Spritual Gifts

Sermon by Pastor Melvin Bell
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Spiritual gifts seem to be a mystery to a lot of believers; however, God has given each born again believer a spiritual gift to benefit the local Body and the Body of Christ at large. Paul addressed spiritual gifts several places in scripture, we will begin our study in Romans 12:1-8. The following are notes from a series of messages entitled “Spiritual Gifts Revealed”! This is the first session. I hope that these notes are a benefit to you. I would love to hear your comments and questions.

Romans 12:1-8 (KJV)

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: (office means FUNCTION)
5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

 (1.) WHAT IS A SPIRITUAL GIFT?

 Charisma: Gifts, ability. It means the very special ability given to the believer byGod!  

 

(2.) WHO HAS SPIRITUAL GIFTS? Romans 12: 3-6

 Every Born Again Believer has a Spiritual Gift!  (Vs. 3 to EVERY MAN; 1 Cor. 12:7 given to every man)

 

(3.) HOW DO YOU GET A SPIRITUAL GIFT?

 It comes from God; it is not a natural talent. The believer could not have attained nor secured the ability himself. It is a spiritual gift that is given by the Spirit of God .

 

(4.) WHAT MAKES SPIRITUALS GIFTS EFFECTIVE? Romans 12:1-8 )

 (a.)  PURITY of Life! Vs. 1-2

(b.)  A MIND that is SUBMITTED to God in its THINKING! Vs. 2

(c.)   Knowing WHO you are, but also knowing WHY and WHOSE you are! Vs. 3 the Why is because of God; the “whose” is that you belong to God. Think “Soberly” means to be in your right mind. Tie this in to 1Cor. 12 – “the foot can’t say to the hand….”

(d.)  Understanding the VALUE of EVERY GIFT and not just your own! Vs. 4-5 (vs. 3 leads into this in not thinking of yourself more highly than you should). Tie in 1 Cor. 12 – “….I have no need of you”.

(e.)   Understand that you were GIVEN the gift; you didn’t obtain it on your own and it’s TO BENEFIT OTHERS! Vs. 6; 1 Cor. 12:7

(f.)   Love must be the MOTIVATION for the use of your Spiritual Gifts! 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

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