What is Important to Know: (Exegetical Perspective)
After his eloquent words about love, Paul gives a concrete example of how that love should work out. As in chapter 11, Paul here wants to help the Corinthians understand better about worship. Apparently the worship services at Corinth were incoherent and chaotic, with several people talking away in tongues at once. Some in the church considered the gift of tongues to be the most impressive spiritual gift, perhaps because it was the most exotic. I have attended Pentecostal worship services and have seen people speak in tongues. I have no reason to doubt that the gift can be real. I have never experienced it myself, and don’t think I have missed anything. Paul wants to emphasize that the edification of the church matters more than showing off about speaking in tongues. He wants the worship services conducted with dignity, so that people, especially new people, will not feel overwhelmed or confused. We offer worship to God, and we worship in order to build up the church. Unfortunately, the words in verses 34 and 35 have caused much harm to women leaders. Scholars strongly suspect that these verses were added later, by a scribe copying the book, and were not written by Paul. The concern is not with women teaching, or praying or prophesying, but with women talking to their husbands during the service. Chapter 11 makes clear that women can preach and pray in church.
Where is God in These Words: (Theological Perspective)
God gives spiritual gifts to members of the church for the edification of the church. Paul summarizes God’s position in this issue in verse 33: “God isn’t a God of disorder but of peace.”
What Does This Mean For Our Lives: (Pastoral Perspective)
The specific issue of speaking in tongues does not come up in our church very often, if at all. The issue of what worship means does come up. Worship should combine energy and dignity. The tongue speakers provided energy for the service, but not a sense of order. Worship should balance enthusiasm with structure, so that the energy does not get out of hand. We learn more from this passage about reading the Bible carefully, not taking verses out of context. Women have faced obstacles to sharing their gifts with the church because of verses 34 and 35. We should read scripture carefully, taking into account how and when it was written.
What is God’s Word Calling us to Do: (Homiletical Perspective)
This chapter calls us to use our gifts for the edification of the church. It calls us to seek God’s word of prophecy for the church. It calls us to reflect on ways that our worship combines energy and dignity.
Questions for Reflection:
In what ways can we combine energy and structure in worship? What gifts can we use?
In what ways should we seek the edification of the church? How does our desire for attention get in the way of that edification?
In my experience, very few people feel entirely comfortable with their prayer life. This week we will look at Luke’s version of the Lord’s Prayer, shorter than Matthew’s version. Jesus also teaches about prayer. How we understand God affects how we understand prayer. Join us for “Prayers That Don’t Sting” from Luke 11:1-12.
In the combined Sunday School class Deborah Miracle will return and resume her study of “Love Does.”
State funding does not provide hygiene items for the 330 patients, so inventory levels are maintained through the generosity of businesses and individuals in the 22 counties of Northeast Texas area the hospital serves.
Located in the lobby of the Operations Center, Resource Center and the Main Lobby of American National Bank are red collection baskets for various items that are needed. As you purchase weekly items for your household, please consider those less fortunate and drop a few things in the collection baskets for the patients at the hospital. A listing is below.
This collection drive will end on Monday, July 25, 2016.
The purpose of the campaign is to ensure that all school supplies purchased are fully benefiting teachers and students. The fair will include immunizations, haircuts, hot dogs, uniforms and entertainment, plus vendor opportunities — churches, FFA, Scouts, health professionals, etc. However, we will not be handing out backpacks and school supplies. Supplies will be presented to homerooms teachers to be provided to the students they identify as in-need.
You can provide school supplies for a classroom, or an entire grade, or an entire school.
Here’s how it works:
Adopt a Classroom: A $250 contribution will provide school supplies for one Terrell ISD classroom.
Adopt a Grade: A $4,500 contribution will provide school supplies for an entire grade.
Adopt a School: A contribution of $9,000 will provide school supplies for an entire elementary or middle school of your choice. A contribution of $18,000 will provide a set of school supplies for the entire high school.
Before the first day of school, each teacher will receive a gift box filled with student school supplies to keep in their classroom. The box will also include a note with information about the individual, business, or local organization that adopted their classroom. The donor will also receive a poster with information about the classroom, grade, or school they adopted.
All donations for the “Adopt a Classroom” campaign will be exclusively allocated for the purchase of classroom school supplies for students. All contributions will be collected by the Terrell Share Center, located at 103 Jones Street, Terrell, TX 75160. Please make checks payable to “Citywide Back-to-School Fair.”
For more information, please contact Leigh Pool, Betty Glaeser, or Rachel Frost at TISD.