Sin City (7) - Notes
THE PROBLEM - Out of Control Gatherings
SMALL GROUP GUIDELINES
1. What’s shared here, stays here
2. Everyone is encouraged to participate
3. No one is allowed to dominate
1 Corinthians 14:26-40
What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up. If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and to God.
Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.
Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.
Or did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached? If anyone thinks they are a prophet or otherwise gifted by the Spirit, let them acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord’s command. But if anyone ignores this, they will themselves be ignored.
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.
Out of control …
1. Tongue Speakers
Control the …
1. Tongue Speakers
WOMEN IN WORSHIP - INTERPRETATIONS
- Paul is a male-chauvinist - just ignore him
- Paul is laying down a universal principle for all women at all times in all churches
- Paul encourages everyone to participate and has already called women to pray and prophesy, but now universally restricts women from authoritative speaking, such as the weighing of prophecy and teaching
1 Corinthians 11:4-5
Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is the same as having her head shaved.
- Paul encourages everyone to participate and has already called women to pray and prophesy. Paul then addresses a specific problem in Corinth - women were disrupting and dominating the gathering by asking so many questions (possibly about the tongues and prophecies). So Paul tells women to save their questions until they get home. Which means Paul WANTS women to learn, but not in a disruptive or domineering way. So Paul is not giving a universal principle except for the overarching principle that gatherings should not be out of control so they build everyone up. So if you don’t have the problem, you don’t need the solution. Women should be AND ARE ENCOURAGED TO BE as fully involved as men.
- Paul is actually strongly encouraging women to speak by strongly reacting against an opinion (quote) from the Corinthian church that women shouldn’t speak
1 Corinthians 14:35-36
“It is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.” Come on! (E´) Did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached?
- Ignore Paul
- Women should never speak
- Women may speak, but not teach
- Women should speak, but not in disruptive ways
BEST OPTION - Women should speak, but not in disruptive ways
- Paul is addressing a problem
- Paul’s use of “silence”
3 SILENTS IN THE NIV
1. Tongue speakers keep quiet
2. Prophets stop
3. Women remain silent
BETTER TRANSLATION - TRANSLATE ALL SILENTS THE SAME
1. Tongue speakers be quiet
2. Prophets be quiet
3. Women be quiet
- Paul’s partnership with women
1. Pray, prophesy & participate (1 Cor 11 & 14)
2. House church leaders (Chloe - 1 Cor 1:11)
3. Deacons, co-workers, apostles & teachers of teachers (Rom 16)
I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon [servant or minister] of the church in Cenchreae. I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of his people and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been the benefactor of many people, including me.
Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my co-workers in Christ Jesus. They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them.
Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.
Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, those women who work hard in the Lord. Greet my dear friend Persis, another woman who has worked very hard in the Lord.
Women are serving in growing numbers as leaders in Vineyard churches. In some cases, women serve as the sole senior pastor of a church. In others, husbands and wives are teaming together to share the role of senior pastor. Women also serve as staff pastors, ministry leaders, volunteers, elders, small group leaders, and church board members. Women serve trans-locally as area and regional leaders who care for groups of pastors within our movement and as members of the executive team that makes up our National Board. There are no areas of ministry or levels of leadership closed to women in the Vineyard.
And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
The Lord announces the word, and the women who proclaim it are a mighty throng.