- Try to form a mental picture of the church’s worship in Corinth. In what ways did it differ from the church’s worship today?
Did it include any features, no longer familiar, which it would be good to see restored?
- What two principles should govern the conduct of public worship and of church gatherings?
How did Paul apply these principles in his directions about public worship in Corinth?
- Many in the church at Corinth seem to have wanted to speak in tongues.
a. What assessment does Paul make of this gift?
b. What was Paul’s counsel to those who were eager for manifestations of the Spirit?
c. Which gift do you eagerly desire?
Note. Verse 3. Prophecy might include foretelling of the future (Acts 11:28), but was more normally a foretelling of God’s will for present ‘strengthening, encouragement and comfort’.
In contrast to an unintelligible ‘tongue’, it was readily understandable and practically relevant to the hearers.