Title: “The Gift of Tongues: Its Proper Place and Use” – Sermon by Jeff Piepho (July 30, 2023)
In his sermon titled “The Gift of Tongues: Its Proper Place and Use” as part of the “1 Corinthians (Jesus Above All Things)” series, Jeff Piepho delves into the intriguing topic of the gift of tongues, a subject that has often been the cause of contention within the Christian community. Based on 1 Corinthians 14, Piepho outlines the original purpose and practical application of this spiritual gift within the church.
The sermon begins with Piepho emphasizing the goal of spiritual gifts, which is for the “common good” of the church community. The gift of tongues, in particular, was originally meant to benefit those who hadn’t heard the gospel. Piepho stresses the importance of using spiritual gifts in a way that builds and strengthens the church, rather than focusing on self-gratification.
Drawing from different sections of 1 Corinthians 14, he explains how the uninterpreted use of tongues is unfruitful and unhelpful, even if it provides a spiritual thrill. He underscores that God wants our spiritual gifts to be used practically, to benefit others.
Piepho encourages Christians to find their gifts and abilities and put them to use within the church, highlighting the importance of mentorship and training for the younger generation in understanding and using their spiritual gifts effectively.
In the end, Piepho advises that prophecy and teaching, due to their capacity to enhance collective understanding of God’s truth, are more important than tongues. He also emphasizes the need for practical service within the church community, encouraging Christians to be there for each other in times of need.
This sermon provides a balanced and practical perspective on the often-misunderstood gift of tongues, guiding believers on how to navigate and apply their spiritual gifts for the greater good of the church.