There is little doubt that the nature of the Holy Spirit, who he is and what he does, is mysterious to us. The concept of “Father” and the nature of Jesus’ incarnation make the first and second members of the Trinity more accessible to us. But comprehending “spirit”? It understandably eludes us.
What ought not elude us though, is the very obvious work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. A professing, growing Christian will be increasingly characterized by the fruit of the Spirit and will also have his or her gifts for serving empowered by the Spirit.
Not so mysterious after all.
This 6-message series has already helped us understand the “being” part of the Spirit’s work in producing fruit and now we turn our attention to the “doing” part; the Spirit-empowered gifts that he gives us as Christians. All who profess faith in Christ should see the fruit and the gift of the Spirit in their lives.
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Not So Mysterious After All
The Gifts of the Spirit: Empowered Abilities
Romans 12:3–8; 1 Corinthians 12:1–11
August 23, 2020
1 Corinthians 12:7
As a believer, I am compelled to serve, according to my gifts and passions, in the power of the Holy Spirit.
What I need to know is...
1. What are the spiritual gifts?
1 Corinthians 12:18
Spiritual giſts are supernaturally empowered abilities given by God to each believer to build up the church through service to one another.
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2. How do these differ from natural talents?
3. How do I determine what my gift is?
(a) Consider your natural abilities
(b) Observe the results you get
(c) Seek feedback and affirmation of others
(d) Ask yourself: what am passionate about?
(e) Use trial and error
(f) Present yourself to God
4. Will the gift still be effective if I exercise it with wrong motives?
1 Peter 4:10–11
1 Corinthians 13:1–3
5. What is the point of God working through us in this way?
(a) God gets the glory not us - 2 Corinthians 4:7
(b) The body of Christ is built up
(c) We remain humble
(d) Our mutuality is assured
(e) Our diversity is celebrated