A Short Study on 1 Corinthians 14:1-40
First, read 1 Corinthians 14:1-40 and then spend some time working through the following questions.
Define “Prophesying” (vs 1)
Define “Speaking in Tongues” (vs 2)
What is the purpose of a Spiritual Gift? Base on this answer, which is greater, prophesying or speaking in tongues (vs 5)?
What does Paul say benefits others (vs 6)?
Explain Paul’s illustrations in verse 7.
How is the mind of the worshiper supposed to be involved in worship (vs 13-19)?
Paul’s statement in verse 19 is a very extreme one. What is his intent in going so extreme with this illustration?
What does Paul say is the difference between the effect both tongues and prophesying have on a non-believer (vs 23-25)?
What does Paul then say is the purpose of coming together as a church and how is this accomplished (vs 26)?
What does Paul say must accompany the speaking of tongues when the church gathers (vs 28)?
What is Paul’s main point in verses 29-33?
Do verses 34-36 seem to come out of nowhere? Why does Paul place this statement in this part of the letter? Does this still apply today?
Verses 37-40 make Paul’s three main points in this section of the epistle. What are those three main points? Do they still apply to today’s church? Why or why not?
If we are to behave as Paul describes in this chapter then what is the overarching attitude that we should bring to our Sunday gatherings?
Worship Songs for Sunday:
- The Good Book Guide to 1 Corinthians by Mark Dever
- For Everyone Bible Guides by N.T. Wright
- Bible Questions of 1st Corinthians by David E. Pratte