August 30, 2020

The Gifts of the Spirit: Divine Manifestations

Bible Text: 1 Corinthians 12-14 |

As we have worked through the not so mysterious aspects of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives, we now come to what is, in fact, a little mysterious because it is rooted entirely in the power and prerogatives of God. We looked at “Empowered Abilities” in the last message, understanding that these “natural” abilities (eg. teaching, mercy, helps) become spiritual gifts as the Holy Spirit manifests himself in and through us.

Now we turn our attention to what have commonly become known as the more miraculous gifts or sign gifts. The gifts of tongues, healing, word of knowledge and the like are 100% the result of God’s choice to show himself in that way through us.

This category of gift, though, has met with so much controversy in the church with some believing these gifts are no longer in God’s playbook (cessationists) and others believing that all the gifts are in play today (continuationists). And it is possible that both extremes fail the test of Scripture. We’ll be looking mostly at 1 Corinthians 12–14 on Sunday’s livestream as we seek to gain clarity about the divine manifestations, the power gifts, that God gave to the church.

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Sermon Notes

Not So Mysterious After All
The Gifts of the Spirit: Divine Manifestations
Todd Dugard
1 Corinthians 12-14

August 30, 2020

As a believer, I should expect the Lord to work in unexplained ways, manifesting himself in power so as to build up the church.

What I need to know is…

1. All spiritual gifts continue to be in play

Spiritual gifts chart:

1 Corinthians 13:8-12

2. The goal of the gifts is that the church would be built up

1 Corinthians 14:26

3. The “higher gifts” should be the ones we seek

1 Corinthians 12:31

4. Elders are responsible for the orderly expression of the gifts

1 Corinthians 14:40

5. Everything must be “tested”

1 Thessalonians 5:21

1 Corinthians 14:39


Robert Bowman on Nabeel Qureshi and miracles:

Three articles about Charles Spurgeon:
Jason Meyer:
Sam Storms:
John Piper:
Baker Bible Dictionary; Craig Blomberg:
Many resources: