Building The Body Of Christ - Construction Of His Church
INTRODUCTION: Ephesians 4:7, "But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift."
This passage sets the individual "each one" over against the "all" in regard to unity in the Body of Christ. Unity is not uniformity and is perfectly consistent with diversity of gifts. God's gracious relation to "all" is also a personal relation to each one.
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."
Paul moves from the unity of believers to the uniqueness of believers.
Key phrase, "to each one of us grace was given…" Grace is a single-word definition of the gospel. Nature of grace is giving not getting. Grace is unmerited, unearned, and undeserved. Grace is God's self-motivated, self-generated, and sovereign act of giving.
His grace saves us and enables us.
1 Peter 4:10, "As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."
WHAT ARE MOTIVATIONAL GIFTS:
The expressions of God's grace working within each believer. God's
grace gives each believer the desire and the power to
concentrate on a particular by the Holy Spirit in order to
carry out the work of the ministry.
Every Christian has one of the seven motivational gifts
listed in Romans l2:6-8. As a result, every Christian
views other Christians and circumstances through his or
her motivational gift.
Why? We employ them to benefit one another. These
are the gifts God has built into us, made part of us, to be
used for the benefit of others and for His glory. They are
called motivational because they are the motivating force
for our lives. They are the gifts that shape our
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