Genesis Chapter 1: God – The “Who” of Creation – The Revelation of God through His Spirit Part 5

Reasons God gives spiritual gifts to the church

Ephesians 4:13-16

1) Unity

To bring us to unity

Gifted men and teachers are put in church to teach us the word and the will of God

 

2) Intimacy

So we will come to know Him better

We must give ourselves to Jesus through studying His word and through prayer

Our suffering (testing) also helps us along the way

 

3) Maturity

Because He wants us to grow up

We need to be able to look back on our lives and see growth

As we mature we continually grow more and more like Christ, which should be our goal

 

4) Stability

So we will have the stability we need

Maturity brings stability

Trickery – Cubia

From the word cube

 

 

used to describe dice

Refers to the gamblers of then and now

How they would use loaded dice

If we don’t mature we will be tricked by the enemy

 

5) Authenticity

For our authenticity

We must learn to speak the truth in love
Truth without love is dangerous
because there is no compassion
Love without truth is dangerous

because there is no core or foundation

 

Jesus is the authenticity of the body

Through spiritual gifts we obtain interdependability in the body

All believers are called to:

 

Live wisely               

Romans 16:19

Ephesians 5:15
Colossians 14:5

 

live by faith

To walk by faith            

2Corinthians 5:7


To abound in faith          

2Corinthians 8:7


To take up the shield of faith

Ephesians 6:16


To pursue faith              

1Timothy 6:12
2Timothy 2:22

 

Teach others the truth of God

Matthew 28:20
2Timothy 2:12, 24
Acts 8:30-35


‘The Spirit of God does not take away the need for a teacher but the Spirit makes learning God’s Word

more effective when it is diligently sought by the individual believer (2 Timothy 2:15)

 

Serve one another in love

Galatians 5:13

To minister to others

 

Exhort one another daily

 

Give cheerfully

 

Be merciful

 

1) Covet the best gifts

2) Follow love and charity – Desire spiritual gifts
1Corithians 14:1

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About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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