Speaking in Tongues Defined
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them. (Acts 2:4, NET)
Speaking with (or in) tongues is “the supernatural gift of speaking in another language without it having been learnt.” The Greek word underlying this phrase is “glossa”, which means a tongue, either as the organ of the body or as a language. Hence, a modern theological term for speaking in tongues is “glossolalia”. Some modern translations render the KJV phrase “speak with other tongues” as “speak in foreign tongues” (Moffat), “speak in foreign languages” (Good speed), and “speak in different languages” (Phillips).
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Each day brings questions for which we need answers. In a world that grows more complex hour by hour we constantly face new problems and opportunities. What should we do? How should we react? What can we believe? The word of God has the answers to all of these questions. Often we just don’t know where in it to find those answers. Below are some:
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5. Consequences of poor preparation
I. People will leave your Church Often a sermon preached without preparation leads the congregation to boredom. “Preach It” tells what happens when the Pastor preach boring sermons.
People leave the church because of boring sermons. Some people can tell when a preacher is shooting from the hip or preaching to the choir. ‘…Study to show yourself approved…’ (2 Timothy 2:15). You are not going to keep some people unless your messages are getting into their heart and mind. They have come to hear a Word from God. Get one from the Lord for yourself and then give it to the congregation.
II. You make a clown out of yourself An unprepared Preacher would do any thing and everything to cover the poor condition of his sermon. In his effort to convince the congregation there’s a good chance he will sound like a joker.
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5. Myths that promote poor preparation
I. Preparation indicates ministerial immaturity and inexperience
This is a popular myth promoted by lazy Preachers so that they can defend their ground. Frankly speaking as long as you have memorized the Bible it’s very easy to pick up a scripture verse, find correlating verses, put them together then call it a sermon and claim yourself matured and experienced. But as I told you before, such messages sound like a prematurely born baby.
II. Messages prepared in advanced are not from God
This is just another nonsense lazy Preachers use to defend their ground, or they accuse that Preachers who seek prior preparation lacks anointing. This is not true. Click here to read the rest of, Why preparation is important for a Preacher? – Part 2
Preaching God’s word is amongst the greatest privileges entrusted to us. It is also one of our greatest responsibilities. Through preaching God has chosen to reveal himself to man (1 Corinthians 1:21, NET) . This knowledge of God, is able to lead man to eternal salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. It is also able to transform them into the image and likeness of God (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Therefore any Preacher who doesn’t take time to prepare prior to the delivery of a message, is guilty of being unfaithful to God’s calling. Let us see why preparation is important for a Preacher?
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