Use the gifts that God has given you
Sermon shared by Charles Mccall
Summary: God has given you a gift to be used to glorify God and to edify the body of Christ.
Audience: Believer adults
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Every believer in Christ has been given a gift by the Holy Spirit to be used to glorify God and to edify the body of Christ. It does not matter if you are young or old, male or female, black or white, educated or uneducated, rich or poor, Baptist or Pentecostal, Methodist or Catholic; if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit has given you a gift to be used to glorify God and to edify the body of Christ.
In Ephesians 4:7-8 it says, "But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men."
In Ephesians 4:11-12, it says, "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelist; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ."
In Romans 12:6-8, it says, "Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophecy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering; or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation; he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mecry, with cheerfulness."
In I Corinthians 12:4-11, it says, "Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differneces of administration, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestations of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; to another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will."
In I Corinthians 12:28-30, it says, "And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
Obviously, the answer to the questions that are set forth in I Corinthians 12:30-31 is "NO" because all of us do not have the same gifts. And because all of us have been given different types of gifts by the Holy Spirit to be used to glorify God and to edify the body of Christ, we should not be competing against each other, trying to out do one another because all of us recieved our gifts from the same source, which is God himself, and we are all on the same team.
In I Peter 4:10-11. it says, "As every man hath recieved the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth; that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."
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