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Living in a Post-Christian Society

February 1, 2015



(PART 1)

1 Corinthians 14


Now I want to give you some further information in some spiritual matters. 1 Cor. 12:1 (Ph)


Test everything that is said to be sure it is true, and if it is, then accept it. 1 Thes. 5:21 (TLB)

Don’t always believe everything you hear just because someone says it is a message from God: test it first to see if it really is. 1 John 4:1 (TLB)


1. Pursue love first.

Let love be your highest goal,… 1 Cor. 14:1a (NLT)


2. Learn spiritual gifts second.

… also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives, especially the gift of prophecy. 1 Cor. 14:1b (NLT)


3. Do what is useful for everyone, not just me.

For if your gift is the ability to speak in tongues, you will be talking to God but not to people, since they won’t be able to understand you. You will be speaking by the power of the Spirit, but it will all be mysterious. But one who prophesies is helping others grow in the Lord, encouraging and comforting them. A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally in the Lord, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church. I wish you all had the gift of speaking in tongues, but even more I wish you were all able to prophesy. For prophecy is a greater and more useful gift than speaking in tongues, unless someone interprets what you are saying so that the whole church can get some good out of it. 1 Cor. 14:2-5 (NLT)


4. Do what will help other people.

If I should come to you talking in an unknown language, how would that help you? But if I bring you some revelation or some special knowledge or some prophecy or some teaching—that is what will help you. Even musical instruments like the flute or the harp, though they are lifeless, are examples of the need for speaking in plain language. For no one will recognize the melody unless the notes are played clearly. …And it’s the same for you. If you talk to people in a language they don’t understand, how will they know what you mean? You might as well be talking to an empty room. There are so many different languages in the world, and all are excellent for those who understand them, but to me they mean nothing. I will not understand people who speak those languages, and they will not understand me. Since you are so eager to have spiritual gifts, ask God for those that will be of real help to the whole church. 1 Cor. 14:6-12 (NLT)




















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