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Summary: Our worship is to be intelligible.

LOUD AND CLEAR

I Corinthians 14:1-5 (quickview) 

S: Prophesy

C: Intelligibility

Th: Orderly Worship

Pr: OUR WORSHIP IS TO BE INTELLIGIBLE.

?: How? How do we make worship intelligible?

KW: Practices

TS: We will find in our study of I Corinthians 14:1-5 (quickview)  five practices that will help our worship to be intelligible.

Type: Expository, Propositional

The ____ practice is to…

I. CHASE AFTER LOVE (1)

II. COVET PROPHESY (1)

III. CONCEDE TONGUES’ WEAKNESS (2-4)

IV. COMPREHEND PROPHESY’S STRENGTH (2-4)

V. COMMUNICATE CLEARLY (5)

PA: How is the change to be observed?

• Think of others over self.

• Speak what God brings to your mind.

• Aim to build the church.

Version: ESV

RMBC 16 January 05 AM

INTRODUCTION:

Have you ever struggled with communication?

ILL personal

My family is filled with those who have communicated for a living.

For example, my great-grandfather on my mom’s side was a Baptist pastor.

My dad was a teacher and a principal.

On Dondra’s side, her dad is a pastor and her mom is a teacher.

So you think there wouldn’t be a struggle in this area.

Yet, when JJ was two years old, he showed no real interest in English as a means of communication. He would talk, but it was gibberish, all with the correct inflection. But there was no English, until one day, a school bus could be seen driving by from our living room window, and he said “bus.”

But JJ came by it honestly. When I was three, I did not do any kind of conversation with people. In fact, I did rather well with one word sentences and a lot of pointing.

But to be truthful, it is my dad that takes the prize in this matter. He spoke very little through age five, and most of it was not English. In fact, what he spoke resembled English, but was purely of his own making. For example, whenever he saw a horse, he would call it “gorky.”

My poor grandmother…

When it came time to send my Dad to Kindergarten, she was a bit distraught. Was he ready? He doesn’t even speak the language (though he did seem to understand it)! Was there something wrong with her child?

Kindergarten turned out not to be any problem. In fact, after one week of classes, as my grandmother prepared to read my dad a book at bedtime, he stopped her, and then read the whole story to her from beginning to end.

I guess a lot he had been going on in that mind!

But until he communicated in an intelligible way, no one knew it.

TRANSITION:

You know…

1. Our corporate worship doesn’t work if we don’t understand each other.

If, when I speak, it makes no sense to you, you are going to be frustrated.

You are going to wonder why you came.

Understanding what was going on was a problem the church in Corinth had.

And before I tell you why that was a problem, let us note that…

2. The worship in Corinth was confusing.

It was not supposed to be, but it was.

You may remember, if you were here for our studies last year, that Paul writes a letter to this church that consistently and lovingly challenges them to get their act together.

They were Christians, but they often did not act like it.

They were possessors of the Holy Spirit, but the way they treated one another, put that fact into question.


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