I'VE BEEN GIVEN THE GIFT OF SPEAKING IN TONGUES? SHOULD I ALSO PRAY FOR THE GIFT OF INTERPRETATION?
Absolutely pray for the gift of interpretation. Paul did tell the Corinthians to “earnestly desire the spiritual gifts…” (1 Corinthians 14:1b ESV) and that to speak in tongues without interpretation is not helpful in building up the church (see v5).
Don’t neglect pursuing love. What most Christ-followers miss is that between the two chapters on the spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12 and 14) is the “love” chapter (1 Corinthians 13). Now weddings have hijacked chapter 13, so it’s easy to miss Paul’s point.
His point is that gifts are great, they’re necessary in growing a church towards spiritual maturity, but...without love even our gifts are nothing more than clanging cymbals. That’s why Paul tells us to “Pursue love” before he tells us to “earnestly desire the spiritual gifts.” (1 Corinthians 14:1a ESV).
So pray for the gift of interpretation, so your gift can be used to build up the body of Christ, but pursue love no matter what gifts God has given you. For the greatest of these is love.
IF YOU ARE A CHRIST FOLLOWER, HOW DO YOU REACH FAMILY AND FRIENDS THAT ARE UPSET YOU LEFT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH?
Let me begin by saying that I sympathize with your situation. Upset family and close friends are among the hardest people to reach. So here are some ideas on how to best reach them. First, show them that Jesus is your joy and that your hope is found solely in Him. They will pick up on inconsistencies between what you say you believe and how you live. No one is perfect, but they will (and probably are) evaluating the sincerity of your belief based on how you live.
Second, don’t bash the Roman Catholic Church. Do we agree with them on everything? No. Are there major points of disagreement between us and them? Yes. But will you win over your family members by critiquing their church? No. Be gracious and generous to them. Find things you can honestly celebrate about the Catholic Church and leave disagreements for another time.
Finally, love your family and friends more deeply than ever before. Love them when they disagree with you. Love them when they try to guilt you in coming back to their church. Love them even when they are upset with you. If you display Christ’s love to them, they may not ever agree with you, but they will know with certainty that they have been loved by you.
HELP ME CONTRAST ACTS 2:21 WITH MATTHEW 7:21. TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THE UNIQUENESS OF CALLING ON THE NAME OF THE LORD. ACTS USES "ALL", MATTHEW "NOT ALL"
For reference, here are the two scripture passages mentioned:
Acts 2:21 “And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
These two verses are contrasting true faith with false faith. In the Acts passage we read of the great hope of our Christian faith. Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord--in repentance and faith--will be saved. This is a true turning from your sin, selfishness, and self-justification and turning to Jesus Christ for the salvation of your soul.
The Matthew verse shows us that there will always be false converts among us. There will be people who seem to have repented and put their faith in Jesus, yet, they will hear from Him, “I never knew you” (“You never really believed in Me.”). Throughout the Bible we see that the church on earth is always a mix of believers and unbelievers. Sheep and wolves. Wheat and chaff.
The question we must all wrestle with is: Which “everyone” am I part of? And we should never answer this question on our own, but in the context of Christian community. People who love God and us and who are willing to reveal to us areas in our life that have yet to be fully submitted to Christ.