Title: Tongues & the Benefits of Christian Worship, Part 2
Passage: 1 Corinthians 14: 6-9
Speaker: Pastor Ryan Martin
Service: Morning Worship Service
Date: November 8, 2015
Beginning with v. 6 and all the way through v. 25, Paul begins to build upon the foundation laid in vv. 1-5. He further explains why tongues are unfitting for worship assemblies. The thesis for this sermon, which is the thesis for all of 14:6-19, comes from v. 6, and it is this: Christian worship ought to benefit believers through the ministry of God’s Word. Paul suggests four reasons for this:
The main idea in 1 Cor 14:1-5 is that Christians should use their gatherings to build up others for the glory of God. This point, of course, goes beyond the specifics of speaking in tongues or prophecy. The specific point Paul is teaching here is that prophesy is superior to tongues in Christian assemblies. But the general principle Paul is driving at behind that instruction is that our gatherings should build up believers. Christian worship is corporate, and ought to be handled that way.