by Jeff Strite

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Do I Need To Speak In Tongues? (4 of 4)
Series: Right Or Wrong
Jeff Strite
Acts 2:1-2:21

OPEN: The scene was in Denmark and 2 old men are sitting on a park bench. Up drives a car stops, and the driver rolls down the window and politely asks, in German, for assistance. The men shrug and shake their heads. The driver asks again, this time in French. No answer. He asks a third time in English. Still no answer. Frustrated, the man drives away.
After a while, one old-timer says to the other. ''I wish I could speak a second language.''
''What for?'' asks his friend, ''That guy spoke three languages, and it didn't help him.''

APPLY: The early church had those who could speak in many languages - languages they had never learned, and yet they used these languages (tongues) to communicate the love of God to others who otherwise would never have heard the Gospel. The Bible talks about the ''gift of tongues'' that was a powerful and effective tool in the early church, but our question today is: do tongues exist today and should we ourselves speak in tongues?

I. The Bible tells us that God gave the early Christians ''gifts.''

Actually there were two kinds of gifts God gave His people.

The first was '' the gift of the Holy Spirit'' spoken of in Acts 2:38. Peter preached, ''Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.'' The Greek word for ''gift'' here was ''dorea,'' and was used to describe the mark of our salvation (Ephesians 1:13-14), the mark of God's ownership of us.

The other kind of gift spoken of in the New Testament was ''gifts from the Holy Spirit.'' The Greek word used for this kind of gift was ''charismata.'' Charismata is actually a compound Greek word: ''Charis'' (meaning ''grace'') and ''mata'' (meaning ''result of…'' What Charismata meant was that this gift was a ''result of the grace - or Holy Spirit - within us.'' That's what Paul ...

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