Gifts That Keep on Giving (4 of 5) by Ed Rowell

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Gifts That Keep on Giving (4 of 5)
A Gift Worth Giving
Ed Rowell
1 Corinthians 14:1-25
August 27, 2000

We'll start with a little quiz this morning. Guys first: Which of the following would make an ideal birthday or anniversary gift for your significant other?
- A high-end vacuum cleaner, with multiple attachments, headlights, and all-wheel drive
- A ten-inch DeWalt table saw
- Over and under Beretta shotgun
- Tickets for WrestleMania
- A gift certificate for "The Parisian"

Ladies, which of the following would your husband appreciate as the ideal gift?
- A day of exfoliation, facials, pedicures and back-waxing at a Day Spa
- A video collection of artsy movies set in England with incoherent dialogue and no action
- A whole new drawer full of socks and underwear
- Tickets to a show entitled "A Retrospective of 19th Century Quilts"
- A Case 580L Turbo backhoe

Are those good gifts or bad gifts? What determines a good gift from a bad gift? It all depends on the perspective of the person receiving the gift. There is some woman here that would appreciate cradling that sweet Beretta shotgun. And there is probably some guy here would love the quilt show. And the way these things work, those two are probably married to each other!

Hopefully we have all learned that an ideal gift is that which the receiver wants, not necessarily what we want them to have.

This morning we are going to talk about giving our spiritual gift to the church, what the Bible calls the Body of Christ. This morning's text deals specifically with some misuses of spiritual gifts in the ancient church in Corinth. For more detail, I encourage you to attend Jamie Atkin's class on spiritual gifts, and find out what your gifts are and how to implement them.

Right off the bat let me say that we're dealing with a hot potato here, and that in this congregation, we have a variety of opinions represented. We want to discover what are the principles involved here, and a ...

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