Proper Practices of Speaking in Tongues

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“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”Acts 2:4. The supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit are truly marvelous and sometimes a bit intimidating especially the gift of tongues. Tongues is the most unexplainable of the gifts and honestly the strangest when you begin to speak in tongues it is a sign of submission and humility to God. You are a baby in Christ and you are learning to speak in His Spiritual language by stepping out in faith. Finding an exact explanation for what speaking in tongues is described as is difficult but not impossible. Also coming to an understanding of why God used speaking in tongues in ministry and how to properly discern times and places for speaking in tongues. By coming to a clearer conclusion on the Biblical perspective of tongues a deeper understanding and appreciation can be formed. Speaking in tongues is one of the nine supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit as defined in I Corinthians 12:4-10 which is sometimes believed to be initial evidence of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. This practice is also known as glossolalia which is defined by two Greek words combined glossa meaning language or tongue and lalia meaning speech, hence it means speaking in unknown languages (Strauss, 2011). Tom Brown from Word of Life Church of El Paso explains, Speaking in tongues is the most talked about phenomena in Christianity. Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movement has brought speaking in tongues to the forefront and these branches of Christianity are without doubt the fastest growing segments of Christianity. In the Bible there are two recorded types of tongues one being a personal prayer language between you and God and another being the ability to speak in other earthly languages. The three specific references to the “filling” of the Holy Spirit in Acts, two

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