Sunday, October 19, 2014

Spiritual Gifts

I Peter 4:10-11
God is responsible for the spread and ministry of the Gospel.  He calls, equips and empowers the church for its ministry.  Spiritual gifts are powerful tools of God's design for the accomplishment of His will.  The reality of these gifts is evident in the working of every church.
Two characteristics of every relationship are role and responsibility.
It is easier to work separate and apart from other parts because we do not have to organize.  
I. Three interrelated concepts form the basis for our understanding and application of spiritual gifts.
A. The Priesthood of All Believers - 1 Peter 2:9
The concept of “priesthood” is all about doing something as well as believing something.
B. The Individual Giftedness of Each Believer
I Corinthians 12:4-7
, Ephesians 2:10
When it comes to being a blessing, God makes sure no one is left out by gifting each one.
C. The Church as the Body of ChristRomans 12:4-5
I Corinthians 12:11-12
We all fit somewhere, but we don’t all fit everywhere.
The ministries in our churches are enhanced, changed, and expanded when we discover each church member’s gift.
II. What Is a Spiritual Gift?
Spiritual gifts are powerful tools of God's design imparted through His Spirit into the lives of His people for the accomplishment of His task.
III. Important Points about Spiritual Gifts
A. Spiritual gifts are not the same as the “Fruit of the Spirit.”
B. All Christians have been given at least one spiritual gift.
C. We don’t choose which gifts we receive.
D. Spiritual gifts are not natural talents.
E. Spiritual gifts are not to be confused with Christian roles.

F. Spiritual gifts bring power and purpose to Christians and churches.

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