Summary: Part 4 of our Week of Renewal series takes a look at the gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit so that we can fulfill the First Will of God.
4th Annual Week of Renewal 2007
“Being Doers of His Word”
January 22: What Gifts has He Given?
Pastor Bruce Shields
† Open with Prayer
† Guest Speaker
† Prayer / Response Time
WHAT GIFTS HAS HE GIVEN?
Friday – Are you in a relationship with God?
Saturday – Listening to the Holy Spirit
The Three Wills of God
All to be saved
All saved to preach the Gospel
All saved to receive gifts
Sunday – Share the Good News
GO – TEACH – BAPTIZE – Teach them to obey all Christ commands
Tonight – What gifts has He given?
The third will of God – gifts (spiritual) to enable you to fulfill the second will of God (to share the Good News).
WHAT ARE THE SPIRITUAL GIFTS?
God’s abilities manifested in the believer through the Holy Spirit.
What kind of gifts are there?
The Bible lists some of them;
Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist
Pastor, Teacher, Music
Exhortation, Wisdom, Knowledge
Serving, Helps, Leadership
Administration, Giving, Mercy
Discernment, Faith, Hospitality
Intercession, Healing, Missionary
These are only some.
They are all different gifts but from the same spirit.
All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.
No one person has ALL the gifts…
No one chooses his gifts…
The Holy Spirit determines which gifts you are to have.
Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church.
Why? Because when He sees He can trust you with a little, He will give you a lot!
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
This is the third will of God.
The gifts you receive to fulfill the second will of God, to Go and make disciples. (Matthew 28)
To make each of us a part of the Body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:27 - Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
Every part is important.
(Big Toe story)
Every gift is a good as the next.
No gift is insignificant.
Make sure no gift is wasted.
WHAT ARE THESE GIFTS FOR?
Building and edifying the Body of Christ.
Building the body of Christ – getting people saved.
Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, Teacher, Missionary, etc…
Edifying the body of Christ – Uplift & strengthen.
Exhortation, Music, Wisdom, Knowledge, Leadership, Administration, Giving, Mercy, Discernment, Faith, etc..
Gifts that could possibly do both.
Healing, Intercession, Hospitality, Serving, etc..
These God abilities are precious to God, and He gives them expecting you to use them…
The Parable of the Talents Matthew 25:14 - 30
14 "Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. 15 To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. 17 So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. 18 But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19 "After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. ’Master,’ he said, ’you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’
21 "His master replied, ’Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
22 "The man with the two talents also came. ’Master,’ he said, ’you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.’
23 "His master replied, ’Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
24 "Then the man who had received the one talent came. ’Master,’ he said, ’I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
26 "His master replied, ’You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.