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1 Corinthians
This is a series looking at one of the Apostle Paul’s longest letters. Corinth is in modern-day Greece and was a thriving commercial centre due to its proximity to the sea. As a church it certainly had its problems. But then what church doesn’t have problems?

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8 June, 2014 ()

Bible Text: Peter MacPherson |


1 Corintians 14:20-40 | Peter MacPherson |

Today we look at the second half of 1 Cor 14. It is a complex and highly debated section in the letter as it not only continues discussing the nature of tongues and prophecy but also raises the issue of women speaking in church and the very nature of church services themselves (eg the tension between order and spontaneity, leadership and participant contribution). Naturally these issues cannot be addressed in full in just one sermon. Peter MacPherson’s aim will simply be to give a sense of the passage and highlight some of the issues.

If you would like to follow up on tongues and prophecy you could read the following: Wayne Grudem The Gift of Prophecy; Jack Deere The Beginner’s Guide to the Gift of Prophecy; or Don Carson Showing the Spirit: A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians 12-14.

On women in the church try: Speaking of Women: Interpreting Paul Andrew Perriman; Two Views on Women in Ministry James Beck (editor; revised edition 2005).

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