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Summary: A very balanced presentation of the Gifts of Holy Spirit as used to strengthen the Body of Christ.

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The Spirit Filled Life (Part 2): The Gifts of the Spirit

1 Corinthians 12:7, “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”

I. “Now to each one” The spiritual gifts are for every member of the body.

A. In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit and his empowerment was only available to a select few.

B. The priesthood of the believer.

Acts 2:16, 17, “16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17 " `In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.

1PE 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Isaiah 61:6a, “ISA 61:6 And you will be called priests of the LORD, you will be named ministers of our God.

God gave pastors and the other ministries to the church for the purpose of:

Ephesians 4:12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.

The ministry is for the whole body—not just pastors.

C. We have a responsibility to seek the gifts. They are not automatic.

1CO 14:1a Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts.

D. We must exercise the gifts.

1 Timothy 4:14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you.

2 Timothy 1:6-7 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

1. Even though the gifts are supernatural, they can be developed to a greater degree by exercise.

2. We should be patient with people while they are developing the gifts, without going overboard and allowing mayhem.

II. “The manifestation of the Spirit is given”

1 Corinthians 12:8 To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.

A. He gives them to each one, just as he determines.

1. Even though you can develop the gift, i.e. “fan it into a flame,” it is actually given in a moment. That is, you don’t simply develop gifts when you get to a certain level of maturity.

2. The gifts are not an extension of your personality, neither are they dependent on your personality. They are given by God.

3. God gives the gifts as he chooses. We cannot choose our own gift. And we cannot choose what gift another person has. We simply use the gift that God gave to us.


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