Balance, Maturity, and Order in the Church, Part 4 (1 Corinthians 14:33-40)
Spiritual maturity = The practice of love in the Church with spiritual gifts being exercised for the mutual good.
The church’s practice of public worship is a key indicator of spiritual maturity.
I. The place & purpose of prophecy/tongues in public worship
II. The place & practice of women in church leadership/authority
III. God assigns order to public worship gatherings
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1 Corinthians 14:33-40
33 For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.
As in all the churches of the saints, 34 the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. 35 If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.
36 Or was it from you that the word of God came? Or are you the only ones it has reached? 37 If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord. 38 If anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized. 39 So, my brothers, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. 40 But all things should be done decently and in order. (ESV)