A church cannot function without laypeople. Those who are not ordained or paid to minister. Those who go above and beyond in service to their brothers. Those who serve as campus directors, prayer partner leaders, small group leaders, worship leaders, head ushers, and Sunday School teachers.

The Bible definition of laypeople is different. The church would cease to exist without them.

2 Chronicles 35:5, 6, “And stand in the Holy Place according to the divisions of the fathers’ households of your brothers, the laypeople, and according to the Levites, by division of a father’s household. Then slaughter the Passover lamb and consecrate yourselves and prepare for your brothers to do according to the word of the Lord by the hand of Moses.” Modern English Version

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“The people were admitted according to their families in groups or companies of several households at a time. When the first company entered the court, (which consisted commonly of as many as it could hold), the gates were shut and the offering was made. The Levites stood in rows from the slaughtering-places to the altar, and handed the blood and fat from one person to another of the officiating priests.

The design of the minute directions given here was to facilitate the distribution of the paschal lambs. These were to be eaten by the respective families according to their numbers (Exodus 12:3). But multitudes of the people, especially those from Israel, having been reduced to poverty through the Assyrian devastations, were to be provided with the means of commemorating the Passover . . .” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. I

Laypeople were also called the “Common People.” They were not from the tribe of Levi. Yet, they were a holy people God set apart for himself. Today we call them members and attendees.

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