You quoted Ephesians and what is called the "5 fold ministry" teachings. I could not agree more. But again, how does this apply to rituals of men (which they hold dear) in the modern day church setting?
Miccah, and everyone else, I'm planning to go to Wisconsin tomorrow and will be gone for a few weeks. I may not respond during that time, due to lack of access, but hope to reply whenever I return.As a last note, I agree with you (Miccah), in stating that rows and the "traditional" form are not the only way. In fact, at my church the first service is a study with questions and answers throughout. The second service is a time of singing, prayer, and a sermon. The Lord's table follows. We spend the afternoon at someone's house for a big lunch, and talk for the most part about the Lord and what we learned. Finally, we have an evening service that is more exhortative and correctional in emphasis. People are expected to go to all of the services, so there's a time for discussion/dialectic teaching, music and prayer, and a more thorough sermon for teaching in depth. We sit in rows because the building we rent has pews, but I don't think we care too much about that.The one thing that stands out is that only the appointed people hold the floor for times of in-depth teaching.
Who can teach in the church? Simple... those whom the Holy Spirit has gifted to teach. Now that we have that cleared up...!Krispy