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City Blog: May 2011

May 12, 2011

Tongues in the church

Benjamin Spalink
Read I Corinthians 14 Paul is quite clear - intelligibility in worship is a high priority.  What we're doing, saying, singing must MAKE SENSE. The use of tongues may benefit the one speaking, but it doesn't build up the church because no one understands what is being said.  Unless translated or interpreted, tongue are not meant to be used in corporate worship. Having said that, it's important to note some of Paul's assumptions.  Speaking in tongue is good! Paul claims to speak in tongues more than any of the Corinthians.  In group, we ...
May 05, 2011

Love Redefined

Benjamin Spalink
Last night's community group was awesome.  I led the meeting, but I myself got a lot out of it so I wanted to share the main takeaways. The text for the evening was I Corinthians 13, the oft-quoted passage on love. What is often overlooked is that Paul's discourse on love is part of a larger discussion about the usage of spiritual gifts.  The Corinthians suffered from delusions about the gifts. They believed certain gifts to be superior to others, namely speaking in tongues. Their delusion stemmed from their mistaken view of what it meant ...

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