Speaking in Tongues

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on January 17, 2011
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Acts 2 At the beginning of the Church, they all spoke in tongues.

Acts 8
We learn tongues is not necessarily automatic each time someone gets saved; rather, instruction must be given so a person can believe.

Mark 16:17
"These signs will accompany those who have believed: in my name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues;

Acts 10 and 11
The undeniable evidence was they spoke in tongues.

Acts 19 the 12
Disciples at Ephesus spoke with tongues and prophesied.

1Corinthians 12:1
To understand rightly any topic within an epistle, we must always interpret within the immediate context and that of the entire epistle.

The topic of concern in chapter 12 is unity in the Church with diversity.

The gift is the holy spirit, and the nine listed are manifestations of the same spirit. Everyone who has the spirit can do these things, but not everyone does.

We need each other.

Topic is love manifested in the Church.

14:1- ff
Primary topic is the proper use of tongues in the Church meetings.

The spirit gives the utterance so the one speaking, never understands.

5 and 13
One who speaks in tongues must interpret so everyone can understand.

14 and 15
Tongues is praying in the spirit. The person determines.

16 and 17
Tongues is blessing or praising God and giving thanks well.

Tongues is for private prayer life.

Everything must be done for the edification of the whole Church, not just yourself. 37-40

Heb 13:15
The sacrifice of praise and thanks cannot be mandated.

A grateful heart and thanksgiving are holy and godly attitudes that are pleasing to God, others, and self but cannot be forced, enforced, dictated, commanded.

12:1 Now concerning spiritual matters, brothers, I would not have you ignorant.
12:31 Earnestly desire the greater gifts and I show you a still more excellent way.
14:1 Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual matters, but especially that you may prophesy.
14:5 Now I wish that you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy; and greater is one who prophesies than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may receive edifying.
14:38AV But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.
14:39 and 40 Therefore, my brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in tongues, but all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner.

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