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Spiritual Gifts, pt. 1

“Service after Surrender”

Rom. 12:3-8

Entire series with powerpoints can be found here:

http://www.gbcdecatur.org/sermons/serviceaftersurrender.html

This statue is outside a church in San Diego. Vandals broke off the hands years ago. A plaque reads, "I have no hands but yours."

That is the truth that is being taught in Rom. 12.

When Jesus was here on earth, He ministered in a physical body…but since He has returned to heaven, He has ministered thru a spiritual body…the body of Christ…the Church!

v. 5 “members”=body parts! He has no hands but ours!/feet/voice

And our first obligation to the Lord is complete surrender! That’s why vv. 1-2 are attached to 3-8. God cannot use us in the body of Christ until we make a complete surrender of our gifts to Him.

This involves:

Total dedication

v. 1 This is the language of the OT priesthood. The priest would make a “drink offering”…they would make a certain mixture and pour it upon the altar. Which is what we are to do w/ our life…lay it on the altar.

Radical Separation

v. 2 Don’t allow your life to be poured into the world’s mold. Our goal is not to be a weird-o, just not to be like the world…and the closer we move to the end of the world, the more a true, separated believer will be thought of as radically different.

That’s why the media refers to us as the radical right wing…they don’t mean it as a compliment…but we should take it that way!

Inner Transformation

v. 2 Salvation begins as an inside job. We will never change outwardly for real until we change inwardly. Your behavior will not be altered unless your thinking has been altered. Your appearance won’t be one that will glorify God and draw others to Him until there’s a change beneath the surface. And that’s what we focus on here at GBC. We don’t try to impose a certain look on people…what you see is a reflection of what they are on the inside…so we do well to focus on the inner man.

All 3 of the above are summed up by: “complete surrender”

It will do us no good at all to deal w/ spiritual gifts…to think about what our gifts are, until we have grappled w/ this issue of complete surrender.

Because surrender and service always go together. The 2 cannot be separated. It’s impossible to be surrendered to God, and not be busy serving Him. You cannot be a living sacrifice, and be lazy and indifferent toward the ministry of the church. Talk is cheap. We can talk about total dedication, radical separation, inner transformation, but the proof is in the pudding. If it doesn’t lead you to service, to have a ministry, then it isn’t real! Worship should lead us to service…devotion should lead us to our duty! (it’s possible to have the latter w/out the former, but not vice-versa!)

We all have spiritual gifts, given to us at salvation. But don’t expect to know for sure what yours are until you have surrender to use them in His service, no matter what.

After vv. 1-2 comes 6 verses about spiritual gifts. This passage of scripture utterly destroys the idea that a Christian can be committed to Christ but not active in church/love the Lord, but not obey Him!


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Phil Muthersbaugh

commented on Oct 29, 2008

Well organized material and a great base from which to build my own series. Thanks!

John Baker

commented on Oct 30, 2008

Excellent well thought out narrative. It helped me immensely by adding to my outline pertinent scriptural texts. The statue illustration was outstanding. Thank you

Donald Rapp

commented on Nov 12, 2008

Great introduction. It is so important for people to understand that we are all apart of the body and all need to exercise our gifts so that the Body can grow.

Brad Paterson

commented on Feb 11, 2009

awesome!

John Scoggins

commented on Feb 14, 2009

The sad part about the statue story is that it is a legend, not a true story. No one knows where the cathedral is (Enland or some other part of Europe?). No pictures are available. It''s an amalgamation of stories. We need to be careful about these kinds of things.

Jerry Watts

commented on Mar 9, 2009

While the statue story certainly is an amalgation of many stories, there is a picture of the "handless Jesus statue" on the web. Thanks for your message.

Charles Worth

commented on Jun 24, 2009

it matters not if the story in the introduction is true or an amalgamation of stories. It gets the point across without risking the sincerity or reputation of scripture.

John Littau

commented on Jul 1, 2011

I appreciate your work...

Jerry Shirley

commented on Mar 15, 2012

Here''s the real story: http://www.google.com/imgres?q=no hands but ours

Rev. Dr. Henry Vernon

commented on Feb 13, 2015

Excelent work Pastor Jerry.

Roger Phillips

commented on Mar 28, 2016

Great word and well organized.

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