Special Note: This sermon by Kevin Bauder, preached nearly one decade ago at this church, excellently applies the 3rd commandment to believers today. This sermon was especially formative for Pastor Martin. The sermon was lost in the transition to the current website several years ago. This sermon, however, was “rediscovered” and is now re-posted to the church’s website for your edification in conjunction with Pastor Martin’s own attempt to preach this great text of Holy Scripture.
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.