Title: “Prophecy, Tongues, and Using Your Gift” – Sermon by Jeff Piepho, part of the “1 Corinthians (Jesus Above All Things)” series (June 11, 2023)
Jeff Piepho’s sermon, as part of the “1 Corinthians (Jesus Above All Things)” series, titled “Prophecy, Tongues, and Using Your Gift” elucidates the significance and application of spiritual gifts, primarily focusing on the gift of tongues and prophecy based on 1 Corinthians 14:1-5.
Piepho begins by exploring the origin of tongues from Acts 2:1-9, the day of Pentecost, where believers were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in different tongues. He uses 1 Corinthians 12:7 to stress that the manifestation of these spiritual gifts is meant for the “common good” of the church.
While speaking in tongues can be a beneficial spiritual gift, Piepho highlights that if the language spoken is not understood by others, it fails to serve its intended purpose of benefiting the Church. Therefore, he posits that the gift of prophecy is superior, as it can be understood by all, unless the tongues are interpreted for everyone’s understanding.
Piepho then uses excerpts from Ecclesiastes 4:1-11 to underline the importance of companionship and serving others. Citing Dr. Redford Williams, he explains that strong social ties can enhance a person’s longevity and overall well-being. Similar to Solomon’s conclusions, he emphasizes that God has endowed each individual with unique abilities to serve others, leading to increased happiness, spiritual growth, and purpose.
Piepho concludes his sermon with a practical application: encouraging believers to use their abilities in service of others, particularly within the church. He encourages trying out different areas of service and observing whether it leads to the manifestation of spiritual gifts and personal fulfillment.