1 Corinthians 14:26-40

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Sept 25th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

1 Corinthians 14:26-40 – Word Centered Worship

INTRO

  • Remember… Chapters 11-14. Worship in the church
  • Guidance for worship
  • Practical applications: Tongues, Prophecy, Gender Roles
  • EDIFICATION AND ORDER
  • BOOK END VERSES 26 & 40BUILDING UP
    • All things done
    • Building up
    • Order

THE IMPORTANCE OF EDIFICATION AND ORDER – vv. 26-28

Brothers… Come together

  • FIRST…. Notice that the church is to come TOGETHER
  • Corporate.  No such thing as an online church
  • Online can strengthen, but it cannot be THE CHURCH

1 Thess. 5:11 – Each believer. “Build one another up”

Eph. 4:11 – Church leadership. “He gave…for building up”

Each one has…

  • Not a specific list of what is done during the gathering.
  • Would appear that it is a list of how they had gotten off track
  • Notice… all speaking/verbal
  • Can you imagine the impact… confusion/chaotic

THE MISUSE OF TONGUES – vv. 27-28

  • Two or three at most
  • One at a time
  • SOMEONE INTERPRET
    • Known tongue
    • Heavenly utterance

THE MISUSE OF PROPHECY – vv. 29-33

  • Two or three
  • Weigh what is said
    • Prophet to Prophet
    • Word interprets the Word
  • God is not a God of Confusion

THE MISUSE OF GENDER ROLES – vv. 34-35

  • Both men and female were at fault
  • NT context women had very few rights (much like today in the Middle East)
  • In the church they found a voice and purpose
  • Here… they were being a little overzealous.  Men and Women were both creating chaos and confusion
  • In this context… Speaking during the gathering
    • Imagine the confusion… prophecy, women questioning the prophecy
    • Imagine today if women (anyone) started questioning the preaching during the message
  • Men and Women are both gifted and crucial for the ministry of the church
  • God has called and gifted us for specific roles
    • In the home
    • In the church
  • The role and responsibilities of men and women
  • 1 Cor. 11:3-5; Eph. 5:22-25; Col. 3:18-25; 1 Tim 2:8-12

THE IMPORTANCE OF EDIFICATION AND ORDER – vv. 36-40

Paul sarcastically addresses the potential of their resistance.

  • He reminds them of divine authority
  • Word came – v. 36
  • Command of the Lord – v. 37

Today… we must keep the Word the main thing.

  • Remember, then tongues and prophecy were the means of communicating God’s truth to his people.
  • We now have the Bible
  • The importance of the authority of the spoken word
    • Preaching and teaching
    • We should desire to “be under” the preaching and teaching of the Word
    • Fellowship is great, Groups are great… but the WORD is foundational for growing as a person and as a church.

Concluding Encouragement

  • Utilize your gifts… BUT ONLY IF IT IS BENEFICIAL TO BUILD UP THE CHURCH – v. 40