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Summary: Tongues (Prayer Language) is when the spirit of man is praying to God or speaking for God in a language the speaker has never learned. Tonight, I want you know the difference between prophetic tongue & private tongue.

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9-5-12 Tongues 6 Dr. Mike Fogerson

A Tongues (Prayer Language) is when the spirit of man is praying to God or speaking for God in a language the speaker has never learned (1 Cor. 14.2).

2 For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands , but in his spirit he speaks mysteries. 1 Cor 14:2 (NASB)

1 There are over 6,000 known languages.

a There is also a language of the spiritual realm (1 Cor. 13.1) which is given by the Holy Spirit (Acts 2.4).

1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 1 Cor 13:1 (NASB)

4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues , as the Spirit was giving them utterance . Acts 2:4 (NASB)

b Praying in a prayer language is not understood unless there is an interpretation given (1 Cor. 14.13-15).

13 Therefore let one who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret.14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.15 What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also. 1 Cor 14:13-15 (NASB)

c Mark 16.17, Jesus spoke of tongues as a authentication of the mission of the believer.

17 "These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; Mark 16:17 (NASB)

2 Tonight, I want you know the difference between prophetic tongue & private tongue (1 Cor. 14.5)

5 Now I wish that you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy; and greater is one who prophesies than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may receive edifying. 1 Cor 14:5 (NASB)

a Confusion has arisen over the use and exercise of these two manifestations of prayer language.

b Prophetic tongues bring revelation to the church (Requires an interpretation);

Private tongue is a prayer experience, which is private/ requires no interpretation)

aa These are separate gifts, serve different purposes.

bb 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. 1 Cor 14:14 (NASB)

3 I believe if we could have sat in on a worship service in the early church that we would have heard people speaking in tongues regularly/normative.

a Acts 10.46, the churched used tongues to magnify God.

46 For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God. Then Peter answered, Acts 10:46 (NASB)

aa Col. 3.16, indicates singing in the Spirit (could have been singing in tongues).

16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Col 3:16 (NASB)

bb If tongues (uninterpreted) had a place in corporate worship services in the first century then we’ve change our thinking on prayer languages.

b If carefully led and the church body is flowing together, prayer language can certainly bring glory to God.


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