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Let’s turn to the New Testament, book of 1 Corinthians. We’re in 1 Corinthians 14 for those of you who have maybe been traveling in recent months. In July and August, we had a sermon series on the Holy Spirit, entitled “The Gift of God’s Spirit”. I believe we’ve had about eight sermons on this, and Lord willing, we’ll finish next Sunday that the 10th message in the series. If you’d like to get caught up in anything you missed, we were thankful for our Web team. Each week faithfully puts the sermons online and we invite you to go to the website and get caught up on the series. Especially you might want to listen to last week if you weren’t with us. In that, today is kind of part two on spiritual gifts, a thing we began last Sunday.
ICMK is a charismatic church. I am a charismatic pastor, every member of ICMK is a charismatic Christian, and I’m seeing some confused faces. The English word “charismatic”, it simply comes from the Greek word used in the New Testament “Karismata”, that you see on the screen, which means spiritual gifts. Last Sunday, we learned that every Christian is equipped with spiritual gifts given by God’s spirit. Therefore, if you are a true follower of Jesus Christ, you have received at least one of the Karismata. You are a charismatic Christian. Now I know that that’s not the way we normally use the word charismatic. We normally use that word when we’re referring to maybe more of the miraculous spiritual gifts, things like speaking in tongues or healings and such. Last week, we gave this general definition for spiritual gifts, it’s an ability or a capacity given by the Holy Spirit, to each believer to serve, to serve God and to serve others. Last week we talked about a few kinds of general categories of spiritual guests. We talk about speaking gifts and serving gifts. Whereas this morning’s message, we’re going to focus now on sign gifts. Spiritually gift that might seem a bit more dramatic or out of the ordinary. Our theme this morning is the Holy Spirit and Miracles. For this study, we’re going to have a survey of 1 Corinthians 14 and I trust we’re going to take away two main things from this chapter.
First of all, scripture calls us to desired spiritual gifts as a church was supposed to long for, and pray and seek for the presence and the work of the Holy Spirit in our church gatherings. Secondly, we’re going to see from this passage that scripture calls us to discern, to discern between the true work of the Holy Spirit and the fake. There are things which are not genuinely of God’s spirit. And I trust we’re going to see both of these lessons from an early church that lived back in the first century in the ancient city of Corinth. And we’re going to see in this chapter, there was some misunderstanding about miraculous gifts and there was conflict in the church as a result. But before we read this chapter and before we consider that situation. I want to begin briefly, first of all, with this initial point, on the purpose of miracles. A simple definition we can give for miracles is a miracle is something that cannot be explained by natural means. Now, certainly all of the spiritual gifts are supernatural in that the spirit gives them to us. But we can say in some sense, speaking gifts and serving gifts have some sort of parallels. In the secular normal world in which we live, we see similarities. But some gifts, guess we could label sign gifts, don’t seem to have any natural explanation or natural parallel and we could put into that category things like casting out of demons or healing sicknesses in dramatic ways. Certainly, we read of miracles like these, all throughout Scripture, we go to the Old Testament, the first half of the bible, which describes what God was doing before Jesus came to earth and we see several reasons for miracles. We see the purpose that God was displaying his power, that mankind would know who he is. We see a purpose of miracles being that God was rescuing and helping his needy people. We see a purpose of miracles being a sign of who the true prophets were, who, whom the people of Israel should listen to, God gave miracles through them, such as to Elijah and Elisha and so in the Old Testament, a purpose of miracles. We see these dramatic ways that God brought about his will on earth and in his people. Whereas we come to the life of Jesus and we see, similarly the miracles in Jesus’s life are called signs which revealed the identity of who Jesus was. Remember the very first miracle Jesus did, we read in John’s Gospel. Remember when it was at the wedding feast, turning the water into wine. What was the purpose of His first miracle? John 2:11, it manifested his glory, it revealed, it testified. To testify who Jesus was and so the Holy Spirit, working through Jesus doing miracles and Jesus life showed, he’s the Son of God. He is the promised Messiah, and in these miracles, we saw this preview of the perfect kingdom that will be on this planet Earth, when Jesus returns one day and we’ll all experience that perfect kingdom. That was a purpose showing who Jesus was. Jesus went back up into heaven and we see that he sent his spirit to the church and we see them that Jesus’s followers continued to be empowered by the Holy Spirit doing miracles. The lives of the apostles, we see for instance, 1 Thessalonians 15, Paul says, our gospel came to you not only in words, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. Jesus was gone. Nobody could talk to him. The New Testament had not been written yet. Why would anyone listen to the apostles? Why would anyone believe that this Jesus really did rise from the dead? The Holy Spirit was testifying through the apostles. It’s true. Look at the mighty works that Jesus’s followers are doing and so we see in the apostles this unique authority, they were given by Christ to establish the church, to write the New Testament and to show this authority that they were equipped by the Holy Spirit with miracles. 2 Corinthians 12:12, the signs of a true apostle was performed among you, with utmost patience with signs and wonders and mighty works. So, we can see the purpose. We can see the need for miracles in Jesus’s life and in the Apostle’s life as well. But we saw last week in 1 Corinthians 12, a letter written to a regular church, not to apostles, that there were also miraculous gifts given to other believers there at the start of the church, not just two apostles and these miraculous gifts were a way the Holy Spirit was growing the first church. Remember what a major transition this was from the old covenant, the law of Moses, transitioning now into the new covenant, the period of the gospel that Jesus had brought and during this establishment of the church, especially again before the New Testament had been written. What was the spirit doing among believers at the start? Hebrews 2:1-4, we read this in our scripture reading of the Gospel, the Gospel was declared it first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. And so this miraculous work of the Holy Spirit helped to establish and spread the church right at it’s very beginning after Christ has ascended. So, miracles they were and they are a good gifts to the church and yet miracles have always been secondary. Miracles have always been signs pointing to the primary, pointing to the primary person and work of Jesus himself and so several times we see in Jesus’s ministry, he actually rebuked people who were too interested in miracles. For the wrong reasons, they wanted miraculously signs for their own personal benefit. We read, for instance, Matthew 16:4, Jesus says an evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, they didn’t want Jesus so much. They didn’t really believe his message, but they liked miracles. Those were kind of exciting and yet many of the people who saw His miracles did not become followers of Jesus. John 12:37, “Though He had done so many signs before them, they still did not believed in him.”. So, this is an important reminder today, miracles from God are good. The Holy Spirit working is something we should desire. We should long to see the power of God’s spirit at work in the 21st century and in the life of our church. Certainly, but miracles are never the main point, Jesus is and miracles reveal and point to Jesus. With that introduction, we turn now to 1 Corinthians 14. For this case study, we can say, addressing an issue of how the miraculous was misunderstood and not being practiced correctly. Particularly the miraculous gift of tongues and to explain this tongue is going to be contrasted with prophecy. I’m going to read a lengthy section, encourage you to follow along in your bibles or on the screen. I’m going to read 1 Corinthians 14:1-33 (verbal reading).
Let me just say it at the start. This is a hard chapter and I certainly do not understand it all and I certainly cannot explain it all to us this morning. I don’t have all the answers but God has put this chapter in his word for us, and God has given us his holy Spirit to help teach us from this. So, if we will humbly rely on the Holy Spirit and submit to his word this morning. I think we can understand this chapter well enough to follow what God is saying in it for us today. Paul’s addressing the public gatherings, the church in Corinth. For our city we could say he’s addressing our Sunday morning gathering and what we see going on in Corinth is, there was chaos in their worship services and in that sense, they were not honoring God. It appears that some were kind of showing off their spirituality, that the gifts they felt they had and that this certainly was not loving towards one another. Interesting, in the middle of these two chapters on “Spiritual Gifts”, Chapter 12 last week and Chapter 14 this week in the middle was Chapter 13 telling us, more important than any of that is our love for God and our love for one another. Notice the beginning of 1 Corinthians 13:1-2, we see a hint of this conflict in Corinth, “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” Apparently, what was going on in this church in the first century city of Corinth is, they were so focused on the miraculous. That they were missing out on the whole purpose on why the Holy Spirit has been given to us. We’ve seen what the focus of the Holy Spirit is. He’s to point us to Jesus and as the Holy Spirit leads us to Jesus. He then starts changing us and making us like Christ. And that should be so much more of an emphasis than experiencing miracles, when we think and understand the Holy Spirit. Now, spiritual gifts are certainly valuable. We saw that last week. But if we compare the emphasis in the New Testament, we see there’s much more emphasis on the New Testament on the fruit of the spirit, the character life transformation than there is on the gifts of the spirit and the church. So yes, spiritual gifts are good, and yet they could be misunderstood and they could be misused and that was going on in Corinth, and so, 1 Corinthians 14 is largely a rebuke, a gentle rebuke of this church from Paul and particularly, he’s gently rebuking the way they were practicing tongues. And the way he does this is by comparing and contrast in the gift of tongues with the gift of prophecy.
So, let’s just start with a basic definition for these gifts, and I know other preachers would give different definitions for these. So, I’m just going to use the definitions that about a year and half ago, the elders used when we talked through first Corinthians on Wednesday night. Will use those as our base definitions this morning. The gift of tongues is speaking in a language that is unknown to the speaker and to most listeners. You might not get this, but the word tongues in English is just the word language in the Greek language. In the New Testament, it’s a gift of language, is that the speaker doesn’t know. It’s not a language they’ve learned before and when that most people don’t understand either. Now they’re exceptions, right? We saw on Acts 2, at the Feast of Pentecost, the first time the gift of tongues came. There are people who have travelled from far away and they heard their native languages. They’ve never heard those spoken in Jerusalem before they recognized it, and we also see here in 1 Corinthians 14. That there’s another spiritual gift of interpretation and so the language might not be known by the speaker or anyone else in the church. Someone else led by the Holy Spirit is able to understand and interpret that language and make it known. Surveying through the chapter we see tongues can include praying, tongues can include giving thanks. But as with all of the spiritual gifts, the primary purpose for speaking in tongues is to serve and bless others. Six different times here in this chapter, it speaks of building up, building up the church, strengthening the spiritual growth of others within the family of God. Now, how could the gift of tongues be for the benefit of others for the spiritual growth of others? Well, again and in Acts 2, at Pentecost, we see that clearly there, the gift proclaims that the Gospel was for all people and many nations who had never been invited before are being invited to the Gospel, drawn to the Gospel. It announced unity in the church that was a gift to the church, whereas here in Corinthians we see that that tongues paired up with interpretation also builds up and blesses the church because there’s truth for the church to hear from God. But what we see going on in Corinth is no one was seeking interpretation. Lots of people were just speaking in ways that no one understood. The speaker didn’t understand and no one else understood and no one was interpreting and Paul says really clearly, there’s no benefit of that to the church. In I Corinthian 14:6, “if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching?”. Now, if there’s interpretation of the tongues, it would do the same thing, God’s truth would be declared, but without interpretation, Paul is so clear, tongues shouldn’t be a part of the gathering of God’s people and yet that’s exactly what was taking place in Corinth. Many people were speaking in unknown languages that remained un-interpreted and yet it feels that, the sense you get us to read the chapters, these speakers felt, really spiritual. They felt like they were close to God as sounds were coming out of their mouth that they didn’t understand and I think we can get this. Miraculous experiences are desirable. Most of us want something beyond the ordinary in our encounter with God and so words coming out of our mouth that we don’t understand can seem like a more worshipful encounter with God than just using normal English or Bahasa or Mandarin or fill in the blank. But Paul makes it really clear, those encounters weren’t helping other people follow Jesus and thus in the gathered church assembly God wasn’t being honored. And so, he confronts this and explains the problem and he does that, by comparing the way tongues was being used with another gift, the gift of prophecy. Now I think some of you know there are strong opinions on the exact definition of what the New Testament gift of prophecy was, here’s the broad definition we used in our study a year and half ago. The gift of prophecy is speaking words that come from God, it’s proclaiming divine revelation. With that definition, notice again how I Corinthians 14:1-4, begins, “Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophecy. For one who speaks in a tongue, speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.”. So, believers will grow. The church will be built up not by hearing unintelligible, ecstatic utterances but rather by hearing truth by understanding the truth by believing the truth, like trusting in the truth that they hear. Now, at this point, it’s very important, we remember what else we see in this passage. Paul is not against tongues. Tongues is a good gift to the church. What does he says in 1 Corinthians 14:18, “I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.”. What does he say down in 1 Corinthians 14:5, “Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy”, so tongues was a good gift given by the Holy Spirit. It meant primarily to bless and help others and that took place when they were understood and truth was communicated clearly. And this is why the church gathering he says, prophecy is more important. Why, 1 Corinthians 14:5 continues, “The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in a tongues, unless someone interprets so that the church may be built up.”. If we go back to 1 Corinthians 14:19, what we read, “Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.”. So, clearly when the church is gathered, hearing truth from God is more important than personal worship experiences. Remember what spiritual gifts are that their abilities or capacity is given by the Holy Spirit to serve others and the primary reason why we’ve given spiritually gifts is not for my own spiritual connection with God but for others to grow in their walk with God. And yet sadly spiritual gifts, which were meant for this kind of selfless love and unity in the church, were doing the opposite in Corinth, and often it does the same thing today as well. 1 Corinthians 14:20, “Brothers do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.”. Do you see a gentle rebuke here says you’re acting like immature children on this matter, your pride, primarily focusing on yourself and not only are you being selfish in this, but you’re being dishonoring to God in your worship gatherings. 1 Corinthians 14:33, “For God is not a God of confusion but a peace.”. There was confusion in their worship services, there was disorder, there was disruption. Many people were speaking at the same time with words that people didn’t understand and there was no interpretation being given and truth from God was not being heard, there was chaos in the worship service of Corinth. And again Paul says that there’s just no value in 1 Corinthian 14:16-17, “if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say “Amen” to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying? For you may be giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not being built up.” So, there was confusion in their church gatherings and this was potentially very damaging. As he says, 1 Corinthians 14:23, “If, therefore, the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your minds?” Non-christians could come to a church service and see this kind of chaos and be turned away from the gospel because it seems so crazy to them and that’s a pretty serious thing. Spiritually gifts are meant to bring others to the faith, not scare them away and so this is a rebuke. And yet, it’s a gentle one that’s being couch in a very positive way. Again, remember how the chapter begins, earnestly desire spiritually gifts. We should pray for and seek, the work actively of the spirit in our church. We should seek and desire this with the right motives, of course. That’s an important point because as we look at what was going on in Corinth, we see, well, they had a zeal. They had an earnest desire for spiritual experience but that zeal was misplaced in 1 Corinthians 14:12, “since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.”. In gentleness Paul is saying, you need to change, it is good that you want to see the Holy Spirit working in your church, but pursue the good of others, not just your own spiritual experience. 1 Corinthians 14:26, “What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue or interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.”. So, the miraculous gifts, the miraculous gifts like tongues were blessings from the Holy Spirit given to this church in Corinth, there’s a misunderstanding, there was some misuse, and 1 Corinthians 14 corrects that.
All right, well, what about today? I hope we all know that we don’t gather on Sundays just for history lessons. Just to talk about what those Christians back then went through. God let the apostle Paul to write this down. It’s been preserved and the authoritative word of God for us to hear God’s spirit speaking to us through this very same chapter and so, we consider next. Do miraculous gifts like tongues exist today? Well, I think you know it. It depends who you ask with this one, very different answers. But let me say this at the start. We all agree, of course miracles continued today, of course, God can and does do anything and we pray and we ask for the miraculous. Some of you have seen it. You can testify. You can testify to the miraculous healing. You can testify to the miraculous change of events as God’s people sought the power of his spirit at work. We definitely praise God for such miracles and we should keep asking for them. We are to desire the active work of this spirits in our church today. But that’s not my question. My question is, do the miraculous gifts continue today? Do the sign gifts we read of in the book of Acts, we know they were present in the first century, right? I mean, the Apostle Peter with a word, just healed the lame man. The Apostle Paul raise someone from the dead and so the question is. Does the Holy Spirit equipped Christians today with those same kind of sign gifts, miraculous gifts that we see at the start of the church? And I think many of you know that Bible believing Christians have two very different answers to this question. Some brothers and sisters might be labeled “Continuationist” believed that supernatural or sign gifts described in the New Testament continue on today. Jesus is the same. Why wouldn’t the Holy Spirit be working the same way today as he has always worked? And it’s this category of conviction that most often receives the label charismatic today and the way we normally use this word. The Holy Spirit’s doing the same thing today as he did at the start, giving the same kind of supernatural sign gifts. Whereas other believers find themselves in a different category, we can label them “Cessationist”, who say that supernatural or sign gifts have ceased. That’s the word cessation comes from that they’ve ceased and Christians with this conviction often have the label non-charismatic to make a distinction in their position. We shouldn’t expect the dramatic sign miracles to happen today like they did at the start of the church is the second position. Well, I’m not taking a side on this issue in my sermon this morning. I do just want to say that there are room for both of these within ICMK membership. Even within the elders of ICMK, there are some differences of opinions, on this matter but regardless of what position we might take on this question. If miraculously sign gets continued today or not, I think there’s some common ground, we, as bible believing Christians can certainly find together regarding any contemporary pursuits of tongues or contemporary pursuit of miracles. The Scripture passages very clear this morning. We are to desire the work off the spirit, we’re to seek and pray for his gifts and yet, as we do that, we need to keep this important truth in mind. What we said at the start that the main work of the Holy Spirit is not miracles. The main work of the spirit is exalting, Jesus Christ! Jesus himself said the same thing. John 16:13-14, “When the spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declared it to you.”. Let me just pause and say up to some here this morning. Maybe you’ve been thinking about becoming a Christian. You’ve heard this message on Sundays or in other community groups is this message that Jesus, the Son of God, died on the cross for our sins and then he rose again from the dead. You’ve heard this amazing Good News. If it’s true that you can be forgiven, that you can be restored in your relationship with God and maybe you’ve just begun to start to admit that, that you need that, you need to be forgiven. You need to be restored to your creator. Maybe you’re just starting to humbly admit you have dishonored God. You have lived in a selfish way and maybe you’re considering today that maybe you’ll turn from that sin and trust in the mercy that God has offered through his son, Jesus. And if you’ve been considering that, we certainly urge you to do so. God’s love and forgiveness is available to all who would turn to him today. But do you know why you’ve been considering this? Did you know why you’ve been considering the truth of Jesus and thinking maybe you need him? If this is true for you, the reason why, is because the Holy Spirit has been at work in your heart. The Holy Spirit’s been telling you. Look to Jesus, the Holy Spirit’s been showing you what Jesus did, what Jesus said. That’s the main work of the Holy Spirit through the word of God through the scriptures, pointing us and calling us to Jesus and that’s again why in this passage were told prophecy is such a better gift for the gathered church than tongues. Because when truth from the spirit is proclaimed, that’s when lives are changed, when people hear and believe. Now again, there’s much discussion about what exactly the New Testament gift of prophecy is but this part’s clear for all of us. The primary prophecy of the Holy Spirit is the inspired word of God. This is the prophetic word, the Holy Spirit speaks to all who would hear so the main work of the spirit is not miracles. It’s exalting Jesus through His word. So therefore, any emphasis today on tongues any emphasis today on miracles that doesn’t have its primary focus on Jesus is misguided. I think this illustration from author, J. I. Packer is very helpful. J. I Packer uses the illustration of a floodlight. In case you don’t know what a floodlight is, will change to illustration of a stage light. Most of you, especially those of you who sit in the second half of the room. Don’t even know that there is stage light right here. You can’t see it. You haven’t even been thinking about it. But as soon as someone, steps up right here in front of the light, you’re benefiting from the stage light. You don’t notice the light. You noticed the person that the light is shining on and that’s the work of the Holy Spirit. He’s not drawing attention to himself. He’s focusing everyone’s attention on Christ. Listen to what Packer writes, “The Holy Spirit never says, look at me, listen to me, come to me. But he always says, look at Jesus and see His glory. Listen to Him and hear His Word. Go to Him and have life. Get to know Him and taste His gift of joy and peace.”. You see if there’s someone who’s attracted to miracles. If there’s someone who’s attracted to the work of the Holy Spirit. But not to Jesus, they’ve missed the entire reason why the Holy Spirit does the miraculous. These things we can agree on, whatever your position, “continuationist” or “cessationist’, leading them to my final point this morning.
Discerning the true work of the spirit we are to desire spiritually gifts. We are to desire the work of the Holy Spirit in our church. My prayer throughout this whole sermon series is that ICMK would desire the working of God’s spirit and that coming through this sermon beyond ICMK would be a spirit led, a spirit empowered, a spirit directed church. So whatever critique we see in this chapter from Paul, he repeats this charge several times, desire spiritual gifts, desire the work of God’s spirit, they build up the church. So, if you’re a “cessationist” and if you’re convinced that signs just don’t continue on any longer, just make sure you’re listening to these passages, 1 Thessalonians 5:19, “Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything, hold fast what is good.”, consider carefully the end of our passage this morning. My brothers, earnestly desire to profit side and do not forbid speaking in tongues. We are to desire the working of the Holy Spirit. Yet from this passage, it’s very clear that not everything called the work of the Spirit actually is, in the worship gatherings, there, in Corinth, there were these spiritual experiences that were not being led by the Holy Spirit. Does reading this chapter should make us ask today an application? What about all those Holy Ghost encounters that we hear preachers advertising that we can come and experience? Well, I would suggest to you this morning that there are kinds of spiritual gifts being practiced by many gatherings of Christians today that are not biblical. Now, with any true believer we need to pursue unity with them we are one in Christ. We need to honor them as brothers and sisters. But if there are practices going on that that are clearly not biblical, the most unifying thing to do is to speak truth in love from what God’s word has said. And so, I want to say, first of all, modern tongues that takes place in group settings today. Notice what God’s word says 1 Corinthians 14:27-28, “If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two at the most three, and each in turn, and let someone interpret. But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God.”. Based on these two verses notice, I’m going to guess I’m not the only one. Many of us have experienced things and other gatherings of Christians that would seem to be in conflict with what God’s word clearly says. You can go to church gatherings where many people speak in unknown languages and there’s no interpretation provided. That’s not supposed to happen according to God’s word or are we going to gathering the believers were where everyone is encouraged to speak in tongues at the same time. But that’s contrary to verse 27, it says, one at a time and at the most, just two or three, in one gathering of Christians. We’ve been to gatherings where we’ve been told that speaking in tongues is a sign of spiritual maturity and everyone should be doing it and yet 1 Corinthians 12, we saw last week tells us not every Christian’s been given the spiritual gift of tongues. It would appear today that there are many gatherings of Christians that are making the exact same mistakes the church in Corinth made in the first century addressed in this passage. We need discernment when it comes to modern practice of what is often called tongues.
Here’s a second area we need the sermon. A genuine work of the Holy Spirit doesn’t cause believers to lose control over themselves. You know, notice verse 28, you can choose, you can choose to speak in tongues or to stop. Tongues, isn’t some overpower experience where we just have to let go in the spirit does it. You’re in control of yourself, choosing what you do. Likewise, notice 1 Corinthians 14:40, “But all things should be done decently and in order.”, and so church services where people are falling to the ground, and we’re told it’s being slain in the spirit. Church services is where people up front are having uncontrolled laughter and it said, that’s from the spirit. Church services where there’s things like holy barking and other animal noises. These are not obeying God’s word. God’s spirit is a God of decency and order when his people are gathered together. Yes, worship is not just supposed to be cognitive. Yes, worship involves our emotions and even our bodies. But never apart from our minds. The work of the spirit doesn’t ignore our minds. 1 Corinthians 14:15, “I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also.”, I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also so, believers we need discernment. Not every Christian teacher, not every gathering that claims to be with the power of the Holy Spirit is truly spirit lead is honoring to Christ. Scripture calls us to be discerning while at the same point desiring the work of the spirit in his church. And so, lastly, I just want to leave this this final counsel to those of you who may be come from a Pentecostal background to those who may be believe you have the gift of tongues who practiced some sort of a private prayer language. I just want to offer to two counsels, first of all, go to Scripture and discern from Scripture, if what you’ve been taught, if what you’ve been practicing, if what was modeled for you actually is the same thing as the gift of tongues as described in the New Testament. Just encourage you go to Scripture and asked the Lord, have I been shown what biblical tongues is? Secondly, if you do have the gift of tongues, I encourage you to follow verse 13, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret, pray for this, so that your spiritual gift doesn’t just benefit you but benefits others. Built up the church, that’s the main reason the spirit gives us gifts and then together as a church. May we take away from today’s lesson and in this whole Series again, the main teaching a verse one, earnestly desired the spiritual gifts. May we be praying for this, Holy Spirit we desire you to be at work in our church. May we not be stale, traditional Christians who just show up every Sunday and go through the routines of what church service is supposed to be like. We need you Holy Spirit to breathe life, to bring power, to bring strength into this church. May we as a congregation ICMK, seek the power of the Spirit, exalting Jesus and making us more like Him. And so, with whatever differences we might have on these issues on the subject of miraculous gifts. In Christ, the Holy Spirit makes us one and so, with that unity, we come now to the Lord’s Table as God’s people.