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       Part One
   Our Spiritual Gifts
Our Gifts
 Pneumatikon – gifts of power, therefore NOT
  natural gifts
 Natural gifts can be used but are not ‘grace
  gifts’
 We ALL have access to the gifts of the Spirit
 Most of us have some area of strength where
  we flow most often
Why do we need to discover our gifts?
 A. Because we have been given them to use and are
  accountable to God for thegifts He has given to us!
  Matthew 25:14 – 30
 We know that this text is about stewardship. From this, we can
  see that we are to use what God has given to us, and expect to
  add to what God has given to us!
 B. If we do not use our gifts, the church body will
  suffer a great loss!
 C. Paul told Timothy to 'stir up he gift' and not to
  'neglect the gifts' that he had!!
Neglect Not The Gift!
 ---------- 1 Timothy 4:14 ----------
 14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee,
  which was given thee by prophecy, with
  the laying on of the hands of the
  presbytery.
 ------------ 2 Timothy 1:6 ----------
 6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance
  that thou stir up the gift of God, which is
  in thee by the putting on of my hands.
Focus On The Giver, not the Gift
 a - The Holy Spirit is primarily interested in producing
  the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.
 ----------- Galatians 5:22 -----------
 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
  longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23
  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no
  law. 24 And they that are Christ's have crucified
  the flesh with the affections and lusts.
  {affections: or, passions} 25 If we live in the
  Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
 The Gifts of the Spirit should flow from the Fruit, in
  particular out of Love and Kindness, so they don't
  become harsh.
Focus On The Giver, not the Gift (2)
 b - A common error made by the immature Christian
  is that gifts are a measure or gauge of spirituality.
  They are not EVER a measure of spirituality. Even
  carnal Christians can at times flow in the gifts.
 --------- Romans 11:29 -------------
 29 For the gifts and calling of God [are] without
  repentance.
 c - It is easy to become overly familiar with the gifts.
  This can result in using them as traditions and
  formulas, allowing a legalistic spirit to form. God
  wants the gifts to flow in freshness and freedom!
What is the purpose of the gifts of the
Spirit?
 ----------- Ephesians 4:8 -----------
 8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on
  high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto
  men.....12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the
  work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body
  of Christ:
 A) The 'perfecting of the saints'. This is a growing,
  maturing, preparing process that needs the gifts to
  bring about the accomplishment of Christ's purposes.
  To bring about the perfecting of a complex and needy
  people means healing, teaching and exhorting!
 B) 'For the work of the ministry'. The ministry that God
    wants us to accomplish cannot be done out of our
    natural abilities. In fact, most churches in North America
    have almost NO TRUE HOLY SPIRIT SUCCESS in
    ministry. Anything they do accomplish is because God
    will honor His Word when it is preached, even if done in
    the wrong way! The following two texts show how this
    can be true!
   ----------- Isaiah 55:11 ------------
   11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my
    mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall
    accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper
    [in the thing]whereto I sent it.
   ----------- Php 1:18 ---------------
   But what does it matter? The important thing is that
    in every way, whether from false motives or true,
    Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.
    Yes, and I will continue to rejoice
Building Up and Unity
 C) 'For the edifying of the body' of Christ.
 This is a building up process that is used to stabilize
    and strengthen the Body of Christ.
   D) 'For the unity of the body'
   -------- 1 Corinthians 12:7 --------
   7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to
    every man to profit withal.
   To 'profit withal' is the Greek word
    'sumphero'.sumphero {soom-fer'-o}
   AV - be expedient 7, profit 4, be profitable 3, bring
    together 1,
   be better 1, be good 1; 17
I have a Gift!
 God gave gifts to men through the Holy Spirit so that
    the church would:
   a - grow and arrive at her perfection in Christ
   b - be protected from being easily swept about by
    false doctrine
   c - grow in the image of Christ
   d - be motivated and enthusiastic in our walk with
    Christ
   The Gifts are never for self glory or human
    acknowledgment in any way! They are entirely for the
    Body of Christ and for His glory
Conclusion
 All of us can flow in all the gifts of the spirit as
  needed…
      But…-------- 1 Corinthians 12:11 ---------
      11 But all these worketh that one and the
       selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man
       severally as he will.
      Then How Do I Discover My Gifts?
      The secret? Its part of your ‘SHAPE’
      STAY TUNED!

				
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