Posted by: Heather | September 13, 2009

Cruising For Trouble

A week from tomorrow I will be speaking on 1 Cor 14:26-40. A couple of weeks ago when we elders had our not so regular meeting, I got a bit of ribbing from the guys about how the women in the church will all be mad at me. Read the text and you will understand.

1 Corinthians 14:26-40
(26) Then how is it, brothers? When you come together, each one of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be for building up.
(27) If one speaks in a language, let it be by two, or at the most three, and in succession. And let one interpret.
(28) But if there is no interpreter, let him be silent in a church; and let him speak to himself and to God.
(29) And if there are two or three prophets, let them speak, and let the others judge.
(30) If a revelation is revealed to another sitting by, let the first be silent.
(31) For you may all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all may be comforted.
(32) And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
(33) For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
(34) Let your women be silent in the churches; for it is not permitted to them to speak, but to be in subjection, as the Law also says.
(35) And if they desire to learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home; for it is a shame for a woman to speak in a church.
(36) Or did the Word of God go out from you? Or did it reach only to you?
(37) If anyone thinks to be a prophet, or a spiritual one, let him recognize the things I write to you, that they are a commandment of the Lord.
(38) But if any is ignorant, let him be ignorant.
(39) So then, brothers, seek to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak in languages.
(40) Let all things be done decently and in order.

So, not being above shameless plagiarism, I ask those of you who read this blog what your thoughts on this passage are.

Incidentally, I don’t think it is all about women being quiet. I am going to hold my cards for now, and then will follow up post after.

I really could use some help here folks! (wouldn’t want to have to turn in my ring and my tie-tack after this sermon! :-P)

Craig

PS: a couple of videos to add to the discussion

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