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Sunday, October 28, 2007

1 Corinthians 14

Following orders

Summary:
Desire prophecy. No-one but God understands tongues, but prophecies strengthen everyone. Tongues just helps you, unless it's interpreted. Everyone should speak tongues, but it's more important that people say intelligible words to the church.

Tongues is praying with your Spirit, but don't let that stop you praying with your mind too! Praying with your mind builds others up. Be innocent but wise. You need to say meaningful things.

Tongues are a sign for non-believers. Prophecy is for believers. Unbelievers will think tongues is nuts, but prophecy will bring them conviction.

Everyone should bring a word or something for the church to help the church. Only 2 or 3 should speak in tongues and there must be an interpretation. 2 or 3 people should bring prophecies, and their words should be weighed. Only one person should talk at a time. Prophets can control the prophecies that come over them. God is not a God of chaos.

Women should keep quiet and ask any questions to their husbands later. Just make sure everything is orderly.

Key verse:
26. When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.

My thoughts:
Paul's key points here are that firstly if you choose to do something in church, have a reason to do it at church rather than just by yourself, and secondly moving in the Spirit means order and peace not chaos and loss of control.

This chapter provides very practical instructions for Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches. I don't think people should speak tongues into the mic at church, or say it in any way which is intended for the church to hear, unless an interpretation is definitely expected.

Also there's just general good advice in here. The freedom of the Spirit doesn't mean a chaotic service. One person should talk at a time. At the same time, however, there is the clear expectation that people should bring words to church. These days we expect the leaders to do this, but this clearly isn't Paul's expectation. Anyway, control and restraint are not signs that someone isn't truly submissive to the Spirit.

So yea... Paul says that women shouldn't speak in church. Let's just put this down to the fact that the Corinthian church was having issues with over-zealous and uninformed women causing chaos in the meetings. I'm sure it was the best advice for the situation.

5 Comments:

Blogger Huggies said...

"So yea... Paul says that women shouldn't speak in church. Let's just put this down to the fact that the Corinthian church was having issues with over-zealous and uninformed women causing chaos in the meetings. I'm sure it was the best advice for the situation."

That is an excellent idea.

11:04 pm

 
Blogger Pete W said...

Did I say that? What I meant was "Women are stupid and inferior. Their brains are marinated in hormones. They shouldn't speak in Church because they say stupid things. ALWAYS. WITHOUT FAIL."

Got to keep up appearances...

10:37 am

 
Blogger Pete W said...

but they do smell nice

10:38 am

 
Blogger Huggies said...

stop, stop, your dirty talk is making me blush

9:07 pm

 
Blogger Pete W said...

I FEEL UNSAFE!

5:02 pm

 

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