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Preparing for the Sermon - 1 Cor. 14:6-19

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Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word.

You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday.

Carefully Think

  • Read 1 Corinthians 14:6-19. 2. How does Paul address the Corinthians in v. 6? What does this say about Paul’s view of and concern for the Corinthians? How should that impact how we interact with those who disagree regarding the use of spiritual gifts?
  • What does Paul say would bring benefit to the Corinthians in v.6? Why would this be the case based on what we learned in 14:1-5?
  • What are the 2 illustrations that Paul uses in v. 7-8? What are the 2 results in the illustrations? What is the point of these illustrations pointed out in v. 9?
  • What is Paul’s exhortation for the tongue’s speaker in v. 13 based on what he said in vv. 6-12? What is the purpose for this exhortation? How does this fit Paul’s argument in the whole chapter?
  • How does this passage fit Paul’s argument in the chapter? How should that land on us and impact how we think about our interaction with other believers in the church?

Prayerfully Meditate

  • What is the connection between spiritual benefit and knowledge that you see in these verses?
  • What is the connection between v. 13 and v. 14?
  • What are the contrasting approaches to prayer and thanksgiving Paul lays out in v. 14-17?
  • How could these verses be helpful in addressing the approaches some who advocate an approach to speaking in tongues that stresses speaking in random sounds that are unknown to anyone?
  • What is in your heart as you interact with and serve other believers in the church? How should the message of this chapter instruct and possibly correct and rebuke you?