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God's Gifted Church - Pt. III (33 of 40)
Series: Living Under Kingdom Authority
Ernest L. Easley
1 Corinthians 12
Now as we continue learning about God's Gifted Church, take your Bible and turn with me to1 Corinthians 12 where we find the Apostle Paul addressing an issue taking place back in Corinth during their public worship gatherings: the misuse and abuse of their spiritual gifts.
Before we take another look at God's Gifted Church, let me remind you that tonight is the fourth Sunday night of our Son of God series at 6:00 PM. We're discovering on these Sunday nights the difference Jesus in us makes in our personal and public life.
Tonight our focus is Ephesians 2.10, ''For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.'' Yes, we have been saved BY GRACE, THROUGH FAITH, FOR GOOD WORKS!
We're going to take a look at Jesus' ministry and then at our ministry. Did you know that you have a ministry? Well, you do. And do you know how I know that? Because God, through His Holy Spirit, has given you spiritual gifts to fulfill the ministry He has given you.
You and I are God's workmanship, His poiema, His poem, His work of art, (the next time somebody says to you, 'You are a piece of work,' just smile and thank them and say, ''indeed I am!'') That's what this word ''workmanship'' means: His creation work created in Christ for good works. And it's those good works, the ministry God has called you to, is why He gave you spiritual gifts!
*Gifts you didn't earn.
*Gifts you didn't work for.
*Gifts you didn't deserve.
*Gifts intended for you to use to strengthen and build up His church.
Here's what that means for you: because you belong to Him, you have a place of service here. And because you have a place of service here, we cannot be the church God wants us to be without your contribution.
1 Corinthians 12.7, ''But the manifestation of the Spirit is ...
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