(1 Corinthians 12:10d RSV) Here we come to a matter of great controversy in the church today. I am not going to say a lot about it this morning because we are going to cover it very thoroughly when we come to Chapter 14, where Paul compares this with the value of the gift of prophesying. 1 corinthians 1:11-13. IT HAS BEEN REPORTED TO ME 11 For it has been reported to me concerning you, my brothers, by those who are from Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you. 1 Corinthians is a long letter -- sixteen chapters -- but Paul's most important epistle for shaping the Christian church. This study explores First Corinthians in 15 lessons. Helpful thought and discussion questions make it useful for personal enrichment and by small groups and classes.

Most scholars agree that the chapter break is unfortunate—”Moreover, I show a most excellent way to you” should really be the start of chapter 13 rather than the end of chapter 12. 1 CORINTHIANS 13:1-3. IF I SPEAK IN THE TONGUES OF MEN AND OF ANGELS 1 Corinthians 13. 1 If I speak in the tongues [ a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 1 Corinthians 13 :: New King James Version (NKJV) 1Co 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.