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Use Your Gift (3 of 3)
Series: Gifted Christians
1 Corinthians 12:27-13:3
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administering, and various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the higher gifts.
And I will show you a still more excellent way.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
DEFINING SOME OF THE GIFTS
God has given spiritual gifts to Christians. A spiritual gift is a God-given ability for service. According to the plan of God, in the church there is to be diversity (many gifts), unity (one body), and ministry.
Here are some of the spiritual gifts mentioned in the NT (Aubrey Malphurs, Maximizing Your Effectiveness, pp. 47-52).
• Administration: the God-given ability to manage or order the affairs of a church or ministry (e.g., Titus).
• Apostleship: the God-given ability to minister cross-culturally (e.g., Paul).
• Evangelism: the God-given ability to communicate the gospel to unbelievers (e.g., Philip).
• Encouragement: the God-given ability to encourage, console, and when necessary, confront and admonish others (e.g., Barnabas).
• Faith: the God-given ability to envision what needs to be done and to trust God to accomplish it even thought it seems impossible to most people (e.g., Stephen).
• Giving: the God-given ability to give eagerly, wisely, generously, and sacrificially to ...
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