Like the Corinthians, we are prone to make one HUGE mistake when we contemplate what it means to be Spiritual – and that is we go inward. We look for sensation. Paul makes it very clear that the point of everything in public worship is NOT some experience in the Spirit, but is the building up of the people who are around me. – that is a fundamental element of what it means to come to WORSHIP. If we are growing in selflessness, we are preparing for heaven, but growing in selfishness is truly preparing for hell! Self is such a horrible prison. Only Christ releases us from that prison and that is why the greatest expression of Spirituality is Christlike service!
Pastor Drew is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He got his Masters of Divinity in 2010 and has been planting Omega OPC in Williamsport PA, since then. Check out some sermons by Pastor Drew Adcock Related Sermons Called What? (1 Corinthians 1:1-3) August 7, 2016 Lying About Christ (1 Corinthians 1:4-17) August 14, 2016 Wisdom that is Not wise (1 Corinthians 1:18-31) August 21, 2016 Mesmerized by Christ Crucified (1 Corinthians 2:1-5) August 29, 2016 Babies and Builder (1 Corinthians 3:1-15) September 11, 2016 All Things are Your’s! (1 Corinthians 3:16-23) September 18, 2016 The Kingdom Not in Talk (1 Corinthians 4:1-21) September 25, 2016 Purge the Evil (1 Corinthians 5:1-13) October 2, 2016 Otherworldly Etiquette (1 Corinthians 6:1-11) October 9, 2016 Conquest of Our Bodies (1 Corinthians 6:12-20) October 17, 2016 Super-Spiritual Misconceptions (1 Corinthians 7:1-16) October 23, 2016 Otherworldly… (read more)
1 Corinthians 14:1-19
14:1 Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. 2 For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. 3 On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. 4 The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church. 5 Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up.
6 Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching? 7 If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will anyone know what is played? 8 And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle? 9 So with yourselves, if with your tongue you utter speech that is not intelligible, how will anyone know what is said? For you will be speaking into the air. 10 There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning, 11 but if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me. 12 So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.
13 Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray for the power to interpret. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful. 15 What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also. 16 Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say “Amen” to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying? 17 For you may be giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not being built up. 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. 19 Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.