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PostSubject: SPIRITUAL GIFTS   Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:32 am

Spiritual Gifts





Definition- Abilities given to believers by the Holy Spirit (1 cor 12:7)

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Lets read 1 Cor 12:4-7 , and discuss some Spiritual Gift Facts:

1) Verse 4 clearly states:
A) There are many different gifts
B) But they are all from the same spirit
( The same spirit is the source of all of it!)

2) Verse 5 clearly states:
A) there are different kinds of service (meaning different kinds of labor within the
church body)
B) Everyone in the body serves the same God with those gifts

3) Verse 6 clearly states:
A) God works in different ways
B) Its the same God that works in us all!

4) Verse 7-10 clearly states:
A) A ( not plural) spiritual gift is given to both of us
(Meaning they are still given today-spoken in future tense like its still happening)
B) The gift is to be used to help each other (meaning Christian body as a whole)
( This clearly implies that no Christian is without a gifting!)

*Verse 8-10 lists some gifts:

The ability to give wise advise, A message of special knowledge, Great faith, Gift of healing,
The power to perform miracles, The ability to prophecy,
The ability to discern whether a message is from God or from another spirit,
The ability to speak in a unknown language, Ability to interpret a unknown language,

5) Verse 11 clearly states :
A) It is the ONE AND ONLY spirit who distributes the gifts
B) He alone decides which gift each person should have

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Lets read Romans 12:6-8:

Facts-

1. Verse 6 says:
A) God has given us different gifts
B) These gifts allow us to do certain "things well"

2. Some of these gifts include:
Prophecy, Serving Others, Teaching, Encouraging Others, Giving, Leadership, Showing Kindness
(We are to do all these as well as God enables us to)
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Let us read 1 peter 4:10-12:

Facts:

1. Verse 10 states:
A) God has a great variety of gifts
B) God has given each of us a gift
C) We are to use them well serving one another

2) Verse 11-12 Tells us what some of these gifts are:
Speaking, Helping Others
A) We are to speak as though we are using Gods very own words (If that is our gifting)
B) We are to serve with strength 9If that is our gifting)
The reason:
So we can bring glory to God through Jesus Christ!
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FACT: GIFTS ARENT TO USE AS WE PLEASE< THEY ARE TO BRING PRAISE UNTO GOD!!!
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Let us read Eph. 4:11,12:

1) God gave gifts to the church.
They are:
Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers

2) They have the specific purpose of preparing God's people for the works of service.

FACT: These particular gifts are for the use of church service (Offices in the church)
They have the responsibility of equipping God's people for the works of the gospel
using their individual gifting.

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Read Eph 4: 13:

These gifts will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of
God's son that we will mature in the Lord, measuring up to FULL and COMPLETE
standards of Christ?

This verse clearly lets us know that these gifts are all still needed in the church today
as they were yesterday, the Bible even tells us how to use them. All these gifts and
roles were to be used to edify the body and they are still needed and being used today!

It is a dangerous thing to say that the spirit doesnt work today like it did in the Bible ,
no where in the Bible does it say there is no need any more in the church for any of
these gifts or functions!

Ephesians 4:13 clearly states they will continue until Christ's return!
Have you acknowledged your gift and put it to work lately???


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