Spiritual Gift of Tongues

Tongues (1 Corinthians 14:2, 14:39)

Definition:
The spiritual gift of Tongues is the supernatural ability to speak in a previously unknown language privately to God, or may be interpreted for the encouragement of believers in a corporate gathering.

Description:
The spiritual gift of Tongues is seen in operate in two primary ways in the New Testament:
1.) As a private prayer language for personal edification uttering mysteries to God which no one understands unless an interpretation is given. (1 Corinthians 14:2).
2.) As a prophetic utterance that may be understood by some hearers present, and must be interpreted for the rest of the church to be edified (Acts 2:11) (1 Corinthians 14:56,27).

Example from the Scripture:
The spiritual gift of Tongues is mentioned in multiple times throughout the New Testament: Acts 2:12, 10:46, 19:6 and 1 Corinthians 12:10, 30; 14:56,18, 21-23.

When this gift is present:
When the spiritual gift of Tongues is active in the local church believers are personal built up, and when interpreted the church is greatly encouraged by the message that is brought forth.

When this gift is absent:
We must ask ourselves why this gift is absent in the life of a local church. If it is absent, it is because God is not pouring out his Spirit through this gift that we must pray for and earnestly seek (1 Corinthians 14:5). If this gift is missing because we have become cynical we must repent of restricting the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 14:39).

Do you have the spiritual gift of Tongues?

* Have you prayed in an unknown language?
* Have you given a message in tongues during a prayer meeting or church service?
* Take our free spiritual gift test

Practical ways to implement and develop the spiritual gift of Tongues:
* Ask your pastor how the Gift of Tongues should be used in your church.
* Spend time praying that God would strengthen this gifting.
* Check out our Bible Studies on spiritual gifts.
* Check out our videos and interviews.
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Ministry opportunities:
* Intercession/ Prayer team
* Prophetic ministry team

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