- this mild Fall weather
- a second recipe of Peach Squares
- small children
- videos of dogs running in leaves (especially when you need a laugh!)
- this new series Pastor Brian has started…
Yes, we’ve had lots and lots of teaching over the years on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, and these chapters in 1 Corinthians, but Brian has a wonderful way of making clear summaries of the scripture teaching! (Sure hope he doesn’t mind me quoting his copyrighted material! Maybe if I remind you of his website link to the right, “What Do You Expect?”…) It’s stuff we need to know–1 Cor. 12:1.
Chapter 12 is about the importance of Gifts in Christ’s Body, the next chapter about the importance of using them in love, and chapter 14 about the importance of correctly using the speaking gifts.
So, we start in by answering the question, “What do we need to know about the gifts of the Spirit?” The answer is in 3-4 points: 1) The Holy Spirit’s primary work is to exalt Jesus Christ (not Himself) and [thereby] bring glory to God (1 Cor. 12:3); 2) “The Holy Spirit empowers Christians to serve by dispensing different supernatural gifts to each believer.” We don’t all receive the same gifts, and we don’t automatically receive ALL the spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12:4-6).
The third point is kind of a sub-point to the second one, and the fourth is “sub” to the third… 3) “The Holy Spirit gives each believer [emphasis mine] at least one spiritual gift to be used for the good of others”, and 4) HE is the one who decides what to give you (though you may ask for certain ones)–1 Cor. 12:11.
Two excuses that Brian “shot down”, to do with the dispensing/using of the spiritual gifts:
- “I’m not spiritually mature enough”–you become mature as you begin to use your spiritual gift;
- “I’m not spiritual”–everyone is spiritual, you become more spiritual as you use the spiritual gift that God has given you.
I’ve certainly heard that second one before! But it’s right there–it doesn’t say “to some”, but “to each one” (1 Cor. 12:7-10)! (Of course, the context is Christians… we are talking about spiritual gifts here, vs “giftedness” in the way of talents, as you can see in those verses just mentioned.)