Pastor / Teacher James H. Rickard Thursday, May 15, 2008. Grace Fellowship Church www.GraceDoctrine.org. Memory Verse 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”.
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Pastor / Teacher
James H. Rickard
May 15, 2008
1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
g. The Abuse of Spiritual Gifts. Reversionism and apostasy seek to perpetuate temporary spiritual gifts beyond the closing of the canon in 96 AD.
The Corinthians were taking the spiritual gift of tongues and magnifying it out of proportion and calling it spirituality, that is why Paul wrote 1 Cor 12-14.
Heb 1:1-2; 2:1-4 tell us the canon is complete as the final Word of God for the Church Age. Therefore, once written, the need for the early communication gifts was no longer necessary. Cf. John 17:4, 8; 15:15b
James 1:25, “But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.”
a. Spiritual Gift: A supernatural endowment of the Holy Spirit whereby every Christian is empowered to perform a certain function, which edifies the Church and glorifies God.Rom 12:3-8; 1 Cor 12:4ff
b. Specific Service: That unique service / ministry for which each Christian has been gifted and to which he or she is called. Rom 12:6-8; Col 4:17; 2 Tim 4:5.
c. General Service: The commands regarding the obligations to serve for which all Christians are responsible, regardless of gift or calling.Rom 12:9-15; Gal 6:2-10
d. Romans chapter 8 gives great encouragement to the servant of God to be bold in his discipleship, exercising his spiritual gift, not being held under slavery to sin, but living in the freedom of the Royal Family of God.
Grace Fellowship ChurchThursday, May 15, 2008
Tape # 08-035
Servanthood, Part 21
The DOULOS Must Exercise his Spiritual Gifts, Part 11Upper Room Discourse, Pt 177
John 13:16; 1 Cor 13:8-10; James 1:25; Heb 1:1-2; 2:1-4
James H. Rickard Bible Ministries 2008