Today is Thursday, November 15th, 2018. Today’s passage and this section of 1 Corinthians deals with the often misunderstood spiritual gift of tongues. In the NT we find two kinds of tongues. One we find at Pentecost in Acts 2 where the disciples are given the supernatural ability to speak in human languages/tongues that they do not know so others can hear the gospel in their own language. The second we find in this passage- tongues as a mysterious verbal expression of the Holy Spirit that encourages the person speaking but not others unless there is interpretation. Historically believers have either indulged in this gift (over inflated it) or rejected this gift all together (under appreciated it). For Paul love is supreme (chapter 13) and love being supreme means we can approach this passage with humility that we might not quench the Spirit but test everything (1 Thes. 5.19-21)! In this challenging topic please feel free to reach out to our team if you have any specific questions, and please… no hurtful, prideful, legalistic arguments in your Communities over this passage :) - Joey
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (In large group)
[1 Corinthians 14:6-25]
6 Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching? 7 If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will anyone know what is played? 8 And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle? 9 So with yourselves, if with your tongue you utter speech that is not intelligible, how will anyone know what is said? For you will be speaking into the air. 10 There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning, 11 but if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me. 12 So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church. 13 Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret.14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful. 15 What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also. 16 Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say “Amen” to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying? 17 For you may be giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not being built up. 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.19 Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue. 20 Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature. 21 In the Law it is written, “By people of strange tongues and by the lips of foreigners will I speak to this people, and even then they will not listen to me, says the Lord.” 22 Thus tongues are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is a sign not for unbelievers but for believers. 23 If, therefore, the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your minds?24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all, 25 the secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you.
+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these verses?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main
_ What is the main point Paul is making related to speaking in tongues in v.6-11?
_ In vs.12 what does Paul encourage the church to excel in?
_ In vs. 13-17 Paul begins laying out guidelines for interpreting tongues. How are we to practice the gift of tongues and why?
_In vs. 18-25 Paul explains the purpose of tongues. How would you summarize the purpose of tongues and how it ought to play out in a church?
PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?
_ Ask the Lord for the gift of tongues that you might be edified in your prayer life
_ Do you need to repent of having an attitude or view of tongues that is cynical (under appreciated)?
_ Do you need to repent of having an attitude or view of tongues that is indulgent (overinflated)?
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)