Speaking in TonguesSeries: Holy Spirit
Introduction: Many today profess to speak in tongues - but is it the same as the tongues of the Bible?
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I. What Was Speaking In Tongues?
- Tongues were real languages (Acts 2:4-13).
- Tongues were a sign to the unbeliever (1 Corinthians 14:22; cp. Acts 2:12,33).
- To speak in tongues was a less desirable gift than prophecy (1 Corinthians 14:5).
- In addition, tongues could be controlled by the speaker (1 Corinthians 14:27-28).
II. The Gift of Tongues Was One of Many Spiritual Gifts
- 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 lists the various spiritual gifts --all were miraculous.
- Some events may originate with God, and yet not be a _______ (cp. Acts 27:21-44;; 12:6-11).
- The gifts given by the Spirit were all supernatural in origin and character. A) They were given to men to carry out God's will ____________ His word (such as Philip in Acts 8:6). B) They served to reveal and __________ truth (1 Corinthians 2: 13; Ephesians 3:3-5; Mark 16:20; Hebrews 2:3-4).
- These gifts were imparted by the laying on of apostle's hands (Acts 8:14-17).
III. How are the Claims of Tongues to be Explained Today?
- It is an emotional experience.
- It is a learned experience.
3. Ask these questions to those who claim to speak in tongues today.
- Do you speak in a language known to others in the world (Acts 2:6, 8, 11)?
- Are your tongues used soley as a sign to unbelievers (1 Corinthians 14:22)?
- Do several speak in tongues at one time at your assemblies (1 Corinthians 14:27)?
- Does your group only speak in tongues if they have an interpreter (1 Corinthians 14:28)?
- Would you describe your assemblies as "decent and in order" (1 Corinthians 14:40)?
Conclusion: The Holy Spirit's gift of tongues is not what many are practicing today...