Summary: Gifts of the Holy Spirit - PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(1). We Share the Same Confession (vs 1-3)
(2). We Serve the Same God (vs 4-6)
(3). We seek to build the Same Body (vs 7-13)
(4). We Share the Same Baptism (vs 14-20)
(5). We need each other (vs 21-25)
(6). We Affect Each Other (vs 26-31)
• A man from the big city decides to spend the weekend on a country shoot.
• Wearing all the gear but not have much idea;
• He stands in a field and shoots;
• And by ‘chance’ manages to shoot a pheasant.
• The only problem is the pheasant is in the next field to him;
• And he can’t get to it because of a fence.
• Within a few minutes an old country farmer pulls up in his Land Rover;
• And he asks the city gent what was going on.
• The would be hunter said, “I shot a pheasant and I’m retrieving it.”
• The old farmer replied, “This is my property and you’re not coming over here!”
• Well, this made the hunter mad so he said,
• “If you don’t let me come over the fence I’ll call my London lawyer and I’ll sue you.”
• The farmer smiled and said, “Apparently you don’t know how we do things up here.
• We settle disagreements with the three-kick rule.
• I’ll kick you three times, and then you kick me three times,
• And so on, back and forth, until someone gives up.”
• The city gent liked this challenge;
• Because he thought he could easily take the old farmer.
• And so the contest began:
• The country farmer climbs down from the tractor;
• Asks the man to bend over and gives him a swift kick up the backside.
• He then repeats this act again and again.
• This humiliated the city gent then looks the old farmer in the eye and says;
• “Okay, you old codger, now it’s my turn!”
• To which the farmer responded;
• “Nah, I give up. You can have the pheasant!”
• TRANSITION: Like that hunter;
• Too many Christians fight over things that are not worth fighting over!
• For as long as I can remember ‘The gifts of the Spirit’
• Have always caused Christians to fall out and disagree;
• And this entirely misses the point as to why they were given to us!
“God has given gifts to us, his people:
These gifts are not toys to selfishly play with, or weapons to fight with!
They are tools to unselfishly build with.”
• So please as we look at the gifts of the Spirit;
• Keep in mind our main aim is to build each other up in the faith;
• And not fall out over them.
• We have emphasised observe the previous studies about context;
• And once again we need to make sure we look at this chapter in its context.
• And not just pull out isolated verses to support a theological argument.
• Remember that division was a major problem in the Church at Corinth;
• The Church was spilt with members following different leaders of the Church;