TOPIC: Speaking with New Tongues
OPENING PRAYER: Father, grant me grace to be filled with signs and wonders. (Scroll down for RCCG Sunday School 10 March 2019 HYMN)
MEMORY VERSE: “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;” – Mark 16:17 (scroll down for RCCG Sunday School 10 March 2019 HYMN)
BIBLE PASSAGE: Acts 19:1-6 KJV (RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 10 March 2019)
1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.
4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
Our Lord Jesus Christ declared that the ability to speak with a new tongue shall be one of the signs that follow everyone who believes in Him (Mark 16:17). While every believer receives the Holy Spirit at the point of their conversion (Acts 2:38), believers are expected to continue to thirst and hunger for the infilling of the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49). In this lesson we shall attempt to answer some of the mind boggling questions about speaking in an unknown tongue and its benefits.
TEXT REVIEW: ACTS 19:1-6.
The procedures for receiving the Holy Spirit baptism was clearly stated in Acts 19:1-6. These are stated below:
i. Hearing the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and believing it (the twelve people in Acts 19:1 were disciples, which means, they had heard and believed the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ).
ii. The next procedure is water baptism. They were baptised (Acts 19:3-5). Note the word, “baptism of repentance” in Acts 19:4. Those who genuinely want the baptism of the Holy Spirit must have genuinely repented their sins.
iii. Then comes the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit has occurred through the following:
a. Waiting on the Lord in unity for his promise (Acts 2:1). The Holy Spirit came like a rushing wind (Acts 2:2). They spoke in tongues. Acts 2:4.
b. Waiting to hear the Word of God from the mouth of Peter. The Holy Spirit came while Peter was yet speaking. Acts 10:33,44
c. Paul laid hands on people who were disciples (who heard the gospel) and they received the Holy Spirit and spoke with tongues. Acts 19:6.
iv. In the three instances stated under item 3, “speaking in tongues” was a constant evidence of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
v. No ritual or trick was required. No money was paid or offered. It is a free gift. Acts 8:20
2 LESSON OUTLINES
LESSON OUTLINE 1: NEW TONGUES AND THEIR DISTINCTIONS 10 MARCH 2019
A. Meaning of “New Tongues”
i. It is the ability to speak in an unknown language different from the mother tongue of the speaker.
ii. The Holy Spirit gives the speaker the utterance and therefore it is not a learned or copied or bought language. Acts 2:4b
iii. It is the outward mark of the overflow of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers. Acts 2:4a
iv. Every believer is expected to speak in “new tongue”. Acts 19:6
v. Speaking in tongue is speaking mysteries of God. 1 Cor. 14:2
II. Distinction between New tongue and “Diverse Kinds of Tongues”
i. There is another gift called the diverse kinds of tongues and interpretation of tongues. 1 Cor. 12:10
ii. This gift may not be received by all believers. 1 Cor. 14:18
iii. Some believers can receive both gifts of speaking in new tongues and diverse kinds of tongues.
iv. God speaks to the church through diverse kinds of tongues with an interpreter (Another gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 12:10). So that the church can be edified. 1 Cor. 12:11; 14:5
v. Speaking in new tongue is for self-edification while speaking in diverse kinds of tongues with interpreter is for edification of the church. Acts 14:5
vi. In the days of the Apostles, different countries languages which were not the original languages of the believers were spoken by the believers in confirmation of the gift of diverse kinds of tongues. Acts 2:7-12.
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Why do you think some people mock those who spoke in tongues according to Acts 2:13?
LESSON OUTLINE 2: BENEFITS OF SPEAKING IN AN UNKNOWN TONGUE 10 MARCH 2019
i. It improves the believer’s prayer life: Supernatural ability to communicate with God effectively and intercede for others. Rom. 8:26; 1 Cor. 14:2
ii. Self-edification: it stirs up believers faith. 1 Cor. 14:4; Jude 20
iii. It is a means of yielding our tongue to God. No man can tame the tongue but God. By the Holy Spirit, the whole body can change including the tongue. James 3:8.
iv. It is a weapon of spiritual warfare. 1 Cor. 14:2
v. It refreshes our spirit and soul. Isaiah 28:11-12
vi. It assists believers to sing, praise and give thanks to God. 1 Cor. 14:15
vii. It helps believers to access divine revelations and mysteries. 1 Cor. 2:9-11
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: How can speaking in tongue help believers to witness for Christ according to Acts 1:8
SUMMARY: Speaking in tongues and diverse tongues edifies the speaker and the church.
CONCLUSION: Speaking in an unknown tongue is a fulfillment of the promise of God. It is for all believers who would not just desire it but fully tap into the benefits irrespective of their church denominations, tribes or nations.
EVALUATION: Differentiate between speaking in tongue and speaking in diverse kinds of tongues.
CLOSING PRAYER: Father, baptize me afresh with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
ASSIGNMENT: Set apart time to pray violently this week until you receive afresh the baptism of the Holy Spirit.]]>