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TONGUES WORKSHOP

This workshop is available to all members of CFC, and is particularly recommended for
preparing CLP team members for the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
The workshop's goal is to teach the participants about the gift of tongues, and to help them yield
to tongues. On a more general level, the workshop can lead the participants to a deeper experience of the workings of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
CFC clusters are encouraged to regularly schedule this Tongues Workshop for their members.
Chapter Heads can also arrange for this workshop for smaller groups of participants whenever
deemed necessary.
Schedule
30 minutes
15 minutes
60 minutes
5 minutes
45 minutes

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arrival, registration and fellowship


short worship (2 praise songs)/opening prayer
talk on "The Gift of Tongues"
stretch break
workshop proper

It is possible to add a WORKSHOP FOR BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT to the above. The
procedure for this is attached.

CFC PFO. July 7, 1995. 9 pages.

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TONGUES WORKSHOP
TALK : THE GIFT OF TONGUES
Expanded Outline
A. Introduction.
1. We all have been prayed with for baptism in the Spirit. Having asked and received, the
Holy Spirit is at work in us in a new way.
a) Part of the Spirit's work is implanting a desire in our hearts to have more and more of
God, to continue to experience Him more intimately.
b) One powerful experience some lack is speaking in tongues.
2. In the Bible, we first encounter speaking in tongues in the book of Acts, on the day of
Pentecost.
a) It was something totally new, appearing only at this time.
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We have encountered the other spiritual gifts (1 Cor 12:8-10) in the Old
Testament and the gospels (Note: an example of interpretation is Daniel figuring
out the handwriting on the wall). But tongues is new.

b) Tongues is also unique.


Pentecost.

It is a prominent feature in the church established at

3. Speaking in tongues is for all of us. "Now I should like all of you to speak in tongues" (1
Cor 14:5).
B. What is the gift of tongues?
1. A definition: Speaking in tongues is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit where one speaks
an unintelligible utterance or a language which he does not know, and which he does not
understand.
a) It is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit.
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Acts 2:4, 10:45-46, 19:6.

It is directly connected with the outpouring of the Spirit on people.

b) It could very well be an actual language.

There are many different languages in the world (1 Cor 14:10). In fact, there are
over 6,000 languages and dialects. Some of them sound like gibberish. Some are
merely grunts.

Actual sentences can sound like baby talk. A Filipino example: A conversation
between an elevator operator and a passenger. "Bababa ba?" (Is this going
down?). "Bababa" (Yes, it is going down).

2. Speaking in tongues is speaking to God. 1 Cor 14:2.


a) It is speaking to God beyond the limits of human intelligible language.
expressing the inexpressible.

It is

b) Being addressed to God, there is no need for people to understand what is being said.
God understands.
C. Why is tongues important?
1. Tongues is important because it is a gift of the Spirit. 1 Cor 12:4,10.
a) Every gift from God is good and desirable.
b) Tongues was a common experience in the apostolic Church.
2. Tongues is important as a gift of prayer.
a) Prayer is one of the most basic components of the life of a Christian. We all want to
experience prayer in a more powerful way.
b) Tongues connects us directly to God. 1 Cor 14:2.
c) Tongues allows us to pray with our spirit and not merely with our mind. 1 Cor 14:14.
3. Tongues is important because it helps build up the body of Christ.
a) It is an important ministry in the Church, a ministry designated by God Himself. 1
Cor 12:28.
b) Ministries in the Church are designed to build up the body. Eph 4:11-12.
D. What is the value of tongues for us personally?
1. Tongues gives us a new dimension in prayer. It can revolutionize our prayer life.
a) It gives us a greater awareness of God's presence.

1 Cor 14:2,14.

Our spirit connects with God's spirit.

b) We pray more profoundly, even without realizing it. 1 Cor 14:2 "he utters mysteries in
spirit".
c) When we are no longer able to express ourselves as we encounter the overwhelming
glory and majesty of God, the Spirit itself helps us in our prayer. Rom 8:26.
d) We are able to intercede for what we need to live according to God's will, even when
we may not know what this is. Rom 8:27.
2. Tongues builds us up, edifies us. 1 Cor 14:4a.
3. Tongues has a transforming effect on one's spiritual life.
a) Tongues is often the gateway to the charismatic dimension. It gives us a spiritual
breakthrough. We enter into a new spiritual realm.
b) Many experience a deeper faith and a deeper working of God in one's life.
E. Some pastoral notes.
1. Tongues is important, but we need to see it in its proper place.
a) The baptism in the Holy Spirit, with its manifestation of tongues, is not needed for
salvation. Salvation comes through the cross of Christ.
b) Many Christians experience the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives without
experiencing the gift of tongues.
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Consider the apostles and disciples sent on mission by Jesus and performing signs
and wonders, all prior to Pentecost and their receiving the gift of tongues.

2. Tongues is important, but it should not be overemphasized.


a) It is only one aspect of our life of faith. It is not the focal point of our faith.
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There are more important things. 1 Cor 14:18-19.

b) Love is the most important. 1 Cor 13:1.


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Unlike tongues, love never fails. 1 Cor 13:8.

3. Given the above, still tongues is important and desirable, since it results in further
blessings and more power for the Christian life.

F. How do we receive the gift of tongues?


1. If we are to receive the gift of tongues, we should first of all desire it.
a) God will never force anything on us, even if He knows it is for our good.
b) Paul advises us: "Pursue love, but strive eagerly for the spiritual gifts" (1 Cor 14:1).
2. Desiring it, we should then ask for it in faith.
a) Mt 7:7-11. This is God's promise. If we ask, then God will give. It involves our act,
and God's response.
b) We should be like little children with childlike faith.
3. Then we yield to and cooperate with God's Spirit.
a) We open our mouth and speak out.
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We lay aside any known language, and just speak out.

It may be "la,la,la" or "ba,ba,ba" or "alleluia" or any other syllable or sound. God


will shape these sounds into a language of prayer and praise.

b) We focus on Christ and not on the words.


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"My Spirit is at prayer but my mind is unproductive" (1 Cor 14:14).

G. Obstacles to receiving the gift of tongues.


1. Fear.
a) Fear of looking foolish (1 Cor 14:23), of being taken over and losing control, of the
unknown.
b) Antidote: Trust in God. God will not do anything to us which will not be beneficial
for us.
2. Doubt.
a) Doubt regarding the desirability and usefulness of the gift.
b) Antidote: In faith, accept that any gift from God is good and desirable.
3. Feeling of unworthiness.

a) Being a sinner, or just being a baby in Christ, we may think that the gift is reserved
for those more worthy.
b) Antidote: Know that the gift is not based on one's worth or on good works. Rather, it
is a free gift of God for every Christian who desires and asks for it.
4. Pride.
a) Thinking that we do not need this gift, that we are already doing well in our Christian
life without it.
b) Antidote: Humble yourself, realizing how far you still are from the righteousness and
holiness of God, and how utterly dependent you are on His grace and His gifts.
5. Wrong expectations or attitudes.
a) An attitude of waiting on God for something to happen without doing our part. One
may even just sit there with mouth closed and arms crossed, saying that if God wants
to give the gift, then He will.
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Reality: God does not force us. We need to cooperate. Open your mouth and
speak out.

b) Expecting to have a very dramatic and emotional experience (e.g., trembling,


distorting of mouth, etc.).
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Reality: While you may have an emotional experience, it is not necessarily to be


expected. There may be no extraordinary experiences or emotions at all.

c) Trying to psych oneself up.


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Proper attitude: Just relax. This way the gift will flow more easily.

d) Unwillingness to experience the unknown, or something totally new, or something


illogical.
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Proper attitude: Know that while there are things we believe in because we
understand, in our life of faith there are things we have to believe in even before
we can understand.

H. Conclusion.
1. God loves us so much that He wants to pour upon us His bountiful grace and gifts.
2. One important gift is the gift of speaking in tongues. This gift is important for personal
edification, for building up our community in CFC, and for opening us up for greater

empowerment for our mission.


3. God wants to give you the gift of tongues. Desire it as well and accept His gift.

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TONGUES WORKSHOP
Procedure for the workshop proper:
1. Explain what is going to happen.
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We will sing a song and go into simultaneous praising.


We will sing another song and will start to praise in tongues.
We will continue to sing songs and praise in tongues after every song. During this
time, people may be laying hands on you and helping you to yield to tongues.
We will also sing worship songs that will lead us to singing in tongues.

2. Start the worship.


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The music ministry continues to play songs, followed by loud praise and tongues.
Shorter songs are preferable (don't repeat verses as we normally would) to give more
opportunity for praising. A joyful noise of guitars, tambourines and other instruments
should accompany the times of praising.

3. The team members move around the crowd to pray with and encourage those who are not
yet praying in tongues.
4. The leader may intersperse the singing with short but vibrant prayers of praise in order to
encourage the participants to enter more deeply into the throne room of God and give
Him praise.
5. When all have received the gift of tongues, or after some time even when not all have
spoken in tongues, the leader ends the worship time with a prayer of thanksgiving to God
and a prayer for continuing empowerment for the participants.
6. Close with an exhortation.
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They should use the gift of tongues regularly--in personal prayer, in household
meetings, in prayer assemblies and in other CFC activities whenever appropriate.

They should continue to trust God for this gift, and look forward to how it will open
up a new exciting dimension in their prayer life.

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TONGUES WORKSHOP
Procedure for the WORKSHOP FOR BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT:
1. Explain step-by-step the suggested procedure as described in our CLP Team Manual.
2. Group the participants into groups of 5 persons each, with men separate from women. Ask
the groups to assign one person as prayer leader, one as prayer partner, another as the person
being prayed over, and the last two as observers. They spend about 10 to 15 minutes in the
pray-over.
3. After the pray-over, the members of each group should have a discussion on the dynamics.
The observers comment on what they observed. Was there any portion in the procedure that
was missed?
4. The leader calls all the participants together for the wrap-up session. He entertains any
questions from the participants. He makes some comments of his own, if any. For example,
did they take too long to pray over?