This talk explores Paul's discussion differentiating the public gift of tongues and the private gift of praying in the Spirit.
Paul's exhortation to desire the greater gifts should not infer levels of superiority of inherent value; for all gifts of the Spirit are of not inherently measurable as such. The greater gifts are referring to the context of public worship involving intelligibility. Intelligible gifts are greater for the purpose of the gathered community. This in no way depreciates the private gift of tongues in one's private devotional life. Prophecy speaks to the Body while tongues speaks to God.
Paul's desire is that everyone should speak in tongues ... pray in the Spirit in their private devotions ... for he speaks in tongues more than the Corinthians! But in public worship , intelligible gifts, such as prophecy, best serve the building up of the gathered body.
The aim of the talk is to encourage all to eager desire ... God, Grace, Gifts, Building up the Church ... fo