Prophesying to build up the church
The prophesying meeting is not the centre of the church life, but it is extremely important. It is a critical aspect of the God-ordained way; in fact, in one sense, it can even be considered the goal of the God-ordained way:
1Co 14:4 … He who prophesies builds up the church.
This is the only verse in the entire New Testament that tells us practically how to build the church: it is by prophesying. And it is not just some saints prophesying, but it is by everyone prophesying:
1Co 14:23-25 If therefore the whole church comes together in one place, …. But if all prophesy and some unbeliever or unlearned person enters, he is convicted by all, he is examined by all; the secrets of his heart become manifest; and so falling on his face, he will worship God, declaring that indeed God is among you.
When everyone prophesies, then God is manifested in the flesh, and there is a visible testimony of God on the earth. Thus, this is not a light matter; it is a key aspect of our testimony as the church of God in any city. For this, we need to arrange our meetings in such a way as to encourage everyone to prophesy.