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Demystifying Spiritual Gifts

quest-8-4Many of us have wrestled with questions about what constitutes a spiritual gift, what our spiritual gifts are and how we discover them. Based on Scripture a spiritual gift appears to be simply an ability or skill endowed on us by the Holy Spirit for the benefit of the church family. (See 1 Corinthians 12:4-7.)

My personal understanding from Scripture is that the Lord does not provide for us a complete list of spiritual gifts. The lists given in Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4 and 1 Peter 4 contain both similar and unique spiritual gifts. None of these lists neatly overlap. This leads me to the conclusion that these lists provide examples of spiritual gifts, but are not intended to give us a complete inventory of them. [Read more →]

August 16, 2009   2 Comments

Invest in God’s Kingdom Creatively!

quest-8-3As I read through the Bible one of the things that I enjoy about God is the creative way he chooses to do things! Look at just a few of these: he created many things out-of-nothing, yet when he created man, he took some dirt (that he’d already created) out of which he formed him; God provided manna for Israel’s food every day for 40 years; he rebuked an evil prophet by allowing the prophet’s own donkey to speak to him; he brought down the walls of a mighty city by asking Israel to march around it; he got Jonah’s attention by preparing a great fish to swallow him for three days and then spit him out on land!

Then we go to the New Testament where we find Jesus also working creatively. Sometimes he healed people just by speaking a word; other times he touched them; once he made mud and daubed it on the eyes of a blind man and told him to wash; he turned the water contained in six large ceremonial jars into fine wine at a wedding; he asked Peter to go catch a fish in which he would find a coin of an exact denomination in order to pay taxes! The Lord is incredibly creative in his dealings with mankind. [Read more →]

August 14, 2009   Comments Off on Invest in God’s Kingdom Creatively!

Values for Serving Others

Values are like a compass showing us due north. Values give us direction. Values make our lives easier, because they’ve already settled issues for us that we don’t have to wrestle with every time they come up. Values help us focus on right-living.

In 1 Peter 4:7-11, the Lord provides us with five values to guide us as we employ our spiritual gifts in the family of Christ:

“The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:7-11) [Read more →]

February 25, 2009   Comments Off on Values for Serving Others

Values for Employing Spiritual Gifts

Values are like a compass showing us due north. Values give us direction. Values make our lives easier, because they’ve already settled issues for us that we don’t have to wrestle with every time they come up. Values help us focus on right-living.

In 1 Peter 4:7-11, the Lord provides us with five values to guide us as we employ our spiritual gifts in the family of Christ:

“The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:7-11) [Read more →]

February 14, 2009   Comments Off on Values for Employing Spiritual Gifts