In which I talk about tongues, seeing the future, and mutual edification.
This week we’ll be talking about the spirit-given gift of prophecy versus the gift of tongues, as seen in 1 Corinthians 14: 1-25.
Okay, for the uninitiated, a little explanation. Prophecy, in this sense, is not about divining the future, and more about outlining a truth from God for the congregation. Kind of like preaching, but in a more communal and spontaneous way. Tongues are speaking in a language you do not know. Someone can interpret what you say, or you can seem to just spout gibberish for a while.
These don’t happen that much in my church (and by not much I mean not at all).
The Corinthians, on the other hand, had a little debate going about which was better, tongues or prophecy. Paul’s pretty clear on this point:
4 Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. 5 I would like every…
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