Gift of the Spirit
Text: 1Cor. 12;
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. 1Cor. 12:1-3;
After ward talk about this
What gift do you have and how have you been using it to serve the Church, what will you do to develop it so that you will not be call wickerd by Christ at his coming.
Things to do before the next time.
Gather some group together in your church with the permission of your pastor teach the gift in dept possibly pray for impertation.
Meditate on this verses 1Cor. 12: 27-31, 14:1
27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. 28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? 30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? 31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
Write a summary of how you think the gift can be visible in the life of an individual, narrate which of the gift you think you have and which way do you think you can used it for the benefit of mankind.
Today the gifts are more relevant in the life of a believer, though in some cases it has been abused as in the Corinthians Church but the gifts still remain the tools for drawing convert to God because the fruit is not a symbol or sign for a believer but for unbeliever because the service of the fruit is to narate us before the world telling them that Jesus that die is Alive in us and is present to do exactly what he did among us before his death which is a prove of our ambassadorship to Christ before the world, telling the world that we are not philosopher or storytellers or agroup of religious freak but rather witness of the true God which evidence can be proved in any reasonable court of law worldwide because our testimony is not the witness of one man but of five hundred convert who ate and drank with him after he has risen, with about Five thousand men and women who saw him taking up who many live to the time Paul was addressing the Church in that generation of the church history there is always those who heared them, who hear them that see him rosed not to ignored an ancient text which can never be under emphasised by any religion or people. The Holy Spirit continously bearing us witness through his gift scattered among believers in churches. This gift differ in their function as in 1Cor. 12:1-11; “1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. 2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. 3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. 4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. First we understand that the gift was given to edify Christ so when this gift in the life of an individual fail to edify Christ the source of the gift is quuestionable not before the saint because they new covert,just as orange cannot bear grape but rather before the unstable Christian who are neither for God or devil in any case they belong to the devil. Secondly the Gift is to make us more christlike not to bring shame on the name of God, for example when we are caught in a hotel as christian sleeping with the harlot we are supposed to be leading to Christ. Such a one if he or she is a christian can be said to be taking the name of the Lord in Vain as the promised goes the Lord will not hold him guitless that takes his name in vain so if we name the name of the Lord let seperate ourselves from iniquity or sins. Thirdly, we must understand who we where or were God saved us from so not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought but to think but to think soberly knowing from whom we have receive all things because a man who remember where God took him from will excel in gift because he will forever lives a life of thanksgiving, this is a vital lesson for ever one that manifest the fruit so that you don’t end up like the devil because in every gift of God there is a tendancy of becoming either Godlike or devil in our God giving talent or gift. Fourthly, we must understand the administrative gift and operative gift with their function so that we do not bring about disunity in the body of Christ because the gift was given to bind the church together rather than scattered it, so when see instead of our gift building the Church it is rather tearing it down we should ask of who we receive it because the Holy spirit will not glorify himself but rather Christ, neither does it invent but rather it take of Christ and expand it to us but when we find out that a brother is inventing or even contradicting the word of Christ I wonder which gift is at work surely not of God because wisdom from above is first pure then is peaceably or peacemaking. Fiftly, this gift is for every man to profit from not for a group of people or association of people so christian who posses the gift should use it for the purpose why the Lord gives it but christian should use their gift to build Church and restored unity for missionary purposes in act of the apostles not like the Corinthian who allow the gift to be a sign of division amonng them.
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Pray for the churches that the gift of God will be a tool of bringing many son into the kingdom rather causing division.