Small steps in faith

Sunday, December 09, 2007

"Grace gifts"

These are my notes for a sermon series Rob is doing on Spiritual Gifts.

Now about spiritual gifts, brothers. I do not want you to be ignorant.
1 Corinthians 12

Human gift giving

1 Gifts are obtained at a cost...monetary as well as emotional. The suicide rate around Christmas actually goes down but the depression/counseling needs go up significantly.

2 Gifts are usually given according to what others want

3 Gifts are given according to the receiver's goodness...

4 Gifts are given at specific times of the year

Grace gifts are something that each one of us is given. We are not in heaven....there is work that is needed to be done for the order to do that work ...we need gifts from God to accomplish that work.

If you are not using your's a "blindspot sin"

Grace Gifts

1 They are given AFTER Jesus rescues you

2 They are given to EVERY follower of Christ

3 They are determined by Christ alone

4 They are kinda permanent...til you get to heaven

5 They have to be developed...If you don't use your become a "flabby Christian" becomes weak

6 They are not for your own benefit 1 Corinthinans 4:12,1 Peter 4:11

7 They are not a definite sign of maturity

8 They are not to replace clear biblical commands or fruit of the spirit....Just because you feel "you don't have the gift of mercy" does not mean you don't show kindness. If you stay in a box with your "gifts" you aren't going to develop..

9 They can be mimicked to hide an unbelieving heart..

10 They give us something to do while we wait for the return of Christ 1 Corinthians 1:7 , 1 Corinthians 13:10

Important questions to ask in order to discover your spirtual gifts

1 Are you a follower of Jesus...not just a talked or someone who professes to your actions back up your words

2 Are you asking Jesus to reveal his gifts that are in you?

3 Are you in continual community with followers of Jesus?

4 What is it that you specifically do athat contributes to a focus on God's glory in that community?


  • At 8:23 AM, Blogger Mike said…

    I usually think that some people spend too much time debating and arguing about spiritual gifts. I do not deny their existence or importance, but I do get frustrated when arguing or "proving" takes a front seat to actually doing Kingdom work. I think the questions at the end need to be asked of all of us, and often.
    Without actually hearing the message, I get a sense that it was challenging and possibly inspiring. Good notes.


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