May Christians Get Up To Fix Meals During The Worship Assembly?

May some Christians get up during the worship assembly and begin preparing for a fellowship meal that will occur after the worship time has ended? To answer this question, let us consider some biblical principles:

  1. Worshipping God is a commandment that is given to all of His children (John 4:24-25). It is not just vertical (praising God), but horizontal as well; for we are to stir up one another unto love, good works, and edification (Hebrews 10:25-26). Worshipping God and edifying one another should have priority over preparing for an imminent fellowship meal (Matthew 6:33).

  2. Christians should have the patience (2 Peter 1:5–8) to stay around after the worship assembly while the meals are being prepared – and even help expedite the process! 

  3. The use of a microwave, oven, or a crockpot can help aid in preparing the meal more quickly after worship has concluded. 

  4. Foregoing or disrupting worship in order to prepare for a fellowship meal is not a biblical reason to distract those worshipping in spirit and in truth (1 Corinthian 14:40; although, there are some reasons which are justifiable, such as, leaving due to a genuine emergency or in order to take care of an essential bathroom issue or to discipline your child.

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