What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let someone interpret. But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God. Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said. If a revelation is made to another sitting there, let the first be silent. For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged, and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets. For God is not a God of confusion but of peace,...(1 Corinthians 14:26-33a ESV)So we can see in this passage that when the church gathered (when you come together) everyone was bringing something to add to the gathering (each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Now the question is: was this the problem? Clearly it is not. The problem was that they were bringing things in a way that was not intentional for building up others. In fact, Paul in order to correct this, instructs them how to bring order to their gathering. Yet, contrary to what we see today, Paul does not instruct them to appoint one spiritually mature person to speak for the building up of the body. Rather, He instructs them to let two or three members speak in tongues (with an interpreter). Then he says let two or three prophets speak. Then if there is a revelation made to another, let the first be silent. Also there are the other prophets who are to weigh what is said. If correction needs to be made it is understood that that person would be speaking as well. Then there is the mention from the beginning of the passage regarding hymns and lessons. Earlier in this letter and in numerous other places we see that public prayer was a part of the gathering and that a meal was shared and it would be crazy for us to think that they were completely silent throughout the meal.
So how many people are speaking? Three tongues, at least one interpreter, three prophets, someone speaking to weigh and correct the prophets if needed, someone bringing a song, a lesson, a revelation...what are we up to now...eleven? This was Paul's instruction to bring order to the gathering and today we have one preacher and a handful of others (hand-picked by the pastor) to contribute a prayer or a public reading of scripture.
Those who would contend that there was charasmatic chaos in the church of Corinth are absolutely correct but these same men discard Paul's instruction on how to make the gathering more orderly and replace it with an order of worship that centers on their sermon. In my opinion, the sermonized centerpiece is another facet of the problem Paul was addressing where gifts were being put on display in such a way as to draw attention to the person in order to build themselves up. This is evident by the numerous mentions by these men of the authority they have been given over the church. The only authority in the church is the Word of God. That word became flesh and dwelt among us and now has come to live within us. Each and every believer is in Christ (who IS the word) and has Christ in them.
The solution for charismatic chaos is not a sermon. It is to have the mind of Christ in which mutual edification is the intention and the purpose of those who gather.