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Questions And Answers About Speaking In Tongues

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Sermon shared by Bill Burnett

November 2003
Summary: Paul answers the Corinthians questions about speaking in Tongues
Denomination: Foursquare
Audience: Believer adults
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according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.
1 Cor 1:27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;

How many know that if God gets a hold of our tongue Ė weíre in good shape?

Letís keep an open mind today as to what the scriptures teach.

1 Cor 14:1 Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.

Paul reminds them that they must pursue love in whatever gift that we might have.

4. Objections To Speaking In Tongues

F. "Iíve Heard That Tongues Is Of The Devil?"

"Is It Possible That People Who Speak In Tongues Are Given Over To Satanic Influence?"

Story of Ron Rearick in prison.

Satan will always counterfeit the real in order to stop people from receiving the fullness of Christ.

However, fear of the counterfeit cannot be a proper motivation for the believer. Itís faith not fear that leads me to an experience with the Lord Jesus.

Banks deal with the counterfeit by having their workers become familiar with the real. The same goes with us.

Get to know Jesus and Heíll help you to deal with the counterfeit.

Luke 11:11 "If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish?
Luke 11:12 "Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
Luke 11:13 "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!"

In the protection of Godís love I can be assured that when I ask for the Holy Spirit, thatís exactly what Iíll receive.

Donít be afraid of the Holy Spirit by the bad experiences youíve had.

G. People Who Speak In Tongues Are Only Making The Words Up And They Have No Meaning To God Or Anyone Else.

One of the reasons this doubt stumbles so many is a basic misunderstanding of the operations or functions of the Holy Spirit.

He has been given to us as the helper and as an aid. It is Godís gift of support. But He is not the Divine Doer.

The Holy Spirit helps but does not do what God is requesting that you do. God offers assistance, but He will not do anything that removes our responsibility.

Acts 2:4 ? "They spoke in tongues." Not the Holy Spirit.

Nowhere in the Bible does it say the Holy Spirit takes over the believer while He speaks in and experiencing tongues, for then He would be a doer rather then a Helper.

Example Ė walking in the market and praying in my heavenly languageÖ

A. QUESTIONS ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT AND TONGUES

A. "WHAT EXACTLY IS HAPPENING WHEN A PERSON SPEAKS IN TONGUES?

1- First ? according to Acts ? the first disciples who spoke in tongues were telling of the wonderful works of God.

Acts 2:5 And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven.
Acts 2:6 And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.
Acts 2:7 Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, "Look, are not all these who speak Galileans?
Acts 2:8 "And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we
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