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Summary: Do our Sunday morning structures make room For Jesus to be Lord of teh Church?

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THE WAY WE DO CHURCH

1Corinthians 14:26-33 February 13, 2000

By Pastor Rick MacDonald

INTRODUCTION

A. W. Tozer says, a real Christian is an odd person. He feels supreme love for One whom he has never seen; talks familiarly every day to Someone he cannot see; expects to go to heaven on the virtue of another; empties himself in order to be full; admits he is wrong so he can be declared right; goes down in order to get up; is strongest when he is weakest; richest when he is poorest and happiest when he feels the worst. He dies so he can live; forsakes in order to have; gives away so he can keep; sees the invisible, hears the inaudible, and knows that which passes knowledge.

True spirituality manifests itself in certain dominant desires.

1. When we desire to be holy rather than happy.

2. When we want to see the honor of God advanced through our lives even if it means we must suffer temporary dishonor or loss.

3. When we want to carry our cross.

4. When we see everything from God’s viewpoint.

5. When we desire to die right rather than to live wrong.

6. When we desire to see others advance at his expense.

7. When we make eternity-judgments instead of time-judgments.

Therefore, anyone who opens his personality to the living Spirit takes a risk of being considerably shaken.

I. WHEN WE GATHER

1 Corinthians 14:26 - What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.

A. It is very hard to define the New Testament church. It is almost like nailing jello to the wall! Every time you think you have grasped it, it slips between your fingers.

1. From the earliest times, Christians felt the need to meet and share together.

2. They shared their God given spiritual gifts for each other’s benefit.

3. Everything done contributes to

a. the understanding of the mind,

b. the uplifting of the spirit,

c. the encouraging of the heart.

4. This is the basis of meeting in the early church, and it still is today.

B. Gathering together should have this view - Let all be done to edifying.

1. Free participation without disorder.

II. THE MATTER OF RULES ABOUT TONGUES

1 Corinthians 14:27-28- If anyone speaks in a tongue, it should be by two or at the most three, and each in turn, and let one interpret; {28} but if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in the church; and let him speak to himself and to God.

A. Three simple limits govern the matter of the exercise of the biblical gift of tongues.

1. Only a few should speak.

a. Why?

1. It’s an emotional experience, and too much emotion can be destructive.

2. Too little emotion is destructive too.

3. This is why Paul is trying to bring a balance.

b. There is to be no duplication or multiplicity of speakers speaking all at once so that everyone may reap the benefits of the ministry of tongues.

1. As an exhultation

2. As an exhortation

3. As a correction

2. It must be interpreted.

3. If no one is able to interpret, then no one is to speak in tongues in the church because tongues must be interpreted for edification.


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