1 Corinthians 1:1 Pursue love, and desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
4 He who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but he who prophesies builds up the church.
5 I desire that you all speak in tongues, but especially that you would prophesy; and greater is he who prophesies than he who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, that the church may receive building up.
Paul focuses in his epistle to the church in Corinth on the matter of prophesying in chapter 14. He says Purse love, desire spiritual gifts but especially that you may prophesy. So the main point is prophesying. Why does he bring this matter up? Because this is absolutely for the building up of the church! In verse 4 he says that he who prophesies builds up the church. Then in verse 5 he says that he desires especially that we would all prophesy speaking of all the believers. Here we must touch a crucial point. The church must not have merely hired speakers and the rest of the people lying dormant. The christian meeting is one of mutuality with all believers speaking for the Lord. This is what is revealed in 1 Corinthians 14 and what was practiced by the early church. But here in the pure word of God, it is altogether God’s desire that all of his people speak for him that the church may be built up. If you’re not convinced stay tuned this week for more on this subject.