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Decently and In Order



The apostle Paul provides a pattern for an orderly worship service in 1 Corinthians 14. The specific implementation in the context (miraculous gifts particularly the "speaking in tongues”), notice what the Apostle Paul said in reference to the speaking in tongues in 1 Corinthians 14:19 – "
Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.” This miraculous gift does not apply today, and in the absence of miraculous gifts of the Spirit, Paul stated in (1 Corinthians 13:8-12), "Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.  When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”  However, the principles of orderly assembly certainly do apply today. Notice Paul's focus throughout on what is beneficial for the edification of the church (1 Corinthians 14:4). Paul demanded an orderly assembly (1 Corinthians 14:33, 40), not simply by suggestion, but by command (1 Corinthians 14:37).


1 Corinthians 14:4 – "He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.”


1 Corinthians 14:33 – "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”


1 Corinthians 14:40 – "Let all things be done decently and in order.”


1 Corinthians 14:37 – "If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord 
Antioch church of Christ
May 30, 2010  PM


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