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4 Truths about Spiritual Gifts

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Sermon shared by Larry Sarver

August 2002
Summary: A teaching message on Romans 12:3-8.
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Romans Series # 48 July 24, 2002
Title: 4 Truths about Spiritual Gifts
Website: www.newlifeinchrist.info
Email: pastorsarver@yahoo.com


Introduction: Welcome to New Life in Christ. We are currently in Chapter 12 of Romans as we continue with message #48 of our verse-by-verse study of the Book of Romans.

Read Romans 12:3-8

Opening Prayer

Tonight I will be sharing with you on the topic of spiritual gifts, which is the subject of the six verses that we just read. Specifically I will be sharing 4 truths about spiritual gifts which the apostle Paul elaborates on in this passage. Without further ado letís get to the first truth concerning spiritual gifts.

1. Every Christian has spiritual gifts.

Some people may think that God skipped them when it when he was handing out spiritual gifts, but the clear teaching of the entire Bible is that every Christian has one or more spiritual gifts. In this passage Paul clearly indicates this truth. For instance, in verse 3 he makes a point of saying that he is speaking "to every one of you." He is speaking to everyone in the church about the subject of spiritual gifts because every Christian has spiritual gifts. Spiritual gifts are not limited to those who have a leadership role in the church, or to those who have received specialized training in ministry. "We (not I or some) have different gifts according to the grace given us." (vs. 6.)

1. Every Christian has spiritual gifts.

I need to explain my use of the term "spiritual gifts." When many people hear that term, they only think of abilities that are clearly supernatural such as: healing the sick, working miracles, prophesying, or speaking in tongues. I do not think that you can limit spiritual gifts to these specific supernatural abilities or even to the nine manifestations of the Spirit listed 1 Corinthians 12:7-10. In fact, as Paul continues in 1 Corinthians 12 on the same subject of spiritual gifts, he lists the seemingly non-miraculous abilities such as: helping others, administrating, and teaching along with miraculous abilities that have been traditionally understood as "spiritual gifts." Letís read 1 Corinthians 12:27-31 where the Bible teaches that spiritual gifts include the obviously miraculous abilities and the seemingly non-miraculous abilities of Christians.

Read 1 Corinthians 12:27-31

Based on the Bible, I believe that spiritual gifts are any ability or capacity given to Christians to help the whole church. It may be teaching, praying, leading worship, singing, organizing, serving, giving financially, etc... The term "spiritual" is appropriate because the origin of all these abilities is the Holy Spirit who equips us and the term is appropriate because the purpose of these gifts is spiritual and not worldly and nature. These abilities are referred to as "gifts" because that is what they are. These are abilities that have been given as gifts to us. They were not chosen by us, or earned by our hard work or spiritual diligence. In fact, the Greek word translated as "gifts" in Romans 12:5 is the Greek word "charismata", which means "special gifts of grace." In other words, any ability we have is 100% the result of Godís grace toward us. What is grace? It is undeserved favor from God.

Now back to the first truth I was sharing with you about spiritual gifts, which is that
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