1 Corinthians 14

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.


  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.  

Read 1 Corinthians 14

For building up the church.

Apostle Paul specified two spiritual gifts for attention— prophecy and speaking in tongues— out of the context of the Corinthian church.

Corinthian church was rich in spiritual gifts (1:4-9, 12:1-31), vital and vibrant. At the same time Corinthian church had some problems, division, conflict, controversy on certain matters, disorder in worship and Lord’s Supper. Overall reading of chapter 14 indicates that they gathered for worship informally at the same time unorderly way (v.26-33).

Out of this context, Apostle Paul taught that the gift of tongue was for his/her own benefit, their own praying to God unless there was interpretation for others, whereas prophecy was for the whole church, even for the benefit of those who did not have faith because they understood it.

Speaking in tongue and prophecy are spiritual gifts and he Apostle Paul made a point clearly— “let all things be done for building up the church.” (v.26). He received the gift of speaking in tongue and he confessed, “But in the church, I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.” (v.19).  “God is a God not of disorder but of peace.” (v.33)

“Women should remain silent in the churches.” (v.34) has been debated based on biblical, historical, contextual, and theological understanding. It has been practiced differently among churches.   

After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.

  • Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
  • Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
  • Live it out through the day.

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