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Core Christianity: Tough Questions Answered

Understanding the Gift of Tongues

aired February 5, 2020

Episode 373 Show Notes 

From the Show

I don't think Paul in Ephesians 6:8 is talking about tongues at all. He says, "pray in the Spirit at all times with every kind of prayer and petition." To pray in the Spirit is not to pray in a language that you don't know; to pray in the Spirit is actually to be thoughtful and deliberate, to know what you're praying. Whatever tongues refers to in 1 Corinthians 14, speaking unintelligible utterances couldn't have been what was happening. Paul says in that very chapter that everything done in public worship must be intelligible, that it must be understood by the hearers. 

—Michael Horton

Questions in this Episode

1. I have a friend who thinks that praying in the Spirit means praying in tongues. I don’t necessarily agree with that because I heard something different, but I was just wondering what you thought.

2. Hello Pastor Adriel and Dr. Horton, first thank you for your ministry, it has helped me hear the gospel on a daily basis, which helps me trust God's promises further. I wanted to ask you a question about Sunday worship. Recently my church had a "Serve Sunday" where the normal worship services were cancelled, and the church went and served various tasks in the community for those in need. Do you think this is appropriate? I'm trying to be in careful submission to the pastor and elders placed as authorities, but I can't help feeling that this Sunday was a day the gospel, which I so desperately need, was not preached to the body of Christ. Thank you so much for considering my question.

3.  What does it mean in the book of Isaiah where it says, “Foreigners shall build up your walls, and their kings shall minister to you; for in my wrath I struck you, but in my favor I have had mercy on you.”?

4. How much money should a Pastor make?

5. Should we continue to forgive people who sin against us over and over again?


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Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Tim Keller


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