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Against All Odds
Our Goal: Build the Church | February 28, 2021
1 Corinthians 14:1-25
- 1Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. 2For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. 3But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. 4Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. 5I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues,[c] unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified.
- 6Now, brothers and sisters, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or word of instruction? 7Even in the case of lifeless things that make sounds, such as the pipe or harp, how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes? 8Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? 9So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air. 10Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning. 11If then I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying, I am a foreigner to the speaker, and the speaker is a foreigner to me. 12So it is with you. Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church.
- 13For this reason the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that they may interpret what they say. 14For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. 15So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding. 16Otherwise when you are praising God in the Spirit, how can someone else, who is now put in the position of an inquirer, say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since they do not know what you are saying? 17You are giving thanks well enough, but no one else is edified.
- 18I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. 19But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.
- 20Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults. 21In the Law it is written: “With other tongues and through the lips of foreigners I will speak to this people, but even then they will not listen to me, says the Lord.”
- 22Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is not for unbelievers but for believers. 23So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and inquirers or unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind? 24But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all, 25as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!”
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Encourage an Educator
Sunday, March 7 | All Campuses
Among the many heroes during this pandemic are our educators. It has been a year of pivots -learning technology and figuring out ways to engage and connect with students and families under great stress. As more schools are opening for in-person learning with many adjustments for safety, our educators are making new pivots now too.
On Sunday, March 7 we will have notes of encouragement and praise for these educators at our partner schools at all three campuses waiting to be signed by you. If you are watching online and want to virtually sign a note, use this form.
Classes: March 18 | 7 PM | Online (Adults) & March 16 | 6:30 PM | Online (Grades 3-6)
Service: March 28 | All Campuses
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Wednesday, April 28 | 3-5 PM | DeForest Campus
It's an awkward time to engage in service, but there is a need and we have a strategic opportunity to serve. Help us #FillTheVan with nonperishables and toiletries to support the students and families of Sandburg, Mendota and Westside Elementary Schools. Each Tuesday, from 9 am to 2 pm, the Door of Hope van will be parked by the main entrance of Sprecher Road Campus to be filled up! There also will be a van in the DeForest Campus parking lot on Wednesday, April 28 that will support the Village of DeForest Food Pantry.
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