By John A. Huffman, Jr.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Twenty-third in a series
1 Corinthians 14:26-40
So, my friends, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues; but all things should be done decently and in order. (
1 Corinthians 14:39-40)
During the past year, we have been preaching/teaching in the book of
Then you remember how Paul quickly shifted gears to stress the temporal nature of these gifts and the importance that all of our religious activity, in fact all of our life existence, be undergirded by agape love. So, we've noted that
In our last message, we saw how he took the controversial matter of the gift of tongues, which was prioritized by some Corinthian Christians as the ultimate evidence of spirituality, and fit it into its place as one of the valid gifts, yet lesser in importance. He prioritized the spiritual gift of prophecy, the forth-telling of God's truth. Now he reemphasizes that as he concludes this teaching about gifts with a discussion of corporate worship.
Now, let's address the theme orderly worship.
It's a healthy theme with which to begin this new program year. It's appropriate to stop and contemplate worship.