God’s Saving Word: Spiritual Renewal
1 Corinthians 14:26-40: The chapter concludes with the apostle Paul admonishing the community of believers to worship in a proper and orderly way, and he offers advice on orderly conduct regarding those who speak in strange tongues.
Order in the Church
26 This is what I mean, my friends. When you meet for worship, one person has a hymn, another a teaching, another a revelation from God, another a message in strange tongues, and still another the explanation of what is said. Everything must be of help to the church. 27 If someone is going to speak in strange tongues, two or three at the most should speak, one after the other, and someone else must explain what is being said. 28 But if no one is there who can explain, then the one who speaks in strange tongues must be quiet and speak only to himself and to God. 29 Two or three who are given God’s message should speak, while the others are to judge what they say. 30 But if someone sitting in the meeting receives a message from God, the one who is speaking should stop. 31 All of you may proclaim God’s message, one by one, so that everyone will learn and be encouraged. 32 The gift of proclaiming God’s message should be under the speaker’s control, 33 because God does not want us to be in disorder but in harmony and peace.
As in all the churches of God’s people, 34 the women should keep quiet in the meetings. They are not allowed to speak; as the Jewish Law says, they must not be in charge. 35 If they want to find out about something, they should ask their husbands at home. It is a disgraceful thing for a woman to speak in a church meeting.
36 Or could it be that the word of God came from you? Or are you the only ones to whom it came? 37 If anyone supposes he is God’s messenger or has a spiritual gift, he must realize that what I am writing to you is the Lord’s command. 38 But if he does not pay attention to this, pay no attention to him.
Today’s Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 14:39, 40
So then, my friends, set your heart on proclaiming God’s message, but do not forbid the speaking in strange tongues. Everything must be done in a proper and orderly way.
Paul once again affirms that “everything must be of help to the church” (verse 26). In what ways does your community of faith affirm the spiritual gifts of its members?
Loving God, teach me to affirm the spiritual gifts of others and to use my gifts to help and support your church. May all I do be done in love, and may my actions be a way of proclaiming your message. In your holy name, I pray. Amen.
And now, join us in a prayer of thanksgiving that God’s Word is restoring hope among the people in Ukraine. Merciful God, after six long months Bible Society volunteers were able to make their way into an area that had been bombed and where those who lived there witnessed the death of family and friends and went without food, water, and other necessities for months on end. But Bible Society volunteers were able to bring food and children’s Bibles to children who had taken refuge in a destroyed school. Thanks to the generosity of Bible-A-Month Partners, the men, women, and children who are enduring the darkest days of their lives are finding comfort, peace, and hope in your Word. Praise to you, Lord God, for the glimmer of hope that is now in their hearts. Amen.
2 Corinthians 1:1-11: The apostle Paul begins his second letter to the Corinthians with a prayer of thanksgiving.