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Pastor Bob Paquet

SPIRITUAL GIFTS

TEXT: 1Cor. 12:1-13 Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant. You know that when you were pagans, somehow
or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say,
 “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working,
but the same God works all of them in all men.

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message
 of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 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. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he
 gives them to each one, just as he determines.

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body
—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free —and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

(Prayer)

INTRODUCTION:

1. One of the greatest revelations in my life was when I realized I didn’t have to earn my salvation by works. IT WAS A FREE GIFT OF GOD! (1976 born again)

(Relate story of Russ - If I die I KNOW I will be in His presence for eternity - chip on shoulder)

2. The second greatest revelation in my life was when I discovered that God had a purpose for my life. You see I read...

Eph 2:8-10 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith —and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

3. Did you hear that - let me read it again - our purpose has not been left to chance - He has a plan!

I feel it is significant that immediately after being told that our salvation is a free gift we are reminded in verse 10 that “ ... we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

In 1984 I knew I was called.

(Relate NARD – Not A Real Doctor story) - slides and miles from home and you are an expert.

John 12:1-3 Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

4. BY GRACE WE HAVE BEEN SAVED! A FREE GIFT OF GOD! AND FOR A PURPOSE!

FOR THOSE OF US IN CHRIST - No longer is our relationship with God a guess-so, hope-so, think-so matter. If someone asks me today, “Do you have eternal life?”, I can say with confidence - YES and if I were to die right now I would be in the presence of Jesus for eternity! AND I DON’T HAVE ANY CHIP ON MY SHOULDER - GOD SAID IT AND IT IS SO! I remember a bumper sticker that said, “God said it; I believe it; that settles it!”

And you know what it’s true!

Ps: 115:3 says, “ Our God sits in the heavens and does whatever He pleases!”

Our salvation has been purchased by the blood of Jesus and sealed by the Holy Spirit. We have been redeemed, justified, and sanctified - for a purpose which God determined beforehand.

The GREATEST Gift of God was the Gift of His son – “For God do loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

He has not given us what we deserve but what we need and want
- He has - FORGIVEN OUR SIN
- He has - FREED US FROM GUILT
- He has - GIVEN US A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH HIMSELF
- He has given us - A DIVINE PURPOSE
- and he has - EQUIPPED US TO SERVE HIM IN THE BODY OF CHRIST

If we had no purpose here - God would have taken us to heaven immediately after our conversion.

ILLUSTRATION:

A pastor was reviewing the church membership roles with his official board. The Pastor had scribbled after several of the names the initials FBPO. One of the board members asked,
“Pastor, explain the meaning of these letters.” Replied the pastor, “They mean - For Burial Purposes Only. You see - these are our inactive members!”

When I told this to Gloria she suggested PWs instead of FBPOs. - And she didn’t mean Prisoners of War, she meant Pew Warmers!

I KNOW that our God did not create us For Burial Purposes Only! or to Warm Pews

He created us for a purpose!! Which He determined beforehand for us to do!!

Is it possible we have been equipped in a supernatural way to serve?

Is it possible that we have been saved to equip others for service?

Is it possible that God made each of us so unique that we would be needed in the Body of Christ?

I would propose to you, this evening, that the answer to each of these questions is a RESOUNDING YES! YES! YES! There will never be another you.

I want you to know right now -No child of God should ever have an inferiority complex!

Brothers and Sisters the Scriptures teach that each of us is a unique creation - created, equipped and endowed with Spiritual Gifts - that we might serve Him according to His purpose.
 And you know what - HE HAS NEVER MADE A MISTAKE! NOT ONCE HAS HE HAD TO SAY “OOPS”.

“Let us reason together- sayeth the Lord” Have you ever done it – (relate couch story)

Ps. 139:13-16 says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.
 All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

Brothers and sisters ---

“ WHAT YOU ARE IS GOD’S GIFT TO YOU. WHAT YOU MAKE OF YOURSELF IS YOUR GIFT TO GOD.”

Oh! How I long to serve Him according to His purpose and one day to stand in His presence and hear the words, “‘Well done, good and faithful servant! (Sigrid story)

Today I want to remind you that an acceptance and understanding of Spiritual Gifts:

1.Will Unleash reservoirs of Godly manpower here at Calvary Temple
2.Will thaw out our frozen assets - the frozen chosen
3.Will eliminate unemployment in the Body of Christ
4.Will demonstrate to all who enter here that we are a chosen people; a royal priesthood of believers - and
5.Will edify the Body of Christ
6.Will bring Unity to this Body

Imagine - a time when all who enter here might say - “See how they love one another.”

Imagine for a moment a church where the Right People are in the Right Places for the Right Reasons. Where leaders are leading, where teachers who love
children are teaching children, where administrators are administering, where those with gifts of hospitality and shepherding are overseeing small home groups, where intercessors are
 interceding, where those with a gift of helps and a passion for young children are serving in the nursery -

I just know that God, in His infinite wisdom and in His economy has provided Calvary Temple with all the Gifts that are necessary to accomplish His purpose - none of you
are here by accident each of you is here by Divine Appointment. You have been saved and called for a purpose!

Now with Paul I PROCLAIM, “ Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant.”

Tonight, I am going to preach to you - not teach you.

Someone once told me that preaching is proclaiming the Word of God and teaching is explaining the Word of God. Tonight I am going to proclaim to you the word of God.

First let’s answer the question - What are Spiritual gifts?

PROPOSITION:

Spiritual Gifts are Spirit given skills, abilities and talents freely given to the Body of Christ for Christian Service.

(repeat)

INTERROGATIVE SENTENCE:

How can we hope to fully understand the concept of Spiritual Gifts? TRANSITIONAL SENTENCE:

We can begin to know and fully understand the concept of Spiritual Gifts by studying the Word of God - the Manufacturer’s Handbook. And the Bible tells us
 that we con only understand if the Holy Spirit reveals to us the truth -- only then can we know the truth and be set free!

MAIN DIVISIONS AND SUBDIVISIONS

I.Spiritual Gifts are “grace gifts” - grace means unmerited favor - given to us freely

In 1Cor. 12:1 Paul writes, “ Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant.”

a. The Greek word used here by Paul for “spiritual gifts” literally means “spirituals” referring to the source of the gifts as the Holy Spirit.

b. Throughout the rest of 1st Corinthians 12 the Greek word translated “spiritual gifts” is “charismata” derived from the work “charis” which means grace.

c. Thus scripture clearly tells us that Spiritual Gifts are “Grace Gifts” or Grace Endowments” given to us not because we deserve them - but as free, unmerited gifts.

ILLUSTRATION:

A man died, entered heaven and was escorted to the mansion prepared for him. When he entered the mansion he was surprised to see a room filled with many beautifully
 wrapped gifts. He asked the angel escorting him, “Are these all mine?!” The angel replied sadly, “They were all intended for you while you were on earth but you never
 accepted them. They are no longer yours.”

d.Brothers and sisters apprehend today all that you have been apprehended for. God has given each of you Gifts - reach out and take them and use them that He might be
 glorified; that one day you will be able to stand in His presence and hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Consider that all the treasure you lay up in heaven will have to be obtained while you are down here.

TRANSITION:

We have seen that Spiritual Gifts are freely given to us. Now let’s examine what they are and where they come from.

II. Spiritual Gifts are Spirit given skills, abilities and talents

There are six listings of the various “spiritual gifts” - skills, talents and abilities - in the New Testament. I am not going to cover each of these today. However,You may
 find these lists in 1st Corinthians 12: verses7-10; 28; and 29-30; Romans 12:6-8; Ephesians 4:11; and 1 Peter 4:9-11. (Please refer to your handout) (read them from the handout)

1 Corinthians 12:11
All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.

a. As I meditated and prayed about this message I realized in my spirit that “Spiritual Gifts” can only be obtained from the Holy Spirit. You can’t earn them, you can’t
 buy them, you can’t get them anywhere else and you can’t even determine which ones you will get.

This scripture says, “...and He (the Holy Spirit) gives them to each one, just as He determines.”

Isn’t if great - - we are only responsible for what He has given us!

b.We may have natural talents and abilities through God’s common grace - BUT - these are “God given” not “God Devoted”. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit
 we are changed. Paul, says in Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

c.When Jesus becomes our Lord and our savior - our abilities and talents that once were “natural and carnal” are transformed - they become,“ spiritual and holy”.
 “The old has gone, the new has come!”

When I consider the conversion of Paul - I see a talented, committed, zealous man with tremendous “God given” talents and abilities being used to persecute those who followed
Christ and He even thought he was doing the right thing - after his conversion he made a 180 degree turn and used these same talents and abilities - now “God devoted” to glorify
Christ. He repented!! and was saved!! He was blessed and the world was blessed!

TRANSITION:

We have seen that Spiritual Gifts are freely given to us. They are Spirit given skills, abilities and talents. Now let’s determine to whom they are given.

III.Spiritual Gifts are given to the Body of Christ.

a.Many times in the New Testament the Church is referred to as the BODY OF CHRIST.

1Corinthians 12:11-13
All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines. The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its
parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body —whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free —and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

1Cor. 12:27
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

Romans 12:4-8
Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body,
 and each member belongs to all the others.

b.When you are in Christ Jesus - You became a “member” of the Body of Christ!

Ponder that thought! Let it sink in! You are part of the Body of Christ. You are not your own, you have been purchased with a price - the blood of Jesus! When you accept
Jesus as Lord and Saviour - you DO NOT proclaim your dependence - YOU PROCLAIM your interdependence.

1Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought
 at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”

This means that you are loved, you are an important part of the Body of Christ! Ohhhhh - if only we could comprehend the love that that Father has for us!

You must use your spiritual gifts! If the other members of the Body are to function rightly and be blessed.

On the other hand, if you are to function rightly and be blessed then you must allow the other parts of the body to use their spiritual gifts to serve and minister to you.

(Let me repeat that)

You are part of an “organism” not part of an “organization”!

Turn to the person next to you and say, “ You are needed in the Body of Christ!”

TRANSITION:

We have seen that Spiritual Gifts are free gifts given by the Holy Spirit as He determines to the Body of Christ. Now let’s examine why they are given.

IV.Spiritual Gifts are given for Christian Service.

Ephesians 4:11-13 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works
of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

a. Note that these ministry gifts were given to -PREPARE GOD’S PEOPLE FOR THE WORKS OF SERVICE.

Apostles, prophets, pastors and teachers ought to see themselves primarily as “lamp lighters” rather than torch bearers”. They are called to prepare, equip and release.
To prepare God’s people for works of service.

b.Friends, every believer is a “minister” of Christ. The call to salvation is also a call to ... “the ministry”.

1Peter 4:10-11 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.

ILLUSTRATION:

One church in Connecticut has recognized the beauty and power of viewing each member as a “minister”. On the sign outside the church, beneath the usual
information, are these striking words:

OUR MINISTERS: THE ENTIRE CONGREGATION

Oh ,that God would allow us to see each other as ministers - equally important, equally necessary and dependent on one another in Christ!

CONCLUSION:

In closing -

1. Spiritual Gifts are “GRACE GIFTS” - they are a free gift from God to you.
2. Spiritual Gifts are skills, abilities and talents given by the Holy Spirit as He determines. To whom they are given and how many are given are His sovereign choice.
3. Spiritual Gifts are given to the Body of Christ - if you are a believer that’s you. You are not independent - you are interdependent.
4. Spiritual Gifts are given for Christian Service - we are all called to a ministry. You have been blessed in order that you may be a blessing. Jesus said to His disciples in Matt 10:8-
“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
Brothers and sisters let us begin to bless one another in LOVE that we might be blessed!
(wash feet – John 13:13-17 – “….Now that you know these things you will be blessed if you do them.”
There is a poem by an unknown author:

SOMEBODY ELSE

There’s nothing this fellow can’t do.
He’s busy from morning ‘til way late at night
Just substituting for you.
“When asked to do this or asked to do that
So often you're set to reply:
“Get Somebody Else, Pastor -
He’ll do it much better than I.”
“There’s so much to do in our church;
So much, and the workers are few.
And somebody Else gets weary and worn
Just substituting for you.
“So next time you’re asked to do something worthwhile
Come up with this honest reply:
“If Somebody Else can give time and support,
It’s obviously true, so can I.”


THE CHALLENGE!

You are a Minister ---SERVE!
You are Called --- ANSWER!
You are Empowered --- BE STRONG!
Your are Loved --- BE SECURE!
You are Led --- BE CONFIDENT!
You are Protected --- BE COURAGEOUS!
You are a Steward --- BE FAITHFUL!
You are Gifted --- USE YOUR GIFTS!


Brothers and sisters - tonight I have proclaimed to you the Word of God concerning Spiritual Gifts - Now you have heard - now you are responsible! Today you must choose to serve God or to serve man.

Altar Call:

Bow your head and close your eyes -

If you were asked tonight, “if you were to die would you go to heaven?’ Would your answer be I guess so - I hope so - or I think so? If you can’t say with total confidence -
YES then you need to repent - you need to agree with god’s word and accept Jesus as your Lord and saviour. He said, I am the way the truth and the life no one comes to the Father but by me
. Apprehend tonight all that you have been apprehended for. If you don’t know that you know that you know then raise your hand. If you what to stand before Him one day and hear - Well done,
 good and faithful servant - if you what to know your spiritual gifts - if you want to know your purpose - then make a decision tonight to make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life. Put your hand up right
 now - brothers and sisters in eternity there are only two dwelling places - in the presence of the Lord or in the pits of hell. Today is the day of salvation -

Would everyone stand - if you raised your hand come up to these altars now and let me pray with you

If you are here tonight and realize that god has given you Spiritual Gifts that you have not used for His glory, than you need to repent - you need to come before Him and ask His forgiveness.
Come up to these altars and ask His forgiveness - ask Him to use you - ask Him to reveal to you His purpose. .....
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