What are you asking, are you looking for a Revival type fellowship again or want to come to know the Lord personally?
have come to know him personally when I realised what the good news
are. It was from that point that I felt a change of heart, something
completely different to what I experienced when I first spoke in
'tongues'. So, no I'm not looking for another tongue-based fellowship.
Thank you for your suggestions.
1 cor 12.29-30 I would answer no, they don't. But then in the next chapter it says "i would that you all spoke in tongues".
I understand this as Paul saying he would like them to speak in different languages so they would be able to reach more people. It
makes sense that Paul also states "I thank my God I speak in tongues more
than ye all" (14:18) because this way he is able to share the gospel
with more people. Yet in church he'd rather speak in a language the whole church understands.
verse on it's own rarely means much. He's talking about how meatings
are conducted in these chapters, and not everyone will speak in
tongues(or prophesies, or teaches...ect) in any given meeting. Some times you will be used a lot in a meeting, other times you won't do much.
Then why are some known for being teachers, yet others not known for being interpreters? Paul says someone speaking in an unknown language is to be silent if there is no interpreter (1 Cor 14:28). How do you know an interpreter is present or not if it could be anyone?
I don't believe that there are only certain people in the church who
can pray for healings, and only certain others who can pray for miracles
any more than I believe only some speak in tongues ever.
It looks like God had decided there are though...
God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets,
thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps,
governments, diversities of tongues. (1 Cor 12:28)
in the chapter it also says "...to another divers kinds of tongues..."
but it also says one has the word of wisdom, another the word of
knowledge, to another faith...". if these verses say only some
christians speak in tongues then we also have to conclude that only some
christians have faith.
Look at verse 7: But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
The gift of faith is given to a person for the edification of the church. It is not the faith that saves a believer. It is an extraordinary confidence in God's capabilities.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By
faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so
that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. (Heb 11:1-3)
Jesus answered and said
unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye
shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye
shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the
sea; it shall be done. (Matt 21:21)
have tried to move a mountain and – believe it or not – it did not
move. Would you say I'm not saved because I did not have enough faith
for this mountain to be removed?
I would look to other verses such as acts 10 for information on what happens when a person receives the holy spirit.
have done so and came to the conclusion that people were accompanied by
various signs (e.g. Acts 2:1-4, 8; 4:31; 8:14-18; 9:17-19; 10:44-48;
I can't see anyone seeking for a sign, let alone a specific one. So who
are we to tell God we need proof (which really is no proof at all since
anyone can make up 'tongues')?
For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it
pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; (1 Cor 1:21-23) (Message edited by mountainlander On 10/08/2016 7:33 AM)