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22 November, 2015

Search The Scriptures —Study 11 — 1 Corinthians 14

Study 11 From The Book of 1 Corinthians Is: 1 Corinthians 14

1.      Try to form a mental picture of the church’s worship in Corinth. In what ways did it differ from the Church’s worship today? Did it include any features, no longer familiars, which it would be good to see restored?
2.      What two principles should govern the conduct of public worship and of church gatherings? How did Paul apply these principles in his directions about public worship in Corinth?
3.      Many in the church at Corinth seem to have coveted speaking with tongues.  What assessment does Paul make of this gift? What was Paul’s counsel to those eager for manifestations of the Spirit? Which gift do you earnestly desire?
Notes: Verse 3. Prophecy might include foretelling of the future (Acts 11:28), but was more normally a forthelling of God’s will for present ‘upbuilding’ and encouragement and consolation’.  In contrast to an unintelligible ‘tongue’ it was readily understandable and practically relevant to the hearers.