Daily Archives: October 28, 2018

October 28 – 1 Corinthians 14:21-40

It is love, not knowledge, that forms the basis of Christianity. Paul wrote letters to the church at Corinth to emphasize this point and lead the Corinthians back into right relationship with God and others. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

1 Corinthians 14:21-40

21 In the Law it is written:
“With other tongues
    and through the lips of foreigners
I will speak to this people,
    but even then they will not listen to me,
says the Lord.”
22 Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is not for unbelievers but for believers. 23 So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and inquirers or unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind? 24 But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all, 25 as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!”

Good Order in Worship

26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up. 27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. 28 If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and to God.
29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. 30 And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. 31 For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. 32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. 33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.
34 Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. 35 If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.
36 Or did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached? 37 If anyone thinks they are a prophet or otherwise gifted by the Spirit, let them acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord’s command. 38 But if anyone ignores this, they will themselves be ignored.
39 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. 40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.


The Hand Is Not An Ear | Marianne Toovey


1 Corinthians 14:39-40


The people of Corinth had been so preoccupied with the gift of speaking in tongues that Paul felt it necessary to take up 3 chapters to sort of knock them down a peg or two. But finally upon the conclusion of this portion of his letter, Paul comes to the main point: Whatever your spiritual gift, use it properly and be respectful to others and their gifts.


Going back to chapter 12 where we’re referred to as working parts of the body of Christ, it doesn’t matter what my gift is, just that I do it right and do it well. What’s the point in having a hand if I can’t use it for its intended purpose? And that hand can only do what hands do. I shouldn’t expect my hand to hear music or listen to a sermon. All my parts need to work together to keep me going – each doing what they’re supposed to do and allowing the other parts to do their job too. So it is with Christians. I will use my gift to the best of my abilities. I will not claim other gifts to be more or less important than my own. I will not try to master a gift not meant for me, and will instead allow those with that gift to perform their duties.


God, help me to be content with who I am and the gifts You’ve given me. I pray I rise to the challenge and perform the tasks You present to me in a way that pleases You. Please encourage Your Body to work together and to “be sure that everything is done properly and in order.” In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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