• Tabernacle Baptist Church

Word Centered Worship (1 Corinthians 14:26-40)

INTRO

  • Remember… Chapters 11-14. Worship in the church

  • Guidance for worship

  • Practical applications: Tongues, Prophecy, Gender Roles

  • EDIFICATION AND ORDER

  • BOOK END VERSES 26 & 40BUILDING UP

  • All things done

  • Building up

  • Order


THE IMPORTANCE OF EDIFICATION AND ORDER – vv. 26-28


Brothers… Come together

  • FIRST…. Notice that the church is to come TOGETHER

  • Corporate. No such thing as an online church

  • Online can strengthen, but it cannot be THE CHURCH

1 Thess. 5:11 – Each believer. “Build one another up”

Eph. 4:11 – Church leadership. “He gave…for building up”


Each one has…

  • Not a specific list of what is done during the gathering.

  • Would appear that it is a list of how they had gotten off track

  • Notice… all speaking/verbal

  • Can you imagine the impact… confusion/chaotic


THE MISUSE OF TONGUES – vv. 27-28

  • Two or three at most

  • One at a time

  • SOMEONE INTERPRET

  • Known tongue

  • Heavenly utterance


THE MISUSE OF PROPHECY – vv. 29-33

  • Two or three

  • Weigh what is said

  • Prophet to Prophet

  • Word interprets the Word

  • God is not a God of Confusion


THE MISUSE OF GENDER ROLES – vv. 34-35

  • Both men and female were at fault

  • NT context women had very few rights (much like today in the Middle East)

  • In the church they found a voice and purpose

  • Here… they were being a little overzealous. Men and Women were both creating chaos and confusion

  • In this context… Speaking during the gathering

  • Imagine the confusion… prophecy, women questioning the prophecy

  • Imagine today if women (anyone) started questioning the preaching during the message

  • Men and Women are both gifted and crucial for the ministry of the church

  • God has called and gifted us for specific roles

  • In the home

  • In the church

  • The role and responsibilities of men and women

  • 1 Cor. 11:3-5; Eph. 5:22-25; Col. 3:18-25; 1 Tim 2:8-12


THE IMPORTANCE OF EDIFICATION AND ORDER – vv. 36-40


Paul sarcastically addresses the potential of their resistance.

  • He reminds them of divine authority

  • Word came – v. 36

  • Command of the Lord – v. 37

Today… we must keep the Word the main thing.

  • Remember, then tongues and prophecy were the means of communicating God’s truth to his people.

  • We now have the Bible

  • The importance of the authority of the spoken word

  • Preaching and teaching

  • We should desire to “be under” the preaching and teaching of the Word

  • Fellowship is great, Groups are great… but the WORD is foundational for growing as a person and as a church.

Concluding Encouragement

  • Utilize your gifts… BUT ONLY IF IT IS BENEFICIAL TO BUILD UP THE CHURCH – v. 40

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