Summary: Tongues & Prophecy Part 2 – sermon by Gordon Curley PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email:

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(1). Prophecy and the Insider (vs 1-19).

• Tongues don’t edify the Church but prophecy does (vs 2-4)

• Tongues don't benefit the hearer without an interpreter, but prophecy benefits everyone (vs 5-15).

• Tongues don't instruct the assembly, but prophecy does (vs 16-19).

(2). Prophecy and the Outsider (vs 20-25).

• The purpose of the gift of tongues (vs 20-22).

• The response to the gift of tongues (vs 23-25).

(3). Principles to follow (vs 26-40).

• The edification principle (vs 26)

• The procedure principle (vs 27a)

• The interpretation principle (vs 27b-28)

• The silence – subjection principle (vs 34-35)

• The dignity principle (vs 36-37)



• Last week I was at a three day evangelists conference;

• One of the speakers there was a vicar called Jonathan Fletcher,

• Who was the vicar of Immanuel Church London.

• He was telling the story of how he sometimes gets things wrong;

• i.e. When the Mel Gibson film ‘The passion of the Christ’ came out in the cinemas;

• His Church decided to do some evangelism;

• By handing out some leaflets to the people coming out of the cinema.

• After a while he had given out all his leaflets;

• So he found another Church member and asked her ‘How many have you given out’

• Her reply was, ‘None, because the film isn’t over yet!’

• He had already given his fifty leaflets away;

• Before it dawned on him that he was giving out leaflets;

• To people who had been to see ‘Scooby Doo 2’!

• The leaflet they got started by saying,

• “If there is anything you did not understand in the film and if you would like further help, then please contact etc.”

• TRANSITION: We all at sometimes get things wrong!

• Classic example is the Church at Corinth!

• They had spiritual gifts in abundance;

• But they got it very wrong when it came to using those gifts!

• And many a Church since then has made the same mistakes.


• Last week we spent our timing defining the terms ‘tongues and prophesy’.

• If you were not here, then do listen to the talk which is available on the website.

• For the sake of time we are not coving that ground again.

• This morning we are carrying on the outworking of tongues and prophesy.

• In a local Church setting.

• We will look at this Church in Corinth and the instructions given to them.

Note: I also shared 4 principles last week that I want to remind you of:

• First: We are studying 1st Corinthians, not just tongues and prophesy.

• So do not expect every question answered on tongues and prophesy.

• Second: The main subject of chapters 12-14 is spiritual gifts

• And not just tongues and prophesy – do not miss out on the bigger picture.

• That is why this chapter is part of a section starting at chapter 12 finishing in verse 40.

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