by Jeff Lynn

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Get in the Game! - Managing Your Spiritual Gift (4 of 8)
Series: Resource Management
Jeff Lynn
1 Peter 4:10-11

This morning we are looking at being good managers of our spiritual gift.

Our primary text is 1 Peter 4:10-11: This is sort of the ‘‘overarching passage’’ when it comes to spiritual gifts. Let’s look and see what the Apostle Peter has to say about this topic:

TEXT: 1 Peter 4:10-11

When Peter says ‘‘as each has received a gift’’, what is he talking about?

He is talking about a ‘‘spiritual gift’’.

What is a spiritual gift?

Here’s one definition:

Spiritual gift: any talent or ability which is empowered by the Holy Spirit and able to be used in the ministry of the church. Wayne Grudem

John MacArthur calls a spiritual gift…

Spiritual gift: a divine enablement for ministry to the body.
John MacArthur

The word ‘‘gift’’ in our text that we just read in 1 Peter is the Greek word ‘‘charisma’’ which comes from two words:

Charis = grace
Ma= the effect of

So, your spiritual gift is the ‘‘effect of grace’’. Whatever spiritual gift you have is solely the work of God’s unmerited favor in your life.

Notice that Peter says that we are to be good stewards of God’s varied grace.

Again, I like the way the New Living Translation translates verse 10:

God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you. 1 Peter 4:10 New Living

And in 1 Corinthians 12, when the Apostle Paul is referring to spiritual gifts, look at what HE says:

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I don’t want you to be uninformed.
1 Corinthians 12:1

And the word for ‘‘spiritual gifts’’ actually means the effect or demonstration of the Holy Spirit.

So, like the Apostle Paul, I don’t want you to be uninformed when it comes to your spiritual gift, or the issue of spiritual gifts at large.

Remember that the Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 4:2 that it ...

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