Continuing my series on Spirit this week.
Looking at the idea of being filled with the Spirit. Is there any topic that has caused more concern and angst amongst 1980’s churches than this one?
The issues about charismata, sign gifts, have caused untold stress and angst amongst more conservative churches for years.
Now, we find ourselves in the midst of the “Third Wave”, so named by Peter Wagner. In a cultural response, similar to that found in modern culture, most people’s attitudes towards tongue speaking etc seems to be, whatever works for you.
Let us consider this verse from 1 Corinthians 14.1
“Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy”
Paul goes on to state that while the gift of tongues can edify us, what is more important is that we use our spiritual gifts to edify others.
But what strikes me about this verse is the idea that we should eagerly desire spiritual gifts. Other versions state it as, we should pursue, spiritual gifts.
Have you, are you, pursuing spiritual gifts?