Service Enablement & Empowerment For Employment To His Glory Or Serving To God's Glory
1 Peter 4:10-11
December 5, 2010
INTRODUCTION: "I will serve You through football, but You will have to do the work."
Bobby Bowden, FSU Legendary Coach
"God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission."
1 Corinthians 12:7, "But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all"
1 Corinthians 12:11, "But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills"
I. EVERY CHRISTIAN HAS RECEIVED A
SPIRITUAL GIFT. 10
"As each one has received a gift"
? A spiritual gift is divine enablement for
ministry/service to the church, Christ's body
? Each believer's spiritual giftedness is unique
? Because the Holy Spirit sovereignly superintends the
distribution of spiritual gifts, believers cannot earn,
pray for, or in any manner generate them
? Gifts are discerned in service, therefore, we do not
gain the answer by introspection.
EXAMPLE: Taught RA boys, sang in the choir, discipled
men (six or so at a time). It was in the service of
teaching/preaching the Bible I sensed my gift and calling.
Some candidates for the gospel ministry move through an academic program of preparation and present themselves for a pastoral call with little or no record of service other than academic achievement. In contrast, most Third World pastors seek preparation after their gifts for ministry have been shown in years of service.
ILLUSTRATE: William Carey went to India under the compulsion of his missionary vision, but he had demonstrated his gifts as a linguist by mastering Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Dutch, and French, and had shown his pastoral gifts in caring for a ...
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