what's a "lay people"??? there's not even a hint of the concept in the entire new testament!
LAY, n.[L. locus. See Lay, the verb. The words which signify place, are from verbs which express setting or laying. It is written also ley, and lea, but less properly.]
Pertaining to the laity or people, as distinct from the clergy; not clerical; as a lay person; a lay preacher; a lay brother.
LAY' MAN, n. la'man.[lay and man.]
1. A man who is not a clergyman; one of the laity or people, distinct from the clergy.