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Summary: God has given each believer a spiritual gift. Are you using yours?

Today we will be talking about stewardship of our spiritual gifts. Let’s start off by asking this question. If you know what your spiritual gift(s) are would you raise your hand. The first step in good stewardship is knowing and identifying your spiritual giftedness.

1 Peter 4:10-11 (NLT)

God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you.

Are you called to be a speaker? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Are you called to help others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then God will be given glory in everything through Jesus Christ. All glory and power belong to him forever and ever. Amen.

What Are Spiritual Gifts???

Special God given abilities – 1 Corinthians 12:8-10

1 Corinthians 12:8-10 (NLT)

To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another he gives the gift of special knowledge. The Spirit gives special faith to another, and to some one else he gives the power to heal the sick. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and to another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to know whether it is really the Spirit of God or another spirit that is speaking. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, and another is given the ability to interpret what is being said.

What Are Spiritual Gifts???

1. Special God given abilities – 1 Corinthians 12:8-10

2. Given by the Holy Spirit - 1 Corinthians 12:11

1 Corinthians 12:11 (NLT)

It is the one and only Holy Spirit who distributes these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.

What Are Spiritual Gifts???

1. Special God given abilities – 1 Corinthians 12:8-10

2. Given by the Holy Spirit - 1 Corinthians 12:11

3. Every believer in Christ has received a gift – 1 Corinthians 12:7

Spiritual gifts build up the body of Christ

1 Corinthians 12:7 (NLT)

A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church.

Good Stewardship of Spiritual Gifts

1. Identify your spiritual gift – 2 Timothy 1:6

2. Allow God to fully develop the gift within you.

2 Timothy 1:6 (NLT)

This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.

Good Stewardship of Spiritual Gifts

1. Identify your spiritual gift – 2 Timothy 1:6

2. Allow God to fully develop the gift within you.

3. Use your gift as God leads – Romans 12:6

Romans 12:6b (NLT)

…So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out when you have faith that God is speaking through you.

Good Stewardship of Spiritual Gifts

1. Identify your spiritual gift – 2 Timothy 1:6

2. Allow God to fully develop the gift within you.

3. Use your gift as God leads – Romans 12:6

4. Keep proper perspective

Gifts are God working through you

They are not based on your abilities and talents

Are You Using Yours???

Administration – The divine capacity to understand what makes an organization tick, and the ability to plan and execute procedures to accomplish ministry goals

Apostleship – The divine capacity to start and oversee new churches or ministry structures

Are You Using Yours???

Creative Communication – The divine capacity to communicate God’s truth through a variety of forms (Psalm 150; 1 Cor. 14:26)

Discernment – The divine capacity to distinguish truth from error, right from wrong, and pure from impure motives (1 Cor. 12:10; 1 John 4:1-6)

Are You Using Yours???

Encouragement – The divine capacity to give strength, support, or comfort (Romans 12:8; Acts 11:22-24)

Evangelism – The divine capacity to effectively communicate the gospel so that unbelievers respond in faith to Christ (Ephesians 4:11; Luke 19:10)

Are You Using Yours???

Faith – The divine capacity to act on God’s promises with confidence and a steadfast belief in God’s ability to provide (Rom. 4:18-21; 1 Cor. 12:9)

Giving – The divine capacity to cheerfully give money and resources beyond a “tithe” to the work of the Lord (Rom. 12:8; Acts 11:22-24)

Are You Using Yours???

Helps – The divine capacity to meet the practical needs of others so that they, in turn, are free to pursue their own calling (Rom. 12:7; 1 Cor. 12:28)

Hospitality – The divine capacity to care for people by making them feel welcome, comfortable and accepted (Rom. 12:13; 1 Peter 4:9-10)

Are You Using Yours???

Intercession – The divine capacity to pray consistently on the behalf of and for other people, often seeing specific answers to prayers (Rom. 8:26-27; 1 Timothy 2:1-2)

Leadership – The divine capacity to communicate vision, motivate, and direct people to accomplish the purposes of God (Rom. 12:8; Matt. 5:7)

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