After correcting the problems of rivalry and competition concerning the spiritual gifts the Christians in Corinth have received, the apostle Paul now directs the congregation concerning how their assembly should function. As we noted in the previous lesson, 1 Corinthians 14 is one of the best passages we have to give us insight into what the first century assembly looked like. So as we read these directions, we will consider how we can follow the directions and pattern established by God for the assembly. It is especially important to carefully study this passage and remember the context because there are many verses in this section that have been taken out of context and misapplied.
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