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MOTIVE OF OUR SERVICE (4 of 6)
1 Peter 4:11
July 14, 2002
INTRODUCTION: Christian love must result in service.
Remember, you can give without loving, but you can't
love without giving (serving). Each Christian has at
least one spiritual gift that he must use to the glory
of God and the building up of the body of Christ
(church). God has entrusted these gift to us that we
might use them for the good of His church. He even
gives us the spiritual ability to develop our gifts
and to be faithful servants of the church.
How exciting that is! As we allow the Holy Spirit to
dwell within us, and as we allow Him to minister
through us and the spiritual gifts which God has given
to us, we are fulfilled and God is glorified.
When we are living in the flow of the Spirit, and when
we are using our spiritual gifts in the power of the
Spirit, God is glorified through Jesus Christ our
This is not a ministry which we carry on for God.
Instead, it is a ministry which we must allow God to
carry on through us.
Remember, we are stewards (house-managers)
1. His life did not belong to himself
2. He belonged to his master
3. His purpose in life was to please his master
4. He owned nothing
5. He dispensed the good of his master
God is the source, the sustainer, and the rightful end
of everything that exists.
I. THE VARIETY OF SERVICES. 10-11
1 Corinthians 12:4, "There are diversities of gifts,
but the same Spirit."
"diversities" - allotments or various kind; speaks of
richness, many colored, great variety along with an
undertone of the harmonious beauty which is exhibited
in the union of the different gifts. Speaks of the
vast designs of God for the gifts. Many faceted;
having many different aspects or differing kinds; a
great variety of ministries and ways of using gifts.
1. There is variety in TRIALS
James 1:2, "My brethren, count it all joy when you
fall into various ...
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