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GIFT EMPOWERED MINISTRY

Defining Our Ministry Through Our Giftedness

INTRODUCTION: here we are once again, on the other side of the Christmas season, and back to the book of 1 Corinthians. Now, before we changed gears and went into the Christmas season, we were looking at our spiritual gifts, and we had covered all but a few of them. But that was a few weeks ago, so it would do us some good to take a moment to review, and then forge ahead.

I SPIRITUAL GIFTS HAVE A PURPOSE

A They are an evidence of our salvation

B They propagate Christianity

C They edify the church

II SPIRITUAL GIFTS HAVE A DANGER

A Spiritual Gifts can be misused

B Spiritual Gifts can lead us away from truth

III WHY WE HAVE SPIRITUAL GIFTS

A Spiritual Gifts are a working Service to God

B Spiritual Gifts are a reminder of our unity in Christ

C Spiritual Gifts are an evidence of God’s diversity

IV SPIRITUAL GIFTS ARE ALL ABOUT GOD, AND NOT ABOUT ME

V THE REALITY OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS IS THAT THEY ARE GIVEN ACCORDING TO GOD’S KNOWLEDGE OF OUR NEEDS AND ABILITIES

VI OUR LAST FEW GIFTS

A The Gift of Mercy

Romans 12:8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

1 The Greek word for Mercy is “Eleos”

a An outward manifestation of pity, compassion or sympathy towards another.

b People receiving this ministry of mercy from another should feel better afterwards, not worse

2 Scripture related to the gift of Mercy

Luke 10:37 The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."

Ephesians 2:4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,

2 Timothy 1:16 May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains.

James 2:13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!

Jude 1:21 Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

3 Benefits of this gift

a Sincere compassion to those who are really hurting

b Able to keep the church aware of those who are hurting.

c Jesus’ mercy motivated him to pray, heal, teach, and serve those who hurt the most

d Gift of mercy requires a close walk with the Holy Spirit of God

1 In order to determine when the gift should be exercised

2 In order to know when it is the Holy Spirit who is working in the life of the person

4 Common Characteristics of this gift

a genuine love and care

b sensitivity to words and actions which will hurt others

c need for deep friendships with mutual commitment

d desire to be obedient to God

e prefers personal contact

f emphasizes truth

g joy in faithfulness

B The Gift of Teaching

Romans 12:7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach;

Ephesians 4:11-16 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.


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