Rules for Using Spiritual Gifts in the Church
1 Corinthians 14:1-40

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The Rule for Determining the Value of a Spiritual Gift (1 Cor 14:1-5)

There was something wrong with the tongues that were manifested at Corinth (1 Cor 14:2)

The rule for determining the value of a spiritual gift (1 Cor 14:3)

The failure of Tongues to qualify as a valuable gift (1 Cor 14:4)

The superiority of the gift of prophecy (1 Cor 14:5)

The Superiority of Prophecy over Tongues in Church Services (1 Cor 14:6-19)

Personalizing the rule for valuing spiritual gifts (1 Cor 14:6)

An illustration from woodwind and stringed instruments (1 Cor 14:7)

An illustration from brass instruments (1 Cor 14:8)

The application of these illustrations to human language (1 Cor 14:9)

There is no such thing as a meaningless language (1 Cor 14:10)

Lack of common understanding becomes a barrier that divides people (1 Cor 14:11)

Applying this truth about human language to the speaking gifts (1 Cor 14:12)

The requirement for the intelligible interpretation of the gift of tongues (1 Cor 14:13-19)

The Superiority of Prophecy over Tongues even for Unbelievers (1 Cor 14:20-25)

Specific Instructions for Regulating the Gifts in the Church (1 Cor 14:26-40)

A description of the current situation in the church at Corinth (1 Cor 14:26)

Regulating the use of Tongues (1 Cor 14:27-28)

Regulating the use of Prophecy (1 Cor 14:29-33)

Regulating the outspoken women in the church services (1 Cor 14:34-35)

Ensuring that the Corinthians have the right attitude about his instruction (1 Cor 14:36-38)

Summary statement concerning the use of Prophecy and Tongues (1 Cor 14:39-40)