To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good - 1 Corinthians 12:7
All Spiritual gifts are for strengthening others. Peter says As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace - 1 Peter 4:10
Spiritual gifts are nothing less than God Himself (the Holy Spirit) in us; energizing our souls, imparting revelation to our minds, infusing power in our wills, and working His sovereign and gracious purposes through us. They are God Himself working in, with, and through human thoughts, deeds, words, and love. They are Jesus' power flowing through Jesus' people so that His body, (Jesus' church) will be supernaturally built up to live and look like Jesus, demonstrating Jesus’ kingdom on earth.
As a church we are examining what it looks like to be committed to the centrality and functional authority (inerrancy) of the Bible and to the effective, Christ-exalting operation of all spiritual gifts.
Orderly Worship // 1 Corinthians 14
As we conclude the series, this week we will look at 5 things that Paul lists as essential to the unity and correct functioning of the corporate church gathering.
1 Corinthians 14 part 2 // Prophecy
This week we will look at the Spirit empowered gift of Prophecy and examine how it worked in the Old Testament and New Testament as well as discussing what role it plays in for us in the church age.
1 Corinthians 14 // Tongues and Orderly Worship
This week we will begin looking at 1 Corinthians 14 and examining the gift of tongues. We’ll see the historical function of this gift, some of the guidelines Paul lays out for it, and discuss it’s purpose and function modernly as well
USING GIFTS IN LOVE // 1 CORINTHIANS 13 (PART 2)
In this sermon we continue looking at how Spiritual Gifts are to be used in love specifically when there's "gift tension" within a church. We also look at how we are to love others without being enabling as well as examining in our own relationships where we are too much about us and not others. Lastly, we unpack the truth that in the new heavens and new earth we won't need Spiritual gifts (ie. healing, because we will be healed, prophetic revelations because we'll have full knowledge etc) Thus we should be excited for the day when Jesus comes and we see him face to face
Using Gifts in LOVE // 1 Corinthians 13 (Part 1)
In this sermon we look at what matters most when using your gifts, namely our love. Paul makes it clear that gifts not done in love are worthless. Furthermore we begin to look at the famous verses describing what love is and is not.
God’s Glorious Purpose for Suffering & the Spiritual Gifts Of Healings
In this sermon we look at the glorious ways God has used suffering for our salvation and in our growth/love for Him. We ask the question: Can suffering have a purpose in the Christian life? It's in this answer we get a healthy and Biblical context to look at what Healing is, why God heals, and the role of faith. Lastly, we unpack that there is no such thing as "the" Spiritual Gift of Healing but rather, God has given the church many different gifts of healings for different pains and ailments.
5 Books on Pain & Suffering to Read.
Suffering and the Sovereignty of God - John Piper
Walking with God Through Pain & Suffering - Timothy Keller
Suffering - Paul Trip
Grief Sanctified: Through Sorrow to Eternal Hope - J.I. Packer
When God Weeps: Why Our Sufferings Matter to the Almighty -Joni Eareckson Tada
1 Corinthians 12:12-26 // One Body with Many Members
THE SPIRITUAL GIFTS OF Prophecy, Tongues, Interpretation of Tongues, Words of Wisdom & Words of Knowledge
In this sermon we unpack the many ways all Christians can regularly hear the voice of God and the 'revelatory' gifts are when some hear the voice of God for others. Furthermore we answer the question, "How can a person believe that the Bible ‘alone’ is the word of God when he affirms that-the Holy Spirit may still speak or reveal things beyond the time that the scripture was closed". The last half we unpack the Power gifts of Prophecy, Tongues, Interpretation of Tongues, Words of Wisdom & Words of Knowledge.
In the message James mentioned the following Gospel Coalition Article. "When Muslims Dream of Jesus"
THE SPIRITUAL GIFTS OF Leadership, Apostleship, Shepherding, Evangelism, Faith, Intercession, & Discerning of Spirits
In this sermon we unpack the Spiritual Gifts of Leadership, Apostleship, Shepherding Evangelism, Faith, Intercession and Discerning of Spirits. We look at how each gift is critical and needed for the building up of the body so that His people experience the intimacy, power and presence of Jesus.
The Spiritual Gifts of Administration, Helps/Service, Mercy, Giving, Teaching, and Encouragement/Exhortation
In this sermon we unpack the 3 clusters of Spiritual Gifts: love gifts, word gifts, and power gifts and how they all need to be present in the life of a church to flourish under Jesus. We also unpack the following gifts: Administration, Helps/Service, Mercy, Giving, Teaching, and Encouragement/ Exhortation.
1 Corinthians 12:1-7 // The Purpose and Beautiful Diversity of Gifts
In this sermon we unpack 1 Corinthians 12: 1-7; looking at a criteria for discerning gifts, as well as the importance of diversity of gifts as true evidence of a Spirit filled church. All Spiritual gifts are for strengthening others and are for displaying the the intelligible power, presence, truth and love of God so we can be built up into become more like Jesus!
What are Spiritual Gifts // Introduction
In this introduction sermon we answer the following 3 questions: Why Spiritual Gifts- why now? What are Spiritual Gifts? And lastly, what's our hope as a church as a result of this series? Furthermore we learn the difference between Spiritual Gifts and natural and acquired gifts as well as how Spiritual gifts are meant to compliment Spiritual disciplines and be motived by Spiritual fruit.