I CORINTHIANS 14 - Answer key

Observation Part

1. What benefit did the Corinthian congregation receive when a man spoke in a tongue? (verses 2, 4) NONE

2. What benefit did the Corinthian congregation receive when a man prophesied? (verse 3, 4) EDIFICATION, EXHORTATION, AND COMFORT

3. What value does the Bible place on speaking in a tongue in comparison with prophecy? (verse 5) PROPHESY IS BETTER

4. According to verses 6-11, what is one problem with the gift of speaking in a tongue? PEOPLE CANNOT UNDERSTAND IT

5. How can the problem of Question 4 be avoided for the Corinthians? (verse 12) PEOPLE SHOULD SEEK TO EDIFY THE CHURCH

6. What is Paul's personal attitude toward the two gifts mentioned in this chapter? (verse 19) HE WOULD RATHER PROPHESY THAN SPEAK IN A TONGUE

7. For whose ears are tongues designed? (verse 22) UNBELIEVERS

8. For whose ears is prophesy designed? (verse 22) BELIEVERS

9. What kind of a reaction can be expected from an unbeliever when he hears someone speak in a tongue? (verse 23) HE MIGHT SAY THAT THE CHURCH IS MAD (CRAZY)

10. What kind of a reaction is possible from a believer when he hears someone prophesy? (verse 24, 25) HE WILL WORSHIP GOD AND GIVE A GOOD REPORT OF THE CONGREGATION

11. What are three rules found in verse 27 that governed the gift of speaking in a tongue?

a. TWO OR AT MOST THREE SPEAK IN A TONGUE

b. SPEAKING DONE BY COURSE (TAKING TURNS)

c. THERE MUST BE AN INTERPRETATION OF THE TONGUE

12. What are three rules found in verses 29-30 that govern the gift of prophecy?

a. TWO OR THREE SHOULD SPEAK

b. OTHERS SHOULD JUDGE OR DISCERN

c. ONE PERSON SPEAK AT A TIME

13. What is the rule for women in the worship service? (verse 34) THEY SHOULD KEEP SILENT

14. What gift should a Christian covet? (verse 39) PROPHESY

Objective part

1.    T    F*    According to verse one, Christians should desire and follow after the gifts of the Spirit such as tongues.

2. When the gift of tongues was combined with THE GIFT OF INTERPRETATION it was in some ways equivalent to the gift of prophecy.

3.    T    F*    Verse 5, as well as verse 18, supports the view that people in the church should seek the gift of tongues.

4.    T*    F    The members of the Corinthian church were required to seek the interpretation of a tongue.

5.    T*    F    The gift of tongues was useless by itself for the purpose of edifying the church.

6. The gift of tongues resembles which one of the following:

a) voices

b) musical instruments

c) trumpet

d)* speaking into the air

7.    T    F*    Without interpretation, the only one who understood the meaning of a tongue for sure was the one who spoke it.

8. Verse 20 means

a) The Corinthians should have a childlike trust in the message of a tongue.

b) The Corinthians should be mature, having had considerable experience in speaking in a tongue.

c)* The Corinthians should be mature, understanding God's purpose for the gift of tongues.

9. The gift of tongues is described by the word

a) love

b) understanding

c)* malice

d) salvation

10. The gift of tongues was called a sign because

a)* it was God's instrument of testing used to bring judgment rather than grace.

b) it identified people who were particularly spiritual.

c) it pointed to the leadership of the church

d) it was used by God to encourage those who were weak in the faith.

11.    T*    F    In contrast to the gift of tongues, the gift of prophesy is used by God to lead people to repentance.

12. The goal of all gifts of God is

a)* edification

b) prophecy

c) order

d) interpretation

13.    T    F*    Tongues are an evangelistic tool meant specifically for unbelievers' edification.

14. The three rules which govern both the gift of tongues and the gift of prophecy are

a) AT LEAST TWO BUT NO MORE THAN THREE MUST BRING THE MASSAGE (NEEDS CONFIRMATION)

b) THOSE WHO EXERCISE THE GIFT MUST TAKE TURNS EXPRESSING IT (NOT ALL AT THE SAME TIME)

c) THE MESSAGE DELIVERED MUST BE EXTRACTED AND UNDERSTOOD (INTERPRETATION REQUIRED, COMPARE OTHER SCRIPTURE TO IT)

15. Which verse in the book of Revelation states another very important rule to which both the gift of tongues and the gift of prophecy are subject? REVELATION 22:18

16. The gift of tongues was similar to the gift of prophecy in which of the following ways? (Choose one or more.)

a) They were both given to all believers.

b)* They both contained a rational message which could be written down.

c) They both edified believers.

d) They both edified unbelievers.

17. The gift of tongues was different from the gift of prophecy in which of the following ways? (Choose one or more.)

a) They were subject to different rules.

b)* Their outward form was different.

c) Only the gift of prophecy was from God.

d)* The gift of tongues is spoken of only in the book of I Corinthians.

18.    T*    F    Women were never allowed to use the gift of speaking in tongues in the church.

19.    T*    F    The Corinthians were making their own rules concerning the gifts of the Spirit.

20.    T    F*    Verse 39 shows that we must never say that a person ought not to speak in a tongue today.

Short answer

Write an answer to ONE of the following questions or requests. The answer must not be longer than one paragraph.

A. Why is it so important that the Corinthians seek the interpretation of a tongue? THE GIFT WAS GIVEN FOR EDIFICATION WHICH REQUIRED THAT THE CONTENT OF THE MESSAGE OF THE TONGUE BE UNDERSTANDABLE.

B. What value did Paul think the gift to speak in a tongue had for him personally? IT HAD LITTLE VALUE IN ITSELF, FOR IT DID NOT EDIFY HIMSELF OR OTHERS. HE WAS GLAD THAT HE HAD FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE IN A PHENOMENON WHICH WS TROUBLING THE CHURCH SO THAT HE COULD OFFER COUNSEL.

C. Show how I Cor. 14:5, 22, 27-33, and Rev. 22:7, 9,18, help to resolve the question of whether the gift of tongues is a valid gift for today. THE RULES ARE THE SAME FOR BOTH TONGUES AND PROPHESY. THEREFORE SINCE THERE IS NO NEW PROPHESY OUT SIDE OF THE BIBLE TODAY, THERE IS NO MESSAGE FROM GOD IN TONGUES TODAY.

Essay

Write an answer to the following question or request. Limit your essay to two pages double spaced. Support your statements and conclusions with quotes from the Bible and the analysis of I Corinthians.

What was the purpose for which God gave the Corinthian church the gift of tongues? TO TEST THE MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH THEN AND NOW, IN ORDER TO SEE IF THE MEMBERS VALUED THE OUTWARD MANIFESTATION RATHER THAN THE INWARD SPIRITUAL EDIFICATION.

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