by Donald Cantrell

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Gods Gifts and Corinth (17 of 21)
Series: 1 Corinthians
Donald Cantrell
1 Corinthians 12:1-31

I - The Evil Dilution of Spiritual Gifts (1 - 3)
II - The Excellent Distributor of Spiritual Gifts (4 - 7)
III - The Enormous Differences of Spiritual Gifts (8 - 11)
IV - The Esteemed Diverseness of Spiritual Gifts (12 - 19)
V - The Extolled Dependency of Spiritual Gifts (20 - 31)

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Theme: ''Understanding the beauty and benefits of spiritual gifts''

Spiritual Gifts

The church of Corinth was facing schism issues; people were lining themselves into certain factions and were praising one teacher and diminishing other teachers. The church was facing church members were bringing lawsuits against one another in the court systems.

Some of the members were attacking and minimizing the authority and the apostleship of Paul and even going so far as to devalue his worth and his right to monetary upkeep. On top of all of this the church was battling egos on who had the best spiritual gifts and some were even going so far as to fake having certain gifts.

It was with this thought in mind that Paul begins this section of his letter and he will address the matter of spiritual gifts for the next three chapters. I am not really sure we are much better in our modern age. If we asked our congregations if they knew what their specific spiritual gifts were, would they truly be able to tell us?

I am not so sure that even half of our audience could even acknowledge their own spiritual gifts? I would be even more interested in how many of our members are even using their spiritual gifts? Even more disconcerting, is this, how many even know what spiritual gifts are and how many spiritual gifts there truly are?

Spiritual Gift Analogy and Cakes

Let's look at it this way: Each gift is unique and different, right? So up here I have separate and unique cakes. Each cake has a different spiritual gift ...

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