The Work of the Holy Spirit Today

2 Timothy 3:16-17

1 Corinthians 14:1-4

1 Corinthians 14:5

Who does the Spirit want to pray in tongues?  Everyone!

What gift is higher than tongues?  Prophecy.

The next verses of 1 Corinthians 14 give us illustrations for the Church.

1 Corinthians 14:12 – This whole passage is about building the believers and reaching the lost.

1 Corinthians 14:13-17 – Does the Spirit forbid tongues?  No.  However, what is the focus in a public setting? It is to build others up!

1 Corinthians 14:18-20

1 Corinthians 14:21-25 – Here we find a different use of the prophetic word. Prophetic words bring conviction.

1 Corinthians 14:26-33

Throughout this passage, the Spirit is emphasizing building up the faith and knowledge of the Church and how it should be done.

1 Thessalonians 5:19-21 – The work of the Spirit is to build up and strengthen the Church.

1 Corinthians 14:33b-35

1 Corinthians 14:39-40

This is the order we strive to walk in at Calvary.

Final instructions:

  • If you sense in your spirit a word for someone, ask yourself:

o   Is it encouraging and building?

o   Is it instructive to a need and do you have a relationship that qualifies you to speak to that person?

  • If you have a word for a church, ask yourself:

o   Have I made a righteous commitment to that church?

o   Am I living a life of consistency and faithfulness to that church?

o   Am I serving in that church?

o   Am I under the authority of the elders of that church?

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