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God's Gifts of Grace (4 of 6)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
1 Corinthians 12.4-10
We're learning these days about God's Gifts of Grace! So join me for a few minutes this morning in the book of 1st Corinthians. And once there .. turn to chapter 12.
I read this week about a young boy who was trying out for a part in the school play. His mother knew that he had a slim chance in getting a part. Well .. the day he was to find out if he got a part or not .. she picked up him from school. As soon as he spotted her in the car .. he began running with his eyes shinning with excitement. He opened the door and said, "Mother .. I've been chosen to clap and cheer!"
And I want to tell you this morning that when Jesus Christ comes into your life ... you are given a part to fulfill in building up His church! And that part is called a "gift of grace."
We read in 1 Corinthians 12.4, "Now there are diversities of gifts .." And the word "diversities" means that God gives different gifts to different people! Every child of God has been given a part! And then word translated "gifts" literally means "grace gifts."
That tells me that we don't deserve them .. we don't work for them and we don't merit them. But God gives us these special gifts by His grace!
So .. what is a grace gift? What is a spiritual gift? When do we get them? Well .. a grace gift is a special ability God gives us when we're saved for the purpose of building up the church! He doesn't give them to us to promote ourselves but to prosper the church! They are God's Gifts of Grace given to His church.
Do you know what that means for you? It means that you are important to this church! It means that First Baptist Church cannot fulfill the plan God has for us without your contribution! Even if your part is to clap and cheer! And if that is your gift .. my how we need you to exercise your gift!
Now beginning in verse 8 .. we see just how diverse these gifts are.
Verse 8 ...
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