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Summary: Take an evaluative look at the ways spiritual gifts are being used in your life and in your fellowship.

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Unhealthy Views of Spiritual Gifts

* Useful for gaining popularity, status and power

* Useful for helping one stand out from the crowd

* Useful for self-aggrandizement (Increasing one’s power, rank or wealth)

* Useful for protecting oneself from other’s accusations about worthlessness

* Useful for manipulating others into doing what you want them to do

* Useful for dividing one group against another

* Useful for ranking each person in an order of importance

* Useful for creating divisions according to the more visible and public gifts

* Useful for helping everyone feel that we cannot control our future since certain gifts are lacking in our portfolio

* Useful for keeping certain people under control

* Useful for being an individual with no accountability to the body of Christ

* Useful for imposing socialism on the body of Christ since no one can be considered better than anybody else

* Useful for teaching everyone that they must submit themselves to one model of practicing spiritual gifts

* Useful for manipulating others to do what the preachers and teachers want

* Useful for keeping other feeling inferior to the main gifts of leadership and administration

* Useful for giving greater weight to certain people’s gifts because of their so-called success

* Useful for showing that certain people in the Bible were more important

* Useful for demonstrating that some people have many gifts and others have few making them less in status

* Useful for certain interests become our obsessions

* Useful for concentrating on tasks above people

* Useful for focusing our attention on the gifts that contribute to the quantitative growth of the church

* Useful for more introspection

Healthy Views of Spiritual Gifts

* Useful for giving God great glory and honor

* Useful for helping everyone feel that they are making a valuable contribution to God

* Useful to keep one humble realizing that we have freely been given so we are to freely give

* Useful for complementing others in the body of Christ with their particular gifts

* Useful for serving others in ways that are necessary for the body of Christ to function

* Useful for unifying the body of Christ by emphasizing our unity through diversity

* Useful for helping us all realize that God is giver of every gift according to His wisdom

* Useful for creating synchronization in the body according to the mutual inter-working of people

* Useful for helping everyone feel that we need to rely on certain people for gifts that can help us maximize our potential

* Useful for allowing each person to exercise their God given gift in a way that please the Lord

* Useful for showing how inter-dependent we are in the body of Christ for one another

* Useful for bearing one another’s burdens and thus fulfilling the law of Christ

* Useful for demonstrating that spiritual gifts can be exercised through a variety of organizations and situations

* Useful for helping every person recognize that God’s word and Spirit have more voice in our direction that any spiritual gift

* Useful for helping everyone have a good appreciation for organizational gifts


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