the only standard we have for right living is Jesus Himself.
The business of the church must be taken care of. Every church handles their business differently. Some churches have monthly meetings, some quarterly, some only twice a year, and some only once a year. However a particular church decides to conduct their business is based on each individual church. But the church needs to understand that these meetings are important, they must have ORDER, they signify the church’s OBLIGATION as stewards, and there is a defined OBEDIENCE based on Jesus’ command to His disciples to love one another.
“Scripture taken from the New American Standard Bible. Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1995 by the Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.”
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