Pastor's Paragraph, 11/28/2017

Dear Church Family,

As we move into this holiday season, we all will be busy with various obligations. The rush of activity can be exhilarating while at the same time overwhelming. We can find time becoming more precious than usual as we hope to spend it with family and friends. It is easy to begin placing our hope for holiday joy on other people or finding it lacking because of those who are gone. My prayer for you and for myself is that we make certain we find our joy in its proper place by focusing on Emmanuel (God with us).

Sunday the sermon series continues with the first of a two part look at 1 Corinthians 14:1-25. Paul has been contending with the abuse of spiritual gifts and the elitist behavior of those within the Corinthian church. He has previously demonstrated that each gift is valuable, thereby each member of the church, for the furtherance of the Gospel. Paul has reminded them of the necessity of a Christ like love being needed to make any gift beneficial. He has challenged them to refocus on Christ’s love for them so that they may love each other likewise. Paul now turns to deal with the abuse and failure of the people in relation to the gift of tongues.

The Corinthians have elevated a lesser gift to prominence and have used it for self-glorification. The very act of speaking out loud in a disruptive manner with a language no one can understand has only the purpose of bringing attention to one’s self. Tongues was given for the edification of the church and other believers, not for a personal usage and self-gratification. Paul challenges them logically by asking what good comes out of sharing Gospel truth in a language the other person cannot understand. The Gospel must be shared in the way or manner the hearer can receive it. Are we much like the Corinthians speaking a foreign language with our religious overtures? Are we willing to speak the language of those who need the Gospel?

FBCBC is where the “impossible” is a living reality every day and Christ is who we seek to exalt. Invite someone to be a part of what God is doing at FBCBC.

Your Pastor,
Douglas Shows
1 Corinthians 14:9

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