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:
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).
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!
The use of a microwave, oven, or a crockpot can help aid in preparing the meal more quickly after worship has concluded.
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.
This material is copyrighted by The Gospel of Christ and its authors. This information is free to use in its entirety without further consent, however, modifications should not be made without contacting firstname.lastname@example.org for permission. Any and all images contained herein are believed to be free for all distribution and content.