"he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all." Eph 1:20-23
#1 BIG IDEA—Jesus has given super powers to His body, the church.
"Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit." 1 Corinthians 12:4-5
#2 BIG IDEA—Spiritual gifts will look very different from one church to another.
But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 1 Corinthians 12:18-21
NOTE: The body of Christ on earth ISN’T h2o. We’re a small little piece, we’re an elbow. A little toe.
"...and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone." I Corinthians 12:6
#3 BIG IDEA—God not only gifts us, but empowers us.
NOTE: pneuma=breath of God; charis=grace of God.
Spiritual gifts are God breathing IN you and THROUGH you, His grace to others.
"To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good." I Corinthians 12:7
NOTE: There are 3 major areas of the NT where gifts are discussed; Ephesians 4, 1 Corinthians 12, and Romans 12. Today, we’re going to just look at Romans 12. Other gifts we’re NOT talking about today: administration, discernment, faith, healings, being a helper, hospitality, knowledge, miracles, tongues, wisdom, evangelism, celibacy.
"Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness." Romans 12:6-8
Mercy: Demonstrates Jesus’ love and compassion by responding to people’s pain. .
Serving: Demonstrates Jesus’ servant heart by meeting people’s practical needs.
Teaching: Demonstrates Jesus’ commitment to explaining the truth about God in a clear and accurate way.
Exhorting: Demonstrates Jesus’ desire for us to grow by drawing near, encouraging, admonishing, coaching. “You can do it.”
Giving: Demonstrates Jesus’ incredible generosity, in giving what we have for the sake of people.
Leadership: Demonstrates Jesus’ organizational power, inspiring, delegating and directing His cause.
Prophecy: Demonstrates Jesus’ sensitivity to God in saying precisely what people need to hear in that moment. “I felt like God spoke to me from you.”
Here’s the question—-WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO BRING TO THIS COMMUNITY AND TO THIS WORLD?
3 things you may have never heard
1. You are a gift from the Father to the Son.