Tongues Verses The Gift of Tongues
Wednesday, July 24, 2015 Spiritual Gifts: The Making of a Team Part 13 Rev. DJ Breden Tongues Verses the Gifts of Tongues and the Proper Use of the Gift 1. Baptism of the Holy of the Holy Spirit a. This is promised to ___________________ believer i. Matthew 3:11 "I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. ii. Acts 1:5-8 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit." (6) Then they gathered around him and asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?" (7) He said to them: "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. (8) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." b. It is a separate experience from the ___________________ experience i. Acts 8:12-17 But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. (13) Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw. (14) When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria. (15) When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, (16) because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. (17) Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. c. Tongues is the Physical Evidence that a believer has been baptized in the Holy Spirit i. Our view on any doctrine must be based not on experience, but on Scripture. The experience must be judged by and conform to Scripture. The truth of tongues as the initial, physical evidence of Holy Spirit baptism is based on Scripture. ii. The disciples were told in Luke 24:49 to tarry until they were endued with power from on high. How were they to know they had received? By faith or by a sign? The disciples left the upper room knowing they had tarried until they received. Peter boldly declared to the assembled crowd that what they had OBSERVED was the fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy which they, too, could experience. Peter did not lay hands on them in Cornelius’ house, yet he knew they had received the “like gift.” Paul knew the Ephesian Christians had received when he laid hands on them “for they spoke with TONGUES. 1. Act 2:4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. 2. Acts 10:44-46 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. (45) The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. (46) For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter said, d. They are a sign to ___________________ e. The argument against tongues i. The Apostle Paul’s Very Own Words 1. 1 Corinthians 14:19 But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue. ii. This phrase is what brings us to our main lesson and discussion tonight. The Gift of Tongues 1. Setting them Straight a. The Apostle Paul wrote verse 9 of chapter 14 to address some problems of the Corinthian church. b. He was setting ___________________ in the church. i. 1 Corinthians 14:26-33 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up. (27) If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. (28) If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and to God. (29) Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. (30) And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. (31) For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. (32) The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. (33) For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord's people. c. He actually is a proponent of tongues in the same chapter. d. What is the purpose of this gift? i. Sign to ___________________ 1. 1Co 14:22 Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is not for unbelievers but for believers. ii. ___________________ of the Church 1. 1 Corinthians 14:2-12 For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. (3) But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. (4) Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. (5) I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified. (6) Now, brothers and sisters, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or word of instruction? (7) Even in the case of lifeless things that make sounds, such as the pipe or harp, how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes? (8) Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? (9) So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air. (10) Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning. (11) If then I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying, I am a foreigner to the speaker, and the speaker is a foreigner to me. (12) So it is with you. Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church. e. Controlling this Gift i. They never overrule the Pastor 1. 1 Corinthians 14:32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. There should only be one at a time. 2. 1 Corinthians 14:30 And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. ii. There should be two and no more than three in a service. 1. 1 Corinthians 14:27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. There should always be an interpretation iii. It must ___________________ 2. Questions to Ponder a. In what ways do you use your gift at home, at work, in relationships with friends? b. What other gifts best complement tongues, and enable you to increase the value and impact of your communication gifts? c. In what ways can you improve your use and knowledge of your gift? d. Where do other people see evidence of this gift in your life?