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Do You Know Your Gift? (23 of 30)
Series: THE BOOK OF I CORINTHIANS
I Corinthians 12:1-11
January 26, 2005
1. As we begin our study tonight, we begin with one of the most important subjects in the Bible as it relates to individual believers--the possession and use of spiritual gifts.
a. Every person in this auditorium this evening brings with him/her something special--a gift from the Holy Spirit. (Vs. 7), "But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal."
2. Your gift/gifts are for the purpose of building up and edifying the church--the body of Christ. You may have only one gift or you may have several. But each believer has at least one gift. Some of the various gifts are listed here in our text, and others are given in I Corinthians, Romans and Ephesians.
3. The question is: "Do you know your gift?" Do you know what your gifts are? And secondly, if you do, are you using them for the Lord? A gift is of little value if it is not being used.
Let me give you three things this evening:
I. The Abuse of Gifts
II. The Source of Gifts
III. The Operation of Gifts
I. THE ABUSE OF GIFTS (VV. 1-3)
A. The error
1. Many of the Corinthian believers had been saved out of heathen backgrounds. They had been involved in paganism and idol worship. Apparently there were people in the church who were still involved in some sort of false doctrine or counterfeit worship. It's also possible that some of them were claiming to possess spiritual gifts and were attempting to influence others. Not much has changed since Paul wrote to the Corinthians. The devil has successfully spread heresy through religion, and he has placed deceitful teachers in many of the churches today. They promote a false form of worship and lead many astray. 2 Peter 2:1, "But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily [quietly, secretly] sha ...
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