What does the Bible Teach about Tongues?

I Corinthians 12, 13

Over the past several weeks we have been looking at the teachings of the Charismatic movement. We have seen that God's Word is sufficient and we have no need of "special revelation". We have seen that God used miracles to authenticate His message and His messengers prior to the completion of God's Word. We have also studied the only three places in Scripture where God recorded tongues actually being spoken. Last week we took a close look at the church in Corinth where Paul wrote to correct many errors within that church. One of the problems was the perversion of the spiritual gifts within the church. Paul's first letter to the Corinthians was not a letter of commendation, but was one of rebuke for sinful practices. The church had embraced many pagan rituals and had made them a part of their worship service. The tragedy was intensified by their spiritual dullness and inability to discern whether what was happening was of God or of some other origin. Tonight we want to consider Paul's instruction in God's Word concerning the matter of tongues.

I. Tongues are not for all. (1 Co. 12:4- 11, 27-31)

II. Tongues will cease. (1 Co. 13:8)

III. Tongues was not the most important gift. (14:1-19)

IV. Tongues were for a sign. (v20-25)

Conclusion: I want to stop here for tonight. We will consider the regulations for the use of the biblical gift of tongues next week. What we need to be able to do is to discern exactly what does God's Word have to say about tongues?

If what is going on in today's Charismatic movement is of God, it would be in accordance with the Word of God. God will not contradict His Word. Paul said, "Brethren, be not children in understanding...but in understanding be men." Tonight, let's grow up in this matter of understanding what the Bible teaches about tongues. Where do you stand? There is no middle ground! May I encourage you to stand with God's Word? No matter what the issue, or what the situation, if we are going to be the kind of people that God wants us to be, we must come down on the side of God!