Speaking In Tongues… Why Don’t We Like Talking About It?

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Speaking In Tongues… Why Don’t We Like Talking About It?

Why don’t we like talking about tongues?

Acts 2:1-12 ”When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.

                        5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,

                        10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

  • Tongues is a language that is unknown to the user that speaks praise to God
  • It is the launching platform for the church
  • It is the initial spiritual gift that the Holy Spirit poured out on the church.

Spectrum of people’s attitude towards tongues:

  • I don’t know what tongues is
  • I am against the gift of tongues
  • I am uncomfortable with the gift of tongues
  • I am okay with it, but don’t necessarily want it for my life.
  • I am interested in this gift for my life.
  • I have this spiritual gift, but I don’t use it much
  • I have this spiritual gift and use it as a regular part of my spiritual life.

 

There are two ways that this gift is used.

  • Public use
  • Private use

1 Corinthians 14 primarily deals with the public use of tongues

1 Corinthians 14: 1-2

                Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. 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.

  • Choose the way of love
  • Eagerly desire gifts of the spirit

1 Corinthians 12:11  

                        All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

                1 Corinthians 12:29-31

                        29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.

  • The Holy Spirit gives out gifts as he determines
  • We are to eagerly desire spiritual gifts

1 Corinthians 14: 1-2

                Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. 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.

  • Who are you speaking to when you speak in tongues? God
  • It is a prayer by the Spirit
  • It is a prayer from within your spirit

               

1 Corinthians 14:14

                For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.

RECAP –

  • Tongues is a spiritual gift the Holy Spirit gives
  • It is a prayer within a person’s spirit
  • It bypasses the understanding of the brain.

1 Corinthians 14:18-19 ”I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. 19 But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.”

  • He is not putting tongues down.
    He is putting guidelines up for how to use the gift within a church service.

1 Corinthians 14:3-5 ”But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. 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.

TONGUES IS THE ONLY SPIRITUAL GIFT GEARED TOWARD THE INDIVIDUAL BELIEVER

JOY

  • J – Jesus
  • O – Others
  • Y – Yourself

There are public and private uses for the gift of tongues:

  • It was the first spiritual gift in the church community
  • Speaking in tongues was a common occurrence in the New Testament Church
  • There were misuses of the gift of tongues in the New Testament Church
  • Speaking in tongues is a prayer from our spirit
  • Speaking in tongues is speaking to God
  • Speaking in tongues is not forbidden
  • It was an integral part of the Apostle Paul’s life
  • 1 Corinthians 14 focuses on public gatherings and building up the church
  • Paul’s emphasis on prophecy in the church does not diminish the importance of the gift of tongues.
  • It is a work of Jesus to Baptize us in the Holy Spirit

”I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

–          Jesus  (Mark 1:8)

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