When we gather, plan how you will contribute

When you contribute, it should be done in proper order

Order for speaking in tongues

Order for prophesy

Order for women judging prophesy

God is the one who gives the rules and to whom we submit

Transcript

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Open your Bibles to first Corinthians Chapter fourteen. This marks the fifth sermon in this sort of sub series in Corinthians from chapters twelve to fourteen. This is serving number five, and I don't have a really flashy intro for the For The sermon this morning is thing. I don't really know how to introduce us other than to simply say this when you come to attacks, whether it's the Bible, whether it's a book you're reading to your children at night before they go to bed. Whether it's the memo at the business place, you're always asking and answering three main things. What does it say? What does it mean? And so what? What does that have to do with my life? What does it say? Got to know what the data is, What does it mean? And so what if you've been to the UNESCO Bible study, and I'm sure this is true? Also in the women's Bible study, there's another way of talking about it. You want to know the original, uh, context in the author's original tent, what he's trying to say to the original audience and then theological reflection. What does this? What does it say, What does it mean theologically reflect? And then Christ centered applications. So what? And we're going to look at this pastor's because, interestingly enough, this section Sermon five of chapters twelve to fourteen. This whole section is the so what it's all been building to this point. We've been looking at what he's saying about gifts and how God gives gifts to all believers. When you become a Christian by faith in Christ, he grants gifts to you, but not just for your sake, so that you could be puffed up with how great you are. But for you to use your gift to bless the body, the you would be a strengthening of others. God gives every Christian gifts. He doesn't give any Christian all the gifts. He does it on purpose so that we need one another that we'd be together, that we would come together. We would be stronger together than we are apart. And the issue here in the church in Corinth, if you've been here, you know, is that they are taking these God given gifts, and they're running them into the ground. At the stake of the church's health, the church is health is suffering because people are using their gifts inappropriately. They're not thinking correctly. They're not thinking, How do I build up? How do I strengthen? How do I use my gifts to help others? They're thinking how doe I exalt myself. How do I get Mohr praise to my own name? And so Corinth was a wild and crazy city and the church was no different. People are coming together, and they were speaking in tongues and talking over one another. And they were. It was a chaotic type of scene, and they were commending this practice like, That's what it's like to be spiritually. If you're really spiritual, then you're gonna have all of these profound manifestations of the spirit and the whole thing got turned on its head, and Paul's writing them this letter, and he's saying to them, This is the way. Now become two verse twenty six of Chapter fourteen, and we have this. So what? So everything today is about practice. So what? How to put this into practice and you're going to see some things in here that are confusing and difficult, and we're going to try our best to plow into it. But again. Like I said last week, Try to keep the big picture in mind and it will make sense, I hope. Let's read and pray first. Twenty six. What then, brothers? My interpretation of that is so what? When you come together, each one has a him a lesson, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up, if any speaking a tongue. Let there be on ly two or at most three and each in turn and let someone interpret. But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God. Let two or three profits speak and let the others way. What is said? If a revelation is made to another sitting there, let the first be silence for you can all profits I one by one so that all may learn and being courage, and the spirits of the profits are subject to profits. For God is not a god of confusion, but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep silent in the churches, for they're not permitted to speak, but should be in submission as the law also says If there's anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home for it is shameful for a woman to speak in church. Or was it from you that the word of God came? Or are you the on ly? One zit has reached. If anyone thinks that he is a prophet or spiritually, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you, our command of the Lord. If anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized. So my brother's earnestly desire to prophesy, prophesy and do not forbid speaking in tongues. But all things should be done decently and in order. Father, I'm asking now for you to give me and us the holy spirits illumination into this text. So many difficult things here Pray that you would lead us into truth. Guard us from air, help us to hold fast to what is good. And Lord, I pray that you would build us up just as this text talks about even now, through the preaching of your word through the spirit's power in Christ's name Hey man Amen. So I thought of the practical Tze of the gifts first three. This morning. First, first practical. When we gather plan how you will contribute first practical after five weeks when we gather plan how you will contribute. Look at what he says In the beginning, he says. When you come together, each one has a him a lesson, a revelation, a tongue or interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. So he's kind of wrapping things up, and he's kind of restating his main point. I think this is this is underscoring what he's been saying all along. Every Christian has been given gifts by the Holy Spirit for the good of the whole body. And so it's the expectation that when we gather when you come together as a church for grace Church in this season of our life, it's when you walk in through those doors on Sunday mornings or when you show up at someone's house for good. No score. When you go to the women's Bible study, when you gather for Ah breakfast when you come together, it's the expectation that when we gather, everyone has something to offer because everybody has gifts, whether it's a him, a lesson a revelation a tongue and interpretation. It's I don't think this was meant to be again. Another exhaustive list. It just merely saying that everyone has a gift and they're meant to contribute that gift. The idea is that when we joined together were coming looking for how we can use our gifts to serve others. I just want to underscore a decision that we made last year, which was to shift our our start time from ten o'CLOCK to ten thirty. The reason why we did that was too full. Or maybe I have a lot of reasons. But to come to my mind right now is we wanted to start these classes on Sunday mornings. We have gifted teachers in the body, and we have lots of things you want to teach and equip. We want to strengthen you in your walk, and so we start these classes at nine a. M. Jamie led the last one on discipleship. We're going to have one coming up on evangelism. We're sort of like reforming reform, adding that right now we want to equip you to come so you can be benefited by these gift to teachers. So that's that's one reason, and then the other thing is that we want you to come at ten o'clock. I know I just that we moved from ten to ten thirty so that you can come a ten. And the reason we want you to do that as members of the Church is that we come together on Sunday mornings and weaken fellowship with one another, and we could encourage each other and we can pray for one another and we can use our gifts. It's not all about the pulpit. It's not all about the band. It's not all about the formal ministries. And I was thinking about the different passages that we've talked about, contributing your gifts and each one for the common good. And it reminded me of that old kid's story stones to come in. If you've heard this story. Stone soup, You should really like that story. When I was a kid, I could actually, but I think I could actually taste, you know, the stony nous of the suit. But here's how the story goes. One day a traveler was passing through a village, times were hard and people were not particularly warm or hospitable to strangers. or to each other for that matter. Hardly anyone responded to the travelers hearty greeting or to his cheery attitude. Unfazed by the lukewarm reception, he sat down in a corner and got busy. He took out a large iron pot, whistling a merry tune. As he did so, he proceeded to light a fire. He filled the pot with water while waiting for the water to boil. He made a big to do about taking out a knife, a soup ladle and a polished stone whistling. All the while, all of this activity attracted the attention of passer byes. What are you cooking? Asked a curious onlooker. Stones through was the cheerful reply. Stone stupid. I've never heard of such a thing. Well, stick around and have someone. It's done. Was the warm response. A crowd started to gather around the traveler, curious about the so called stone soup. He continued to whistle away as he dropped the stone into the huge pot of water. And finally the water started to boil. How does it taste? Asked a voice from the crowd. Well, it tastes good, said the traveler, but it would taste even better if it had a couple of potatoes, he added wistfully. I have some potatoes, volunteered an elderly lady. She came forward and handed them over to the traveler. He peeled and shot them expertly and added them to the soup. Then it took another step, declared it to be the best stone soup ever, but conceded it would taste even better if it had carrots in it. I think I have some carrot somewhere, said a man who was watching the whole thing. He ran home and quickly came back with a handful and handed it over to the traveler. Every time he would taste the soup, he would smack his lips and declared the best ever. But what add that it would taste even better if it had this ingredient or that ingredient. Cries of I have leftover meat or I have some onions or salt or pepper rang through the crowd, and people offered all kinds of stuff from the gardener pantry in the hope that the soup would taste better. The traveler took one last tip of the soup and declared it done. He ladled generous servings of intervals and handed them around, and everyone thanked the traveler for the marvelous stone soup and asked him for the secret. The traveler revealed to them that it was not the stone that made the soup tastes good, but all the ingredients that everyone contributed. He added that in life, as in the case of the soup, if everyone pitch in a little something, ah, wondrous thing will come out of such an undertaking. Now, never mind the fact that this was like a blatantly manipulative technique to get some like ingredients throw into the street. Just ignore that for just a second. And just think about the idea here. The principal Israel. What can we bring to the soup to add carrots, potatoes? Me? Spices? What gifts do you have that Khun B. Leverage for the good of the body. Jamie invited you to come to his community group on Sunday night. I hope you go if you don't have one love for you to get connected. There are group met on Wednesday, and we love to be together as a group. We went down to the park by my house. We had a great time together. We talked about the different kinds of gifts that we have to contribute, and it was really, really encouraging to listen to the different people talk, and some had gifts of leadership in administration and some gifts with words. Others have gifts of hospitality, some with teaching. And there was just this joyful time to celebrate that that we all have something to offer, and his point is very obvious, and he's made it a few times. As we serve one another in love, we become a blessing to one another Now, lest you think that like there's some like, clear pathway forward to do this there is. But there's also just a myriad of ways you can apply this in your life like don't don't look for someone to grab you by the hand and like, pull you into something. Hopefully, we can do that. But there are formal ways and their informer ways that you can be a blessing to this church using your gifts. Just stop right now and think about what's happening and that children's area back there we have, we have teachers. We have gifted teachers who are teaching the gospel to our children so that they can come to know Jesus better. But those teachers don't get back there unless there's some administration that takes place, someone needs to organize those teachers, and they're not gonna have much to do if they don't have chairs to sit on or or equipment to use. And so someone has to get her early and set up the gifts of helps to help set that up, and somebody has to pick the curriculum for what those children are going to be learning. And so there's this vision of what of what the church should be teaching in the doctrine of what the church should be teaching. And all of that is so that your children who are seven to ten year class khun, go hear the gossip, all of these servants using the gifts to build up the body. And that's true for every one of you who serves on the team. So if you serve on a service team at Grace Church in a formal way, could you please just raise your hand if you starve in a formal way? Thank you to all of you who served and former ways at Grace Church and for all of the energy and all the time and all of the joy that you put into your service, but don't just stop there. Don't don't don't take on the mentality that says, Well, I've got a slot and I serving this lot once a month now, beyond those formal ways, there are lots and lots of ways to be a blessing. And one of the best ways you could be a blessing to this church is if you would pray for one another. It's why that ten o'Clock slot is so important to us. And maybe as you pray for someone, God will give you something really helpful to that person. Maybe I'LL give you something really specific to share. Or maybe he'LL just be an act of love. You'LL just demonstrate your love for them and Your Care for them. I last week after the after the service was like officially ended and people were standing around and talking. I joined in prayer with someone Sister in Christ who is being prayed for by Deanna Culture, and Deanna was praying for this sister who was hurting, and I just put my hand and I just joined. I didn't physically pray myself out loud. I just joined in with Deanna's prayer, and it was so uplifting to see the Ministry of the body, as as the sister was being prayed for. And as D .'anna prayed, this prayer I personally was was was built up, let alone the sister who needed the prayer. And it was just a simple moment. I just reminded me again, These moments are profound. These are where riel ministry moments happen. Ordinary ministry is dazzling because ordinary ministry is anything but ordinary. It's God by his spirit, working in his body. And so when you come, whether it's Sunday mornings, community groups doubt the park table of grace. The classes, when you come don't just come to receive by all means receive, but come to give come to bring your onion and your salt and your pepper to throw it into the soup. I promise you on the word of God, it will taste better in the end, with all of these ingredients than it does if it just stays Stone soup, Paul says. Let all things be done for building up. So then he goes on to answer the question. How do we do that? Is there a specific way to do that? How do we go about gifts in a way that builds up and we see now point to that Paul's going to argue for one thing in several different ways. Keep this in mind one thing. Several different ways, and he's arguing here for order. When you contribute, it should be done in proper order. Now you're kind of a feisty crowd. I mean, you guys kind of get worked up sometimes, like occasionally hears someone like, say, amen or like occasionally I'll see you have not. I mean, you guys, you guys are on the verge of being out of control, so you really can relate to what's happening here. His he said, Bring it in, you know, coming to order, you know, or order gets a bad rap. I think they can seem, you know, orderly like wooden orderly is not the same thing as being dispassionate. Okay, making sure we're clear on that orderly is not the same thing as dispassionate. We normally associate order with with wooden or some might consider that order is a stifling of the Holy Spirit, as if the Holy Spirit on Lee works in the spontaneous. I mean, the spirit does give spontaneous moments and spontaneous gifts. But the spirit also works in planning, preparing, administrating. There are some churches where the preacher will show up and not have prepared or studied at all, so as toe on ly be dependent on the spirit. And while that's a noble I think, a noble attitude and noble perspective, God gave us words to be studied to know tto learn. And that, too, by the spirit to the opposite of order is not spot in eighty. The opposite of order is chaos. Respond. Eighty can be part of order controlled spawn A T V will theocracy it of order is chaos. And what's happening here in this church and why Paul is writing this section is because Corinth is chaotic, the church is in chaos and everyone is is out of control, either contributing and inappropriately or celebrating them, contributing inappropriately. People are talking over one another. This is the norm of the church, and in this in this book, a group of people who are filled with such spiritually manifestations that all the way back and Chapter one, he says, You don't lack any spiritual gifts. Highly gifted group of people they weren't actually benefiting each other toward Christ. And so Paul saying, Let all things be for building up. So there has to be order. Excuse me? You know, I'm a sucker for court drama movies, like a few good men in that long time ago, those kind of movies where there's a court scene and you know, if there's a court scene in the movie, you know, there's always going to be the one scene where somebody like completely crosses the line. You know, the judge is picking up his gavel, and he's going to say What order in the court, right? Bangs his gavel order in the court. I picture Paul here with his spiritual gavel in Ham, saying Order in the church order in the church order is necessary. These air, like House rules in order to experience freedom within it, there has to be order. There's an order of service. There's an order to how we go about doing things. That's what's missing in corn. We're gonna look at three categories, and we're going to think together about why these rules exist. So, case for now, if you're a Bible nerd like me, we're going to dive down a bit into this okay, I can't. I I literally could spend an hour on, like, two words, so I can't get into every little detail, but we're going, We're going. We're going to dive down deep into some of it. And if you've never scoop it in the waters of the Bible, then you just need to stay up on the surface and just grab ahold of the big idea. Those that go down deeper, going to come back up soon. And we'Ll all be together. I promise we will make it out All right. First, versus twenty seven twenty eight. He gives order for speaking in tongues said last week. Tongues are is this supernatural gift of a language that the speaker doesn't know himself. Verse twenty seven says if any speaking a tongue let there be on ly two or two or at most three and each in turn and let someone interpret. But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God. Okay, so that's the rules he gives to help the Corinthians order themselves in their speaking of tongues. That seems pretty straight forward. Right? Let two, maybe three at the most. Speaking the assembly pretty easy, right? But ask yourself this, Why only three? And what happens if you've got to? And then the third comes and it says two or at most three. And who gets to make that decision? He doesn't tell us, doesn't tell us why he limits this here at three. He doesn't tell us who's supposed to enforce these rules. Presumably, it's because there's other matters to get to in building up of the body. Presumably, it's the elders who are part of this process. He doesn't really address it. Maybe it was obvious to them not so obvious to us. But here's what we can learn from this rule. The church is not in submission to the gifts. The gifts are in submission to the church. See what I'm saying? The church is not sort of bound and obligated to the gifts as many as there are as long as it takes. The gifts are in submission to the church. In other words, sometimes the best way to build up the body is to use your gift, and sometimes the best way to build up the body is toe humbly not use your gift because someone has to be the fourth tongue speaker. You know, I'm saying the fourth one comes and then what? What about that person? Sorry, three max, but I have a gift. You can keep silent and you can speak it to God. Sometimes there'd be no interpretation to be given it. If no one has an interpretation that based on what we've already learned, which is that we neither interpretation in order to build up the body. If that's not there, then the person just needs to keep silent. But I have. My gift. Doesn't mean that you don't have a gift. It just means that if God is using other people to build up the body than praise God, it's about the body, not a pouch of gift. That's reinforces this important truth that contributing to help others see and treasure the glory of Christ is our main goal. Together in the gift, it's not self exaltation. And so he says, two or three and then each in turn, which means one at a time, which means that these gifts are under the control of the person. There is nothing about the gifts that require you to just sort of, you know, blurt them out right where you are. Like, I've got a gift I've gotta use and I've got to use it right now. It's not true. When we were kids were younger, we were younger. We way attempted to teach them. I'm not sure how successful we were, but we attempted to teach them that when they wanted to speak to us and we were in a conversation with other adults, they could come up to us and they could put their hand on our legs or on our arm. And that would indicate to us that they wanted to say something, and then we would put our hand on their hand to say, We got you. We're going to get to you. Just be patient. You need to wait until the person's done speaking rather than talking over them. And Paul is saying the same thing here. You saying you can wait? Your contribution doesn't have to be heard right now. And if you're the fourth guy in line or there is no interpretation, then you're not going to get hurt at all. And guess what? It's OK. It's okay. It's okay. These are the house rules when it comes to tongues to bring order to the church and primarily toe, let it be about Christ to truly let the gifts be about Christ and not be about themselves. So that's order for tongues. Now he shifts to the second category versus twenty nine to thirty three. Order for prophecy. First twenty nine. Let two or three profits speaking. Let others wait. What is said? The revelation is made to another sitting there. Let the first be silent for you. Can all profits I one by one so that all may learn and all maybe encouraged. And the spirits of profits are subject to profits. For God is not a god of confusion but of peace. If you ever wonder if there are times in the pastor's life where he wishes he had a different job, it's like coming to text like this. Okay, I could do something different, I think, because this is really, really hard to understand, but I think we can get through it. There's some similarities here with also what was just that about tongues. Two or three are permitted to speak one at a time, here. In the case of prophecy, it says, if a revelation is made to another one sitting there, so they get a thought to share with the congregation, then let the first be silence. So presumably someone would be standing and speaking. And if someone else had something to say, they would defer the floor to the new person. And so you should have lots of questions, right? Hopefully you have questions. Questions emerge like this. Who are the profits and who are the others that are weighing what's being said. So lots of different views on this. I have a personal view. If you don't hold my view, we can still be friends. My personal view is that these profits are people who have a regular, recognized gift of prophesy. They have ongoing, effective ministry using this gift, and they're contributing, using their gift to the point where they're sort of recognized as one who prophesized ah profit not to be confused with Old Testament profits. I know that's confusing, but I don't think that this is an official New Testament office. As first Timothy lacks any qualifications for this office Elders Deacon's no profits, and if you look at Ephesians Chapter two, Verse twenty and Chapter for eleven, where he talks about the apostles and profits. I think this was a reference to the chronological historical unfolding of the Gospel there, the historical foundation with Christ being the cornerstone, not an ongoing office in the church. That's my view. If that was true, then these profits were members of the church with a particular gift, and he's saying on ly two or three speak and then weigh it with the others who are the others? I don't think that super clear either. My view is that it's likely to be a mixture of either the other people with this gift of prophesy and likely the elders, teachers who are more formally responsible for the Wayne of doctrinal matters in the church. To make sure that what's being shared prophetically aligns with Scripture, I'Ll explain to you in a moment why I think that's the case. And then, of course, in a broader sense, it's the entire church whose hearing these words and has to give an account for its its alignment with the word of God. The point here that I want you to see is that Paul didn't forbid these gifts from being used, but he sought to make sure they were being done in an orderly manner. So in Verse thirty one, looking first thirty one with me when he says for you, Khun, all profits I one by one so that all may learn and be encouraged. I don't think he's trying to emphasize that everyone can have this kind of ministry because he's already said in Chapter twelve that there aren't any gifts that all can participate in. He's already kind of rules that option out. I think he's emphasizing here, the one by one nous of this. All who have this gift can do it in order one by one so that all can learn and be encourage. So I think it's similar to what he was saying with tongues. That prophecy is not something that, like, I've got this thing, I've got to share it. It's gonna happen right now. No, he's saying you can actually differ even to somebody else who has one, because the main go hole is that the church is built up. Not that you use your gift necessarily. Finally, Verse thirty two says, and the spirits of profits are subject to profits. I take that to mean that these people with this gift are accountable for the words that they speak to the others who speak. And his rationale for it all is in verse thirty three. For God is not a god of confusion, but of peace. Now that confused me because this whole thing is confusing. If God's on account of confusion, then why did you write it like this? You know, I don't think he's, you know, tailor make Taylor making it for twenty first century American suburbs. So if this wasn't confusing a controversial enough order of tongues, order of prophecy, now beget or instructions on order with women, this is going to be fun. All right. So versus thirty three. Thirty five, talk about instructions towards women Now here before I get into the section, let me just say you have to be here a few weeks ago or you're going to miss out on what this is really saying. Because in chapter eleven, verse five, we studied together. We saw that women were encouraged to pray and two prophesized Verse eleven, Chapter eleven verse five women were to pray and prophecy it was how they go about doing it. And we said that it's vital for women to serve the body. Women have been given gifts just like men. Women are able to serve in every way in the church as men do, with the exception of one particular role, which is elder ship and, by the way, that not because women aren't capable of leading or making important decisions or maybe even better elders than the men, the men elders. But it's because of the complimentary purposes, off men and women in creation. That's why. And so I just want again before we read this next section. Ladies in our church, ladies in the church, you were to be highly esteemed for your intellect and for your steel and for your passion for Christ and for your sacrifices to serve him. And we, as an elder ship mean that dearly. So now let's read. Thirty three three thirty five hasn't all the churches of the saints. The women should keep silence in the churches, for they're not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the law also says, if there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home, for it is shameful for a woman to speak in church. That doesn't seem to be all that honoring, does it? What is he saying here? Highly debated section of Scripture, In my opinion, lots of bad views out there. Women were too noisy. And Corrine, which he goes and says This is a universal rule, right? Verse thirty three, as in all the churches that that can't be the problem. Women were speaking in tongues. But this is actually in the section of prophecy, so that doesn't seem to make sense. Here's my view. If you have a different view, we can still be friends. I think the right view and you might be able to persuade me to your view is the point. I think the right view is that Paul is talking about judging prophecies in the church service. I think he's talking about judging prophecies in the church service. I think that versus thirty three three thirty five is related to Verse twenty nine when he said, Let the other's way what is said and that's why I think that that others is a narrow group, likely the elders, because the on ly role in the church that women are excluded from is elder ship. And it only makes sense to exclude women from this task. If it's part of the governing function off the elders of the church to ensure that the doctrines of the church, we're being rightly upheld. So in the context, I think that it's women should be silent in the churches with respect to judging prophecies. I don't think he's saying women you can't talk insurance like when you cross the threshold and but that don't laugh. Thank you. You can't because you're a man. See, I don't think he's saying that on DH One of the contextual reasons why I think that is because go back up the verse twenty eight When Paul says something similar to those who have a tongue but don't have an interpretation, what does he tell them to do? Keep silence forever? No. With respect to the tongue, right? Contextually with respects to tongues are not banned from I got a tongue. No interpretation. Now, um, you can't speak. I don't think any sane they're not allowed to speak the tongue. And in the same way here, contractually, I think it's that they're not to participate in the governance function of judging the prophecies publicly. Now, why doesn't Paul just make that clear? I don't know. I think he expects his readers to understand the context better than we do, he says. He says this is written in Verse thirty four, as the law also says, but yet there's no law that you can actually go back to in the law and point to Oh, yeah, that's what it says here. I think that's more of a reference to the created order, he says. If they have questions, they can inquire later of their husbands. Paul's assuming marriage in this argument. I don't think he means that single women in the church can't find someone to ask a question of. His point is, Is that in the church, the women, I'd remain silent with respect to this role. All right, guys, the oxygen tank of the scuba diver is about running out for me, so I'm coming back up to the surface. So if you didn't track with any of that, that's fine. We're going to meet altogether. Here's the main point. All of this is for the sake of order in the church, which is all to reflect the glory of God for four purpose for God is not a god of confusion but of you would think he would say Order. You're right. You think he'd say order. He's not a god of confusion. He's a god of order. But he says Peace, peace which which I take to mean that the end goal of all the rules and all the structures and all the administration and all of the order in the church is not so that we can have some slick smooth meeting. The end goal is not that we would just simply be efficient or be ordered for orders sake. It is so that we can declare the message that we have a peacemaking God. It's that we would be able to declare the gospel that order would exist so that the thing that most needs to be heard, which is that a war against your soul is being waged. And God has sent the warrior son Jesus to secure victory on our behalf. That that message would get preached that Jesus the warrior doesn't doesn't brandish a sword to fight this battle, he gives up his very life on a cross in the midst of chaos swirling all around him. He himself is our peace Ephesians Chapter two, and he offers himself as a peace offering to God on our behalf on the cross. And it goes on to say that he's reconciled us in the flesh, God and man together. And this is what we must preach and believe and celebrate and trust. And every spiritually gift utilized in the service of the King is meant to trumpet that song. That's why the Gibbs matter, that's why I order in the church matters. That's why the gift of leadership is so important to the health of the local church. It's to galvanize an order, things so that price would be treasured. It's about magnifying Jesus, it's about the king. It's not about the gifts other than that they point to him. And so it's only fitting that in a book written about the gospel at the core written to a church and a self indulgent and immorality and immature and their understanding of spiritually gifts, it's on ly fitting that Paul would close out these chapters by reminding these guys who's really in charge, who has ultimate authority, who is leading the crew, and the next point in last point here three is that God is the one who gives the rules and to whom we submit. Or was it from U Verse thirty six that the word of God came? Are you the only ones it has reached? If anyone thinks that he is a prophet or spiritually, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you, our command of the Lord. If anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized. So my brother's earnestly desire to prophecy and do not forbid speaking in tongues. But all things should be done decently and in order. Paul's not afraid to get a little bit snarky with the Corinthians. He's like to the word of God's start with You didn't originate with you or, you know, are you the only ones that has come to reach. No, Gods were didn't start with you. His word doesn't end with you. It starts and ends with God. And he's saying, If you're truly spiritually, he puffed up people. If you're truly ah profit, you're spiritually minded. If you're truly one of Christ, it's kind of playing a bit here. To their pride, anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritually. He will acknowledge that what Paul is writing is a command of the Lord command. In other words, the written, infallible word wins out over the prophetic words every time the prophetic word submits to the written infallible word, the written word is the trump card that always wins. And so, in summarizing all that he said here about these two gifts, which the Corinthians asked him about in their letter, he says yes, earnestly desire to prophesy because that build up the body and do not forbid speaking in tongues but to all things in decency and in order. I hope that you, as a wild and crazy bunch, have now been constrained appropriately by these commands. When he says, if you claim an authority that denies this, you have no authority at all, you will not be recognized. You will not be granted stature because God has the final words. So just three things too close. We're going to work on it. We're going to work on a document called a Guide to Spiritual Gifts that Grace Church. We're gonna compile the things that we've taught on and try to make it some somewhat practical and then have it have it as a resource for us as a church. Here is some takeaways for us that grace this morning in light of this sermon and the other sermons that we have seen three things First, don't lose sight of the gospel as the main reason we exist. Don't lose sight of that second show up so that your gifts can be used, and I'm literally preaching to the crowd right now. Thank you for showing up this morning so that your gifts can be used. And third, celebrate the diversity of gifts in this body and seek out ways that you can serve Christ with yours. Let's pray together and ask God to build us up. Build us together, Father. We thank you for this word. Some of it's hard to understand. It's, um, it's hard to see its practice. It's benefit all of it. Lord is for your glory. Help us to be a church that's not dispassionate, deeply passionate for you, but submitted to your order. Help us to seek the love. Others more important than ourselves. Help us to look to the needs of others. Help us to think about others. Help us to come. Not looking to get but to give. And in the process, Lord, we get so much from you, Lord, ultimately, we pray that you would help us to not think about us at all. But to think about Christ and let that be our first and most captivating thought. I already pray that as we think about Jesus this peace offering, we would remember that our gifts are nothing. Lords, you are everything. You don't need us. Lord, you don't need our gifts. You don't need what we have. You have everything you lack. Nothing. So, Lord, let us be Christ exalting in our gifts. We pray in jesusname. Amen.
Chris Daukas

Chris grew up in a moral home, but didn’t find the grace of Christ until he was a sophomore in college. He began to devour the Word and was soon helping to lead bible studies, outreaches, and worship at church. He married his beautiful wife, Tara, in the summer of 2002.

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