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The Confusion Over Tongues (26 of 30)
Series: THE BOOK OF I CORINTHIANS
I Corinthians 14:1-40
February 23, 2005
1. Last Wednesday we finished up chapter 13 with
Paul's discussion on the subject of love. In (vs. 13), he states that love is more important than all spiritual gifts: "And now abideth faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is love."
2. Tonight we begin in chapter 14, which addresses the
problem or mis-use of speaking in tongues (vs. 26). Let me say at the outset, there is more confusion over this subject than probably any other subject I can think of; and Satan is having a field day, as he sits back and laughs at Christians who are in heated battle with one another over this issue...each defending their interpretation on the proper use of tongues. It says in (vs. 33), that "God is not the author of confusion." If He, then, is not the author of confusion, who is? You're right...Satan is!
3. This evening I would like to give you two main
points to our outline:
I. The Use of Prophecy
II. The Mis-Use of Tongues
I. THE USE OF PROPHECY
1. In (vs. 1), Paul states, "desire spiritual gifts, but rather
that ye may prophesy."
A. Defining terms
1. The word, "Prophesy" can mean foretelling the
Future, and it can also mean telling or giving forth God's Word. Preaching is prophesying. The Greek word for prophesy is propheteuo, which means, to foretell events, or to speak under inspiration.
B. Detailing benefits
1. In (vs.3), it says, "He that prophesieth speaketh
unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort."
a. When we are taught the Word of God it does
edify us, doesn't it? It does exhort us, and it does bring comfort...it draws us to the Lord. There is nothing more comforting than having someone read the Scriptures. In the book of Nehemiah, it says in (8:5-6), "And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he ...
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