Topic: Spiritual Gifts
In this session, we look at the topic of Spiritual Gifts.
Speaker: Andy Martin
Andy is based in Birmingham but spends much of his time training, equipping and supporting church leaders internationally. In this session he speaks to us about Spiritual Gifts.
Read 1 Corinthians 14:1-33 & Romans 12:3-8
1.This subject is important
These churches were significant and Paul instructs each of them because the existence and operation of the gifts in the church matters.
2.The work of the Holy Spirit in the believer produces gifts AND fruit
– it’s not gifts OR fruit
3. Gifts are for everyone
1Cor. 14:26 What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation.
Given by the Holy Spirit
Not a question of maturity, knowledge or experience
Gifts are given to be used
In accordance with the ‘measure of faith’ (Romans 12), humility and not striving
We have different functions as in the parts of the body
4. The purpose of the gifts is to build up the individual believer and the Church
v4 “The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself”
v5 “prophecy … so that the church may be built up.”
Strengthen and encourage others
To benefit the church – the house of God
Not about us!
Explain gift of tongues
5. Gifts must be expressed in a way accessible for unbelievers
23 If, therefore, the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your minds?
Paul is encouraging the use of the gifts not restricting them but he is bringing order so as not to unnecessarily offend unbelievers.
– give profile to the intelligible gifts (prophecy)
– make unintelligible clear with other gifts (interpretation) – make sure not dominated by one gift
– not sure not dominated by one person
When we gather on a Sunday or anytime, God is present and his presence is to be displayed through spiritual gifts and we are make it accessible to unbelievers.
Explain words. (e.g. God is sending fire)
Explain manifestations. Make it accessible to a variety of encounters.
Have a variety of gifts / people contributing publicly/use non-religious language. “When love comes in bad stuff has to go out”
6. Gifts are powerful and are a sign God is real!
24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all, 25 the secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you.
See this clearly in the life of Jesus and the disciples.
7. Prophecy is to be weighed
1 Corinthians 14:29-32
Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets.
(Explain how gift works practically)
8. Gifts are to be desired and sought.
Twice paul calls the church to earnestly desire the gifts.
1Cor. 14: 39 So, my brothers, earnestly desire to prophesy
Paul speaks of greater and lesser gifts
Don’t be passive, ‘I’m open…’
Desire, long for, expect
9. It is all about Love!
1Cor. 14:1 Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts
Follows chapter 13 – all about Holy love!
Gifts are an expression of love for God, for the church and for one another.
v1 Pursue love – and love is to be pursued.
Helps overcome fear of failure
Not about performance