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1 Corinthians 14

Today we're trying something new. I'd like you to read 1 Corinthians 14 and take a few notes as you go along. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

- Are there any commands I need to pay attention to?
- What does this passage tell me about God?
- What is God trying to teach me through this passage?


When you're finished, I'd love to hear some of your thoughts. Then, on Monday, I'll take a closer look at chapter 14 and we can continue our discussion. Have a great weekend! Tami

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My biggest impression from this selection is that Paul(?) was very deliberate about explaining the gifts of prophesy and speaking in foreign or unknown languages. My understanding is that the word tongues has been used in place of foreign or unknown languages. It makes me think that this passage was written for the purpose of instruction and correction. Although the author never comes right out to say stop making things up, I think that is what he means. Why else would he have to explain the nature if God and why spiritual gifts are given? People can't receive spiritual gifts in a way that God would not give them.

I have breezed through this chapter before and always wondered what this was all about but I am amused today. People have always been people.

Paul emphasizes the fact that, on the pecking list of spiritual gifts, prophesying (which is the broader practice of proclaiming God's message, not simply foretelling future events, as we commonly associate) is at the top, as it is the most spiritually beneficial to the largest number of people.

There was so much contention and argument over spiritual gifts, practices, observances, and new-found freedoms being misused or abused, that the church was being thrown into confusion and chaos, rather than reflecting unity and order. These are to be the distinguishing hallmarks of the church--unity in Christ and order and peace as He dictates it.

The lesson I'm reminded of is emphasized in verses 19-20. Our meeting together is not just about us. We're a body, and we're called to build each other up, which means that we serve others within the body. we often ask what a given church can offer us, when our primary concern should be what we can offer to a given church body.

I read 1 Cor 14
I believe God is telling me to lift HIM up. The use of Tongues lift me up into HIS presence - (that is also a good thing) but when we are among non believers or those who question the use of tongues among believers we can accomplish sooo much more by speaking in a language we all know. I am not really sure I fully understand prophesy except in this passage it seems to be used to lift up the Lord and teach others about Jesus and how HE would act and react when witnessing and fellowshipping with others.
Would love to hear if I am off track or have missed the point?

The first command is to pursue love, or love should be your guide. Some versions say speaking in tongues, some say unknown languages so its kinda confusing.Speaking in tongues I think is brought forth from the Holy Spirit and must be translated for people to understand, or else anyone can infuse their own meaning into it. Unknown languages also must be translated for people to understand, and it seems to be telling me to watch how I present the gospel to others and don't try to impress them with alot of words they don't understand. I must admit that I was a little troubled with verse 34 saying that women must be silent or must keep quiet and listen. Can anyone give me some insight?

Without going into a long, drawn out, complex explanation, here's the take on verse 34, taking into consideration the context of the passage and the book.

Paul has already affirmed in chapter 11 that, in Christ, there are no dividing walls built up, yet men are still men and women are still women. But, he also addresses women in the context of praying and prophesying within the worship service setting. This being the case, he clearly can't be reversing course and absolutely forbidding women from speaking in a church service.

Chapter 14 is all about instructing the Corinthians on how to keep order in their worship services. In that context, we see that there were women in this congregation who (among all the other chaos in their worship services) were interrupting to ask questions. Paul instructs them that worship services are the place for just that--worship, and that in an orderly, reverent fashion. The questions could be saved for later, in a more appropriate context.

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