Gods Gift To The Church by Johnny Hunt

GOD'S GIFT TO THE CHURCH

II Timothy 4:5; Eph. 4:ll-l2



INTRODUCTION: God supplies all the resources needed to build
His church. They are abundant, available, and according to the
need. God gives His gifts for the unifying and edifying of the
Body of Christ. God's gifts are not toys to play with, but
tools to build with. Gifts are not for enjoyment but
employment.


I. THE REASONS FOR HIS GIFTS. Eph. 4:ll-l2

A. Equip. l2a

"Perfecting" - surgical term meaning to set a
broken bone; to repair that which is broken and
restore it to its intended use. To mend that
which is broken; God has placed us in a mending
ministry. Gal. 6:l, "Brethren, if a man is overtaken
in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such
a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering
yourself lest you also be tempted." Carries the
idea of reaching, preaching, teaching, instructing,
and encouraging.

B. Effect. l2b

"Work" - action. Eph. 4:7, "But to each one of us
grace was given according to the measure of Christ's
gift." John Wesley said, "Give me l00 men who
fear nothing but God, and hate nothing but sin, and
who know nothing but Jesus Christ and Him crucified,
and I will shake the world."

C. Edify. l2c

Building up


II. THE RESPONSIBILITY OF HIS GIFTS. II Timothy 4:5

A. Watch. 5a

Be alert; an athletic term, keep your attention
on the goal; carry on ministry with seriousness
of purpose; well-balanced, self-controlled.



B. Willingness. 5b

We are soliders

Be willing to suffer hardships and troubles.
"Don't be softies". "I would rather walk a
lonely road with Jesus than be without His
fellowship in the crowd." You will run-up
against prejudice and opposition; your ministry
has demands upon you, it will call for self-
sacrifice.

C. Work. 5c


Be evangelistic in message and method; all
ministry must have soul-winning at its heart.



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