This week we will consider 1 Corinthians 14:1-25. In the text, Paul continues on the themes of love and spiritual gifts by urging the Corinthian church to use their gifts to build one another up in Christ, rather than as a display of superiority.
Take a few minutes to read through 1 Corinthians 14:1-25 if you can. Below is an excerpt:
Few things are more controversial in the church today than the gift of speaking in tongues, particularly the use of the gifts in corporate worship services. Have you gotten a "whiff" of the controversy surrounding the use of tongues in corporate worship? Or do you simply have questions regarding their use?
On Sunday we will look at God's Word together and see what it has to say regarding these issues. Paul is not going to address whether tongues exist today or not but rather how they are used. Paul is going to show us that there are more important concerns when we are together, especially with unbelievers present, that should direct our practice.
Think it Through
One of Paul's main lines of argument is that the church cannot be built-up when there is no clear intelligible speaking of God's Word. What are some of the challenges to hearing God's Word clearly in corporate church gatherings today? Comment below.