Serving Gifts (15 of 15) by Jerry Vines

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Serving Gifts (15 of 15)
Series: Deeper Life Conference
Jerry Vines
I Peter 4:10-11; I Corinthians 12:9-10, 28
8/11/04

We will wrap up our study on the subject of spiritual gifts. It all dove tails in I Peter 4, verses 10 and 11. We're talking this evening, in particular, about the serving gifts. We have talked about the sign gifts and we have talked about the speaking gifts, and now we're going to talk about the serving gifts.

Maybe up to this point there have been some of you who have said, "I don't see where I fit in. I don't see anything here that especially relates to my life or how I can serve the Lord." I believe before I have concluded tonight that you will find an area where the Lord has gifted you and where you can serve Jesus and be a blessing to God's people and be used to win people to the Savior.

In I Peter 4, verses 10 and 11, it says, "As every man hath received the gift." The Greek word is charismata. "Even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." He's saying in this verse that whatever gift you have, the purpose of that gift is that you serve other people, that you be a blessing, that you minister to other people.

In verse 11 he says, "If any man speak (that is, if you have any of those speaking gifts), let him speak as the oracles of God." He's talking about the very words of God. Let God speak through you in the words you use. Then he says, "If any man minister." The word minister means serve. "If any man minister, if any man serve." It's where we get our word deacon. A deacon is a servant, but all of us are to be servants. "If any man serve," that is, if you have one of these serving gifts, "let him do it as of the ability which God giveth." Serve the Lord through one of these serving gifts, not in your own power, not in your own ability, but do it in the ability which God gives. "That God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and domin ...


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