Contributed on Jan 9, 2009
Not only does God give to each of us spiritual gifts by which the body of Christ is supported and sustained, He also gives us all that is needed to carry out those functions vital to the health and ministry of His body, the church. With those gifts, God g
Opening illustration: In September 2001, Lisa Jefferson had an unexpected opportunity to be used by God. Her now well-known 15-minute conversation with a passenger on United Flight 93 forever changed the direction of her life. In her book Called, she emphasizes that her listening skills and her ...read more
Contributed on Apr 22, 2009
Many people within the church have always confused ’Fruit of the Spirit’ with the ’Gifts of the Holy Spirit’ and talents with giftings. Gifts of the Spirit are special abilities provided by the Holy Spirit to Christians for God’s glory and building up the
Opening illustration: You mail an expensive & wonderful gift to someone you love & adore but returns at your doorstep all soggy and wet ~ that’s what the contemporary church has been doing with God’s gift of the Holy Spirit. Introduction: Many people within the church have always confused ’Fruit ...read more
Contributed on Apr 29, 2009
Whatever the spiritual realm is, it bestows on people a range of accomplishment abilities that go beyond mere skill or knack. A gift of the Spirit is something that God gives for the purpose of building up others in a life of faith.
Opening illustration: Living Unaware of Our Vast Fortune Come with me into West Texas during the Depression. Mr. Ira Yates was like many other ranchers and farmers. He had a lot of land, and a lot of debt. Mr. Yates wasn’t able to make enough on his ranching operation to pay the principal and ...read more
Contributed on May 13, 2009
Today, the power gifts remain available as a part of God’s plan for His church, and are increasingly being manifested within the ’Body of Christ’ around the world. They are given to the body of Christ as valuable helps to accomplish works of ministry.
Opening illustration: Reflect on my first experience at Nizwa of how hesitantly I discovered and used the charismatic gifts of the Holy Spirit in faith. It just blew me away. The secret was praying without ceasing, fasting, practicing holiness and being sensitive to heed and obey the Holy ...read more
Contributed on May 19, 2009
The five fold ministry gifts are gifted to the church and do not equate to maturity. We need to fully understand that when anybody who has been called to be an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor or teacher, declares a "revelation truth", it is simply th
Opening illustration: There once was a carpenter who visited one of two brothers who had recently grown embittered with each other over a misunderstanding over the farm they had managed together for the past 40 years. The carpenter was in need of work; or so he said, and he asked the one brother if ...read more
Contributed on May 27, 2009
Sometimes we are reluctant to know our gifts. Moses was pulling back from using the gifts God had given him not realizing that God had already given him all he needed. Are we obedient to God so that He can use us as a perfect vessel for His glory?
Opening illustration: Have you ever felt torn in two or more directions when considering how to serve in your church or what job to take? Since you probably can’t do everything you’re asked to do, how do you decide which opportunities for service are best suited for you? Many will be able to relate ...read more