Rev. & Mrs. Kenneth Fellenbaum

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Bible Verse of the Day

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

One Body, Many Members, Different Gifts

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome and Corinth and instructed them on the important matter of spiritual gifts (see Romans 12:4-8; First Corinthians 12). In these passages, Paul made several very important points. First of all, the Church, like our physical bodies, is one body with many members (Rom. 12:4; 1 Cor. 12:12, 14 & 20). The many different parts or members do not exist independently but are part of a larger body. Secondly, in Christ, each member of his body belongs to all the other members or parts (Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:25-26). Christians not only belong to Christ but they are also connected to all other believers. Thirdly, Christians have been gifted by Christ "according to the grace given us" and "just as he has determined" (Rom. 12:6; 1 Cor. 12:11). Believers do not decide what gift or set of gifts they would desire. The Lord has decided this and it is our responsibility to discover what gifts we have and then develop and use them for the good of the body.

There are three passages where the various spiritual gifts are listed. Look these lists over and attempt to understand which gift or gifts you have been given.

Romans 12:7-8
prophesying - speaking forth a message from God
serving - helping others
teaching - imparting spiritual truth
encouraging - helping others with uplifting comments
giving - contributing to the needs of others
leadership - assuming responsibility to lead
mercy - offering a shoulder for others

First Corinthians 12:8-10
wisdom - knowing what to do
knowledge - essential information
faith - strong belief
gift of healing - aiding the sick & afflicted
miraculous powers - miracle workers
prophecy - (see prophesying)
distinguishing between spirits - discernment
speaking in tongues - languages
interpretation - helping others understand

First Corinthians 12:27-30
apostles - ones sent to represent
prophets - (see prophesying)
teachers - (see teaching)
workers of miracles - (we could use a few!)
gift of healing - (see above)
helps - (see serving)
administration - (see leadership)
different tongues & interpretation (see above)

Do you know which spiritual gift or gifts you possess? If not please speak to a pastor, elder or the deacons. Everyone is needed in ministry! You would get a blessing out of serving as well as in being ministered to.

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