Daily Scripture & Questions
I Corinthians 12-14 These three chapters deal with spiritual gifts: first generally and then specifically, prophesy and tongues. Why are spiritual gifts given to believers (12:7)? Who decides who gets what gifts (12:11, 18)? Do all possess any one gift (12:27-30)? What is the still more excellent way than merely seeking the higher gifts (12:31)? How does true love change the dynamic of how the gifts are used in the body of believers? In seeking to define “tongues” from chapter 14, what are the characteristics of this gift that is given to some (see 14:2, 4, 14-17, 28; compare Acts 10:46)? In public, should there be tongue speaking if they are not interpreted? Prophesy is spoken in understandable words, based on something that God suddenly brings to mind of the speaker. These words are given for what purposes (14:3, 25, 30)? They are not authoritative like the Bible, but rather they must be weighed (14:29). How is 14:40 a good summary of these instructions for public worship?
Family Devotions-Scripture & Questions
Read I Corinthians 13:1-13. If we use our spiritual gifts or do tremendous sacrificial things but don’t have the motive of love, what is the end value in God’s eyes? In verses 4-7, you can put Jesus’ name where the word “love” is, and it still makes sense and it is true. When you put your name in, where does the passage ring true? At what point do you need to ask God for greater love?
Biblical Prayer Focus
Luke 11:2-4 And he said to them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.’”
Expand on each of the phrases in Jesus’ example prayer for us.