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1 Corinthians 14:1-35 - Part A

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September 26, 2022 6:00 am

1 Corinthians 14:1-35 - Part A

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September 26, 2022 6:00 am

We all have control issues to some degree, and it can be hard to totally trust the Lord. In this message, Skip shares how your life can be more abundant when you surrender to the Holy Spirit's control.

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He Holy Spirit is avoidable and holy Scripture certainly should be unavoidable to us.

We should be open to me not to anything God wants to give us. We should never be afraid to pray. Some people actually are goofy and is not the Holy Spirit is a good dose of the Holy Spirit is to correct that weird so I would say don't be afraid of anything. God wants the theater for some is that they're going to lose many of us have issues with control. It's hard to surrender everything to God and trust today on connect with Skip Skip shares hope God can work mightily in and through yourself to the Holy Spirit's control. Before we begin to let you know about a recent will help you come alongside the hurting in our society even more. The United States got the devastating Civil War to overcome a deeply defining issue was of Jesus and people who represent his left. We can help one another deal with this topic today Skip hi thinking Tony Clark speak to white evangelical pastors about how churches we can create spaces for black and brown voices to be heard in a loving atmosphere concerning the atmosphere. The turkeys find this moment because he racism is a safe is a sin in the eye. Now it's our job began to die down and to have a biblical mindset and also heaven. Sympathy and empathy for those who are trying to live out this Christianity and their skin may be a little bit darker than yours cultivate the entity that comes from gaining a biblical perspective on racism your copy of this conversation between Pastor Skip and tell me when you get $20 or more today will also send you Pastor skip's booklet the church and racism, call 892 1888, or get online securely connectwithskip.com/offer: 14 begins. As I mentioned in chapter 12 wrong, five chapter 12 does section that Paul is writing about concerning these things. He begins chapter 12 in the Greek language by writing Terry day tastes pneumatic costs which is literally concerning or about the spirituals about those spirituals. I want to tell you about the spirituals pneumatic rose case pneumatic costs.

It's gifts is not in the original language it's in italics, even in your English Bible in chapter 12 verse one it's implied because the material following is he talks about the variety that's in the church, the body of Christ, and he illustrates it by saying there's different kinds of gifts he mentions those gifts. Then he makes a play for unity. We exercise those gifts for the purpose as God called us together to bring unity to the body of Christ goes on in a chapter to talk about how every single part of the body. The human body and the body of Christ is vital is important not one is more important than another.

Not one should be put on pedestal more than another, then Paul takes a break from spiritual gifts.

It seems that was all part of the same contacts right in the middle between chapter 14 and chapter 12 is chapter 13 which is all about love and he talks about a more excellent way.

The fruit of the spirit especially the fruit of love and preferring one another and though you speak with tongues of men and of angels, but you have not love your zip your zero yourself you're not up on your nothing and he talks about the manifestation of love chapter 14 verse one. He swings right back with more depth back into the spiritual gifts and their use within the assembly. In particular, Paul is addressing, not all of the gifts that he mentioned in chapter 12, but only two of them. By and large, she is focusing in on the gift of tongues and its interpretation and the gift of prophecy while whole chapter and a rather long chapter on those two gifts when he just goes through a list of other guests in chapter 12. I can only surmise that that was one of the problems with current. They were struggling with this.

They were probably indulging in some of these gifts to the abuse of them and so Paul in order to bring a polemic. A corrective he he he adds supplemental material and the heat he talks or hashes through how tongues with its interpretation in the public arena and the gift of prophecy, how they are related how they are different. Why one is more preferable than the other. I remember reading years ago something by a W toaster who said the idea of the Holy Spirit to the average church member is so vague as to be nonexistent and I suppose in some sense, he is correct of people talk about the Lord.

We talk about Jesus, we even talk about the Holy Spirit, but when it comes to how he operates in our lives in the present circumstance.

A lot of believers are vague.

We've already talked about how there are two extremes when it comes to the use of the gifts of the Spirit in chapter 12 we sat on on one end of the spectrum, you have the cessation us who believe that the gifts have ceased.

They were miraculous manifestations used only by the early church until the Scripture was completed.

The New Testament was completed now that it is we don't need those things, and they often cite that little verse in chapter 13 we now uncovered by two or three weeks in a row. We know in part, we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part will be done away with and we told you that that probably is a reference to the second coming of Christ, not the full revelation of Scripture. When Jesus comes back the perfect one comes back then, there is no need no pleasure in glory.

Here, in his presence, you won't need any of these else any of these gifts, you won't need the gift of discernment. There will be false prophecy. You will need the gift of tongues to speak to God. You see him face-to-face. You won't need special word of encouragement or expectation, I mean come on, you're in heaven so it's not like you're going to get the blues and you'll need edification. So that's one end of the spectrum, it ceased.

I don't believe they ceased. I believe Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever. I believe the Holy Spirit is the same yesterday today and forever.

On the other end of the spectrum, as we've Artie noted, there are these sensational lists, not the cessation us but the sensational lists they feel they've been robbed. If they go to church and it doesn't get weird if people don't jump and dance and have a tongue in interpretation and something that's out of the ordinary and it just has to be off the charts off off-base just a little bit and I love it.

You know they they they revel in it, and many times it's an imbalance so I am neither a cessation us and I certainly don't want to be as sensationalist this this I know, about 90 times in the Old Testament.the spirit are God's spirit is mentioned or inferred in the New Testament 260 times key. The Holy Spirit is unavoidable in holy Scripture. He certainly should be unavoidable to us. We should be open, should we not do anything God wants to give us. We should never be afraid some people are afraid if the yield of the spirit. They're going to get goofy. Some people actually are goofy and is not the Holy Spirit's fault they could use a good dose of the Holy Spirit just to correct that weirdness so I would say don't be afraid of anything. God wants to give you but the fear for some is that they're going to lose control. And I do not believe that when you are filled with the spirit and exercising any gift that you are out-of-control I don't believe the Holy Spirit grabs her John. You start babbling uncontrollably. Are you going to say I never want to say this, but here goes. It's not like that at all. It some very, very discriminant, it is to be judged. It is to be monitored and it is in the control of the speaker as we have noted and Paul underscores in this section I don't ever think you have to be afraid of anything. God wants to do for you in you, through you to the body of Christ, so being open is a good thing just to sum up a couple of thoughts because were going to close. Chapter 14 that closes this section that to sum up the work of the spirit of God in your life. The Holy Spirit comes after us to save us.

Then the Holy Spirit comes inside of us to sanctify us, then the Holy Spirit comes upon us to supercharge us. So he comes after us to save us a Holy Spirit. Jesus said, will convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment of sin, because they do not believe in me. It is the Spirit's job to convince you you're a sinner you need help, you're not all that you could be you need to turn your life over to Christ, he is the one the spirit of God drives you to the solution for your human solution your fallenness and that is Christ. Christ alone faith in him along the cross Holy Spirit does that, he comes after us to save us. Once you stop fighting the spirit and you ask Jesus to be your savior, then second, the Holy Spirit comes in you Jesus that the Holy Spirit will be in the Greek preposition and he is with you power.

He is in you and and then when he comes in you, he fills you he baptizes you is we saw this last weekend into the body of Christ by one Spirit we were baptized into one body. Chapter 12 then the Holy Spirit comes upon you EPI FP to supercharge Jesus said that whoever believes in him, that out of his innermost being out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. This he spoke of the Holy Spirit which was not yet given. I love when the Holy Spirit comes on a person so much that not only is he or she satisfied and sanctified, but they overflow so that others get the blessing they get the splash back of the overflow they get wet.

You bump into them. You get wet with the spirit because the spirit of God. Like rivers of living waters blowing from so how do we get well ask that simple or do I have to work myself into a certain state and and death and and go back and forth like I see the Jews are due at the Wailing Wall, back and forth like this you going to get in the zone get in the mood or at with the worship music in the background know you just say Lord fill me with your spirit of fresh.

Jesus said if you being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask that simple US ask in faith, nothing wavering.

James says and you'll receive it now. We did see at the end of chapter 12. I know I keep going back to chapter 12 and I should be in chapter 14 plan to get there and in chapter 12 Paul says earnestly desire the best gifts you can only focus on tonight as I mentioned, but he said earnestly desire the best gifts and we left off. I think without last time. What is the best gift that's like saying what's the best pair of shoes. My answer depends what you want to do if you want to really look stylish. There's lots of stylish shoes. You can wear, but you don't want to take that stylish pair of shoes you're wearing gentleman orders those high heels women and do the law loose trail that would not be the best shoe for that work. So the best gift of the spirit like the best pair shoes. It depends on what is needed if somebody needs God's comfort.

The gift of prophecy. If somebody needs God's wisdom, the word of wisdom.

If you need to communicate with God uninterruptedly in a in a way that supersedes your command of language you're feeling something deeply in your worship and and prior experience to the Lord, the gift of tongues to be the best gift so earnestly desire the best gifts of the best gift. Number one is the gift God has for you, and number two depends on what the situation is. That's what living life under the movement and the supervision of the Holy Spirit is so fun because you get you encounter situations every day that demand different things at different times for different people and integrated to say Lord, make me a vessel so that I can be a blessing to others. I can overflow into others. Live with a variety of different gifts, so we ask that takes us to chapter 14 verse one pursue love speaking to what he just finish in chapter 13 pursue love run after chase it down, go for it be a loving person and a desire spiritual gifts is not either or both, and is not like wealth is to be the fruit of the spirit which is lovers agree to be the gifts of the spirit which is all that power stuff about both about go after love and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you might prophesy that you remember how Peter stood up on the day of Pentecost when what happened in the upper room spilled out into the temple courts and as the detractors were saying what is this Peter being logical said this is that which was spoken of by the prophet Joel who said in the last day, says the Lord. I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh your sons and your daughters shall prophesy in the early church there were even designated prophets. We told you about Megabus.

He was called a prophet in Chapter 11, the church was in Antioch and give us a prophet was in that meeting in that church and agribusinesses through the Holy Spirit prophesy that there would be a famine in the land and in the world which happened in that the times are given up when that famine happened, and because he prophesied there's going to be a famine that was enough for Paul the apostle to say I better take up a collection from the Gentile congregations for the poor people in Jerusalem who have lost their temple related jobs because of the persecution of the Sadducees against the church is the work of prophecy. They were he was foretelling the future. Another time he was foretelling the future wasn't asked.

Chapter 21 when Paul the apostle is coming back from his journey on the way to Jerusalem stops in Caesarea. Few of us will be there in a few days in Caesarea by the sea and Agnes was in Caesarea a guy gets around and Agnes took Paul's belt, and wrapped himself evidences were roses built to be bound like this in Jerusalem. What was Paul's belt, everybody knew it. Paul knew it, they saw Actavis make this prophetic declaration, so they begged him they said Paul please don't go to Jerusalem, the prophet is spoken. He just prophesied he said don't go good to have you to be arrested and bound deposit what you mean by weeping and breaking my heart.

I'm ready not only to be bound but did die for Jesus to stop me. I'm going for. I love that kind of tenacity. I hope there's a report of trouble in Jerusalem will when I first told my mother in 1978 that I was going to move to Israel. She begged me that I wouldn't go so foolish. There's violence over there. I started thinking about another S 78 is always been something going on over in the Middle East right then I got to thinking beyond 1970 way back. There's always been some going on of it all the way back to like the very beginning so I said yeah there probably is, but just know. Pray for me and I'm good and want to see what the Lord has for me. So Paul, a prophet told him to get into trouble if you go because I'm going and if it means death. I'm going for the Dow was the act of a prophet in the church. However, we told you and Paul will explain now prophecy in the New Testament is far more than just foretelling the future. Oftentimes, like the prophets of the Old Testament. It is just forth telling the truth.

You're just speaking for something from the Lord, like the prophets would speak to Judah. The word of the Lord. It wasn't necessarily about their future all the time was just this is the will of God is what God wants for you. It was a special declaration for special time to pursue love, desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy now these and tell you why prop prophecy is more preferable than tongues, for he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him.

However, in the spirit he speaks mysteries in the second chapter of the book of acts on the day of Pentecost when they were speaking in that initial manifestation of tongues in Jerusalem, which is a bit different than the manifestation of the Corinthian steel. The essence of it was the same day in Jerusalem said how is it that we hear, each in our own native language them, declaring the wonderful works of God. They were worshiping God.

They were praising God in the 10th chapter of the book of acts when the Holy Spirit came upon the Gentiles in Antioch. It says that the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they magnify the Lord again its worship.

So what Paul is going to do in this chapter, show us the difference between the gift of prophecy which is preferable and the gift of tongues which is acceptable and desirable, but in the church not preferable in the church, intelligent languages, preferable non-intelligent intelligent language or language you don't understand is not preferable.

So he's going to show us the difference. First of all the difference in the direction tongues is directed upward to God. Prophecy is not prophecy is directed downward to the church command from God. Prophecy is God speaking. The man tongues is man speaking to God.

So there's a difference in direction. Also there is a difference in intelligibility when you speak in a tongue you don't know what you're saying unless you have a corresponding gift of interpretation or somebody else has that gift and tells you what you just said when you speak in a word of prophecy in your language you understand you get it. Also there is a difference in edification. When you speak in a tongue you don't edify anybody else around you. It doesn't help anybody around you only edify yourself when you speak prophecy you edify everybody else's listening to.

They understand that they get it beautiful so you speaks in a tongue.

Here's the direction does not speak to men but to God that wraps up Skip message in the series expound first Corinthians 2 Skip to tell you about how you can keep encouraging messages like this one coming away as you help connect others to the good news of Jesus. God gave us the Holy Spirit to help us live out our faith and we want to help you live Spirit empowered life.

That's why it's our priority to share these biblical teachings with friends like you and you can join us in helping connect even more people to God's word to your gift today. Here's how you can do that you can give online@connectwithskip.com/donate. That's connectwithskip.com/donate or call 800-922-1888, 800-922-1888. Thank you tomorrow Skip Heitzigs of shares about the purpose of prophetic gifts you can know that they're being used properly, fiber prophesies is something a word from the Lord a message for buildup.

Spira is from God to men who speaks in the tongue.

There is edify with you prophesies edifies some


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