Summary: A look at applying the spiritual gifts to our service

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Text: 1 Corinthians 14

Title: Applying Spiritual Gifts (Part 2)


If 1 Corinthians 12 was about discovering spiritual gifts; 1 Corinthians 14 is about the application of spiritual gifts.

Summarize the chapter under the following 4 headings

1.Our prayer

2.Our preference

3.Our parameters

4.Our participation

1.Our prayer (v1)

“Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts.”

“…and eagerly desire spiritual gifts.”

A. Not to have “I can take it or leave it” mentality towards the spiritual gifts

B.No. I am to eagerly desire spiritual gifts

C.Not just to desire but to… eagerly desire spiritual gifts

D.I am to pray with passion for the manifestation of spiritual gifts

E.One translation says “make spiritual gifts your aspiration.”

F.James says; “you have not because you ask not.”

G.Interpretation- you don’t have spiritual gifts because you don’t ask for spiritual gifts.

-“if you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.” (Lk. 11:13)

H. Refuse to have spiritual apathy- we have no desire for more of God; more of the spiritual gifts

I. Prayer of intercession-“I will not let you go until you bless me.”

J. Challenge –for each of us to eagerly desire spiritual gifts

2. Our preference

“Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church.”(v12)

A.Notice that Paul makes a distinction with the spiritual gifts.

B.Certain gifts build up the church and certain gifts don’t.

C.Which gifts does Paul prefer that we excel it? The gifts that build up the church.

D.Question: Which specific spiritual gifts build up the church?


1. The gift of prophecy. “Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. (v1) How does the gift of prophesy build up the church? “But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort (v3); he who prophesies edifies the church (v4)

The gift of prophesy ministers to believers for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.

The gift of prophesy is to be eagerly desired because it also ministers to unbelievers. “if a unbeliever or someone who does not understand comes in while everybody is prophesying, he will be judged by all, and the secrets of his heart will be laid bare. So he will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you.”(v24-25)

Spiritual gifts # 2 and 3. The gifts of tongues and the interpretation of tongues.

“For anyone who speaks in a tongue …utters mysteries with his spirit. (v2) For this reason anyone who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret what he says. (v13)…so that the church may be edified. (v5)

Utters mysteries/interprets the mysteries thereby also edifying the church

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