The Gift Of Tongues As Used In 1 Corinthians
1.  Speaking in Tongues is a spiritual gift given for the profit of a church congregation (12:7)
    • Paul possessed the gift and used it more than all of the Corinthians (14:18)
    • Paul wished that all the Corinthians could have the gift (14:5), but he says that all do
      not possess the gift (12:30)
    Paul lists the gift of tongues as last in importance of the spiritual gifts (12:28)
    Even so, the use of the gift is not to be forbidden (14:39)
    • One day in the future, the gift will cease  (13:8)

2.  Uninterrupted tongues address God alone (14:2)
    • No man understands the tongues speaker (14:2)
    • They speak mysteries in the spirit (14:2)

3.  Uninterrupted tongues strengthen the one speaking (14:4)
    • but it does not bear fruit in the speaker's mind (14:14)

4.  Uninterrupted tongues is of lesser value than prophecy (14:5)
    uninterpreted tongues do not instruct others, unlike prophecy (14:19)

5.  Uninterrupted tongues do not strengthen a church congregation (14:4,5,16,17)
    • are actually a source of confusion for the ungifted and unbelievers (14:23)

6.  Uninterrupted tongues are for a sign to unbelievers (14:22)
    • likely, a sign of judgment to unbelieving Jews (14:21)

7.  In church, speaking in tongues must be used to strengthen the congregation (14:12,13,26)
    • The message must be interpreted in church (14:27)
    • The speaker is to pray that he may interpret the message (14:13)
    • Speakers must be limited to two or three (14:27)
    • Speaking must take place by turns (14:27)
    • The speaker must keep silent if no interpreter is found (14:28)  
    • The speaker may speak to himself and God (14:28)

The Uses Of Tongues In The New Testament
    1.  As a way God authenticated that fact that a new group of Christians was entering the
    Church (in Acts 2:1-5 when Jews first entered the church, in Acts 8:14-19 when Samaritans
    first entered the Church, in Acts 10:44-46 when Gentiles first entered the Church, and in
    Acts 19:6 when followers of John the Baptist entered the Church)
    2.  Privately, it was used as a special way of having private prayer with God – 1 Cor. 14:2, 28
    3.  In church, it was used as a way to strengthen other Christians if it was accompanied with
    interpretation1 Cor. 14:5, 27-28
    4.  Nowhere in the Bible was this gift used to preach the gospel to others (when the disciples
    spoke in tongues in Acts 2, they spoke of the mighty works of God.  However, when it came
    time for Peter to preach the gospel, he spoke in the normal language of the audience.)

Is speaking in tongues needed to have the fullness of the Holy Spirit or His power?
    1. There is no command in Scripture to ever seek or speak in tongues.  Never.
    2. Peter, one of the first Christians to speak in tongues on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2,
    writes in 2 Peter 2:5-11 of seven crucial things to add to our faith after our salvation.  He
    lists moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness,
    and love.  He says if a person possess these qualities, he will be useful, fruitful and never
    stumble.  This would have been the perfect place for him to add that a person must speak
    in tongues to have the fullness of the Holy Spirit and His power, but he never says it.  He
    says instead that if these seven qualities are in our lives, we will have all we need to be
    powerful for God.