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When it comes to Bible study, these three remain: structure, pattern and thought flow; but the greatest of these is thought flow.
First Corinthians 12–14 forms one long coherent argument emphasizing that every believer is a member of the Body of Christ; every believer has been baptized in the Holy Spirit; every gift is given primarily for the communication of God’s truth, for comfort and edification. Dr Gooding asks us to consider various questions, bearing in mind what Paul said: ‘the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord’ (14:37).
Chapter 12: How would you distinguish between what is a true gift of the Holy Spirit and what is false? Why are some members of the Body more necessary than others? Why are some gifts greater than others?
Chapter 13: What should be the prime motivation for seeking gift? What does ‘that which is perfect’ mean?
Chapter 14: Why must we evaluate what is said by a teacher or spoken in a tongue? What are the three situations in which members of the church are to keep, or be, silent? What role do women have, when Paul has told them not to speak in the church?
Recorded at Apsley Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1989.