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Roots of the Faith - The Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Part 1) - 2/7/24

INTRO

  • In keeping with his particular works, the Holy Spirit endows the church with gifts.

  • The main purpose of spiritual gifts is to nurture the maturity and mission of the church by equipping each and every member to engage in ministry.

  • Other purposes are the confirmation of the gospel message and its messengers; provision of a foretaste of the fuller, future work of the Spirit; and the manifestation of Christ’s victory over his enemies.

  • It is important that believers identify their gift(s), learn how to use their gift(s), and serve in ministries in accordance with their gift(s).

  • Disagreement exists between cessationism, which believes that some spiritual gifts have ceased, and continuationism, which maintains that all the gifts continue today.[1]

Spiritual gifts allow us (empowers us) to do what God is calling us to do.

  • The doing of the Christian life (Faith into action)

  • Our Worshiping

  • FULLFILL THE GREAT COMMISSION – Disciple making

  • Evangelism

  • Before Him

  • To others

  • Through the Church

Spiritual gifts are given to every believer upon conversion

  • The indwelling of the Spirit

  • The filling of the Spirit

  • We are supernaturally indwelt and empowered at the moment of our conversion.

Spiritual gifts flow out of our walk with the Lord

  • As we walk in faithful obedience

  • We yield to the Spirit within us.

  • The natural overflow of the Spirit filled life

Spiritual gifts are discerned and developed through service and ministry

  • We always be through the body life of the church (BODY… GIFTS go together)

  • We have seasons of life and service.

  • As we grow our gifts grow. Spiritual maturity. Spiritual wisdom

[1] Gregg R. Allison, 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith: A Guide to Understanding and Teaching Theology (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books: A Division of Baker Publishing Group, 2018), 193–194.

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