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Refuse to Be Silent!

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Context: Where does this fit in the Big Picture of God's Glory?

The last major change in the work of God in this world until the parousia
The coming of the Holy Spirit; the Birthday of the Church

Overview: What's going on here?

Gathered in prayer
Speaking in Tongues
Let’s chase this rabbit:
This is the only time in the text of Scripture that speaking in tongues is actually described. The other mentions of tongues: Acts 10, 17, 1 Corinthians 12-14, address guidelines and issues for tongues but do not describe them happening.
My understanding of tongues (matches Holman Bible Dictionary, Lexham Bible Dictionary) is that it was the supernatural empowerment to spread the Gospel in a language not able to be adequately studied. That’s how it shows up here—that seems to be the purpose inherent in Corinth (speech for outsiders)
There is some testimony of this continuing at times to this day but this does not excuse learning a foreign language. Or translating the Bible into “heathen” tongues—after all, if Caedmon, Bede, Wyclif, and Tyndale did for the Anglo-Saxons, why should it not be done for others?

Reflection: Why does this matter?

Psalm 64:9 CSB
Then everyone will fear and will tell about God’s work, for they will understand what he has done.
It is a consistent theme throughout Acts that the people of God just cannot shut up about what God has done.,

Expectations: What do we do about it?

Romans 10:10 CSB
One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.
Matthew 28:19–20 CSB
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Mark 16:15 CSB
Then he said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
Commit to pray
Who are you praying for?
Who are you asking to pray for?
Commit to invite
Your house
yes, your messy home
your home with a dog that won’t shut up
your home with your chaos
because everybody’s got chaos and seeing Jesus Lord in the midst of chaos is what we need
Commit to tell
More than you tell anything else
More than you brag on your finest moments
More than you harp on other’s biggest failures
With all of your life
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