Spiritual Gifts How Christ Builds His Church
Where Do They Come From? • 1 Corinthians 12:11 • All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.
Differences In Spiritual Gifts • Think of a Tree From The Holy Spirit
Differences In Spiritual Gifts • A wide variety of gifts Wide Variety From The Holy Spirit
Differences In Spiritual Gifts • A wide variety of gifts • Difference in administration Difference in Administration Wide Variety From The Holy Spirit
Differences In Spiritual Gifts • A wide variety of gifts • Difference in administration • Difference of operation and outcome Difference of Operation and Outcome Difference in Administration Wide Variety From The Holy Spirit
Yet There Is Unity • The gifts are for the common good of the entire body of Christ. • My gifts are for you and your gifts are for me. • Don’t envy the gifts of others. • Use your gift for the good of others. • We need each other.
Bob Deffinbaugh • For the proper functioning of spiritual gifts, we must cease thinking individualistically and begin to think corporately. We cannot look at ourselves as an island, independent of all others. We must see ourselves as a member of the body of Christ, with certain gifts or special enablements which equip us to carry out functions necessary to the equipping and ministry of the body.
Where Do I Find A List Of The Gifts? • Romans 12 • I Corinthians 12 • Ephesians 4 • I Peter 4
Definitions • EXHORTATION: Rom. 12:8 - to come along side of someone with words of encouragement, comfort, consolation, and counsel to help them be all God wants them to be • ADMINISTRATION: 1 Cor. 12:28 - to steer the body toward the accomplishment of God-given goals and directives by planning, organizing, and supervising others
Definitions • DISCERNMENT: 1 Cor. 12:10 - to clearly distinguish truth from error by judging whether the behavior or teaching is from God, Satan, human error, or human power • EVANGELISM: Eph. 4:11 - to be a messenger of the good news of the Gospel • FAITH: 1 Cor. 12:8-10 - to be firmly persuaded of God's power and promises to accomplish His will and purpose and to display such a confidence in Him and His Word that circumstances and obstacles do not shake that conviction
Definitions • GIVING: Rom. 12:8 - to share what material resources you have with liberality and cheerfulness without thought of return • SERVING/MINISTERING: 1 Cor. 12:28, Rom 12:7 - to render support or assistance to others in the body so as to free them up for ministry, to identify undone tasks in God's work, however menial, and use available resources to get the job done • HOSPITALITY: 1 Pet. 4:9,10 - to warmly welcome people, even strangers, into one's home or church as a means of serving those in need of food or lodging (Vital Part of Serving/Ministering)
Definitions • KNOWLEDGE: 1 Cor. 12:8 - to seek to learn as much about the Bible as possible through the gathering of much information and the analyzing of that data • LEADERSHIP: Rom. 12:8 - to stand before the people in such a way as to attend to the direction of the body with such care and diligence so as to motivate others to get involved in the accomplishment of these goals
Definitions • MERCY: Rom. 12:8 - to be sensitive toward those who are suffering, whether physically, mentally, or emotionally, so as to feel genuine sympathy with their misery, speaking words of compassion but more-so caring for them with deeds of love to help alleviate their distress • PASTORING: Eph. 4:11 - to be responsible for spiritually caring for, protecting, guiding, and feeding a group of believers entrusted to one's care
Definitions • PROPHECY: Rom. 12:6; 1 Cor. 12:10; Eph. 4:11 - to speak forth the message of God to His people (Greek Word: “prophetes” - the forth-telling of the will of God • TEACHING: Rom. 12:7; 1 Cor. 12:28; Eph. 4:11 - to instruct others in the Bible in a logical, systematic way so as to communicate pertinent information for true understanding and growth
Definitions • WISDOM: 1 Cor. 12:8 - to apply knowledge to life in such a way as to make spiritual truths quite relevant and practical in proper decision-making and daily life situations • Also: Tongues, Healing, Celibacy, Apostle, Martyrdom, Missionary, Miracles, Voluntary Poverty
What Is The Purpose? • Diverse function for the common good • The church requires a wide variety of gift to run properly. • When each team member functions to his/her fullest extent there is success • The Holy Spirit determines how the gifts are distributed. • Your gift is God’s will, so know it and use it
How Does It All Work? • Like your body! • Verses 12-30
Ephesians 4:11-13 • It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Workshop • Group with those who have the same gift. (that is, the TOP score on your survey) • Record who is in the group • Discuss how they are using this gift • Suggest ways in which the church could use this gift • Group with those who have the same gift. (that is, the SECOND top score) and repeat • Group with those who share your lowest score and seek help in ways to learn (perhaps seek a mentor from someone using this gift)