Here are some powerful quotes related to the study of 1 Corinthians 14.1-25. I am grateful for resources that shape my understanding of the passage and also shape my heart in how to live.
The great need of our time is for people to experience the living reality of God by hearing his word personally and transformingly in Scripture. Something is incredibly wrong when the words we hear outside Scripture are more powerful and more affecting to us than the inspired word of God.
Love is the Christlikeness within us that motivates us to reach out to serve others. Love must control. Though the theme of this chapter is a discussion of tongues and prophesying, love is the foundation of everything Paul says. The purpose of the gifts is to build others up; the gifts are instruments of Christlike love. If we do not understand that the gifts are to be motivated and controlled by love, we do not understand spiritual gifts.
Being a prophetic voice is being able to connect the story of God to the story of people’s everyday lives. It is doing it in such a way that it helps people make sense of their lives and struggles while bringing about redemption and restoration
Though he (Jesus) could have been self-interested, he chose to be other-interested. Though he could have spoken another language—one that was beyond us, a heavenly coded language... He adapted himself to our language in order that he might be understood. And in order to make clear his commitment to us, and to overcome our self-interest and sin, he gave himself up in the most intelligible act of all time—the cross of Christ. This act made it forever clear and undeniable that “God so loved the world.” How could he have made it any clearer? And now all of our gifts are intended to be used to make this redemptive act of God clear and compelling.