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1 FIRST CORINTHIANS How to Live in a Pagan World

2 1 st Corinthians 14:26 How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. 1 st Corinthians 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order. (NKJV)

3 Two Mega-Themes In 1 st Corinthians Living as Christians in a pagan world.Living as Christians in a pagan world. Being the Church in a pagan world.Being the Church in a pagan world.

4 Two Mega-Themes In 1 st Corinthians Living as Christians in a pagan world. Being the Church in a pagan world.Being the Church in a pagan world.

5 Being the Church in a Pagan World Nine Issues: 1.Identity1:1-9 2.Unity1: Maturity3: Authority4: Purity5 6.Orderly11 7.Ministry Generosity16:1-4 9.Duty16:5-24

6 Being the Church in a Pagan World Nine Issues: 1.Identity1:1-9 2.Unity1: Maturity3: Authority4: Purity5 6.Orderly11 7.Ministry Generosity16:1-4 9.Duty16:5-24

7 Issue 7 Engaging in Ministry Chapters Spiritual Gifts Require Information, Not IgnoranceSpiritual Gifts Require Information, Not Ignorance Vs. 1, NRSV “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed.”

8 Issue 7 Engaging in Ministry Chapters The Holy Spirit Initiated Our Christian ConfessionThe Holy Spirit Initiated Our Christian Confession Vs. 2-3, NLT You know that when you were still pagans you were led astray and swept along in worshiping speechless idols. So I want you to know how to discern what is truly from God: No one speaking by the Spirit of God can curse Jesus, and no one is able to say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.

9 Issue 7 Engaging in Ministry Chapters 12-14

10 The Holy Spirit Empowers Our Christian Service Vs. 4-11, NIV 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.

11 Vs. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all Vs. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. The Holy Spirit Empowers Our Christian Service Vs. 4-11, NIV

12 Spiritual Gifts Chapters The word of wisdom The word of knowledge Faith Gifts of healings The working of miracles Prophecy Discerning of spirits Tongues Interpretation of tongues

13 The Church is Like a Body: Unity & Diversity 12:12-31a 12:14-17 Diversity12:14-17 Diversity 12:18, Assigned Functions12:18, Assigned Functions 12:19-26 Interdependence12:19-26 Interdependence

14 Diversity in the Body 12: For in fact the body is not one member but many. 15 If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?

15 Assigned Functions in the Body 12:18, But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. 28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?

16 Interdependence in the Body 12: And if they were all one member, where would the body be? 20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you"; nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you."

17 Interdependence in the Body 12: No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, 24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it

18 Interdependence in the Body 12: that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

19 The Baptism of the Holy Spirit 12:13 “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body— whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.”

20 Love is Indispensable vs. 1-3 –1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. –2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. –3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love: Superior to Spiritual Gifts 12:31b-13:13

21 Love Described 13:4-8Love Described 13:4-8 –4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; –5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; –6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; –7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. –8 Love never fails. Love: Superior to Spiritual Gifts 12:31b-13:13

22 Love & the Eternal Order 13:9-13Love & the Eternal Order 13:9-13 Vs. 13 “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” Love: Superior to Spiritual Gifts 12:31b-13:13

23 Did Spiritual Gifts Disappear? with the Coming of the New Testament 13:8-10

24 Did Spiritual Gifts (or at least, the sign gifts), Disappear with the Coming of the New Testament? 13:8-10 Vs “But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.”

25 The Verses in Question Vs. 9 “For we know in part and we prophesy in part.”Vs. 9 “For we know in part and we prophesy in part.” Vs. 10 “But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.” Vs. 12 “For now we see in a mirror, dimly Now I know in partVs. 12 “For now we see in a mirror, dimly but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.”

26 Is the Gift of Tongues a “Prayer Language”? 14:2 “For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God” 14:14 “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays…”

27 14:16, NIV “If you are praising God with your spirit, how can one who finds himself among those who do not understand say "Amen" to your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you are saying?” 14:28 “But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God.” Is the Gift of Tongues a “Prayer Language”?

28 The Superiority of Prophecy to Tongues 14:1-5 14:1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. 14:2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit.

29 14:3 But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort. 14:4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. The Superiority of Prophecy to Tongues 14:1-5

30 14:5 I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may be edified.

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32 Translations That May Have Been Used: Abbreviations & Copyright Info AMP or Amplified: © Copyright 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation ESV: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. HCSB: Holman Christian Standard Bible © 2001, Broadman & Holman Publishers, LifeWay Christian Resources 127 Ninth Avenue North, Nashville, TN JPS: The Holy Scriptures (Old Testament) By the Jewish Publication Society All rights reserved MSG or Message: The Message © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson NAS: Scripture quoted by permission. Quotations designated (NAS) are from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE. Copyright 1960, 1988, by The Lockman Foundation, California. All rights reserved. NAS95: Scripture quoted by permission. Quotations designated (NAS95) are from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE. Copyright 1960, 1995, by The Lockman Foundation, California. All rights reserved. NET: The NET Bible, New English Translation (NET) Copyright © 1996, 1997, 1998 By Biblical Studies Press, LLC. All Rights Reserved The Holy Bible: The NET Bible(r) Copyright © 1998 By Biblical Studies Press, L.L.C. All rights reserved NIV: Scripture quoted by permission. Quotations designated (NIV) are from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by The International Bible Society. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. Scripture quoted by permission. NJKV: Scripture quoted by permission. Quotations designated (NKJV) are from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW KING JAMES VERSION. Copyright (c) 1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. All rights reserved. NLT: Quotations designated (NLT) are from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW LIVING TRANSLATION Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996 by Tyndale Charitable Trust. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois, All rights reserved. New Living, NLT, and the New Living Translation logo are registered trademarks of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. NRSV: Scripture quoted by permission. Quotations designated (NRSV) are from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW REVISED STANDARD VERSION. Copyrighted 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America, and are used by permission. All rights reserved. RSV: Scripture quoted by permission. Quotations designated (RSV) are from THE HOLY BIBLE: REVISED STANDARD VERSION. Copyright 1946, 1952, 1973 by National Council of Churches of Christ. All rights reserved. Weymouth: WEYMOUTH NEW TESTAMENT: NEW TESTAMENT IN MODERN SPEECH by Richard F. Weymouth 3rd Edition (1912)-- Revised & edited E. Hampden-Cooke YLT: Young's Literal Translation of the Holy Bible by J.N. Young, 1862, 1898 (Author of the Young's Analytical Concordance)


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