May 12, 2020
“In Jesus teaching we find an especially strong emphasis on the work of the Holy Spirit in initiating persons into the Christian life. Jesus taught that the Spirit’s activity is essential in both conversion which from a human perspective is the beginning of the Christian life, and regeneration, which from God’s perspective is its beginning.” 1
As we have studied together in the book of Ephesians, we have discovered that Christ gives gifts to his church for the “edification of the body” to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.
16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. (Eph.4:16 NLT)
So, the question may be asked… What is my gift?
The bible clearly states that:
a. The gifts are given to the church for the edification of the whole body, not merely for the enjoyment or enrichment of the individual members possessing them. (1 Cor 12:7; 15:5,12; Eph 4:7-10)
b. No one person has all the gifts (1 Cor 12:14-21), nor is anyone of the gifts bestowed on all persons (1 Cor 12:28-30). Therefore, the individual members of the church need each other.
c. The Holy Spirit, Christ, and God grant your gift or gifts to the required measure (1 Cor 12:11, Eph 4:7, Heb 2:4)
d. Although not equally prominent, all gifts are important. (1 Cor 12:22-26; Eph 4:11-16)
1. Please read the following passages, which combined, give us a list of 22 gifts. List those gifts. (Some gifts appear multiply times)
1 Cor 12:28
1 Cor 12:8-10
1 Cor 7:7 1 Peter 4:11
2. Please define what each gift entails.
3. Spend time praying and asking the Lord to reveal to your heart, through these Scriptures, what your potential gift may be.
4. How will you use your gifts to serve one another in the body of Christ, for the glory of God?
“Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of the varied grace of God. 11 Whoever speaks, let it be with God’s words. Whoever serves, do so with the strength that God supplies, so that in everything God will be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:10-11 NET)
1 Millard J. Erickson, Christian Theology, Second Edition (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 2007), 888.