Spiritual Gifts: God’s Grace To Believers For The Edification Of The Church – Part 3

Spiritual Gifts: God’s Grace To Believers For The Edification Of The Church – Part 3

Romans 12:3-8

You have a gift and the church needs you to use it
Colossians 3:12-17, Ephesians 4:16
Your commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ is directly tied to your involvement in the local church

Four principles related to  the giving of spiritual gifts
Part 1  –  The Attitude of spiritual gifts – Vs. 3
Part 2 –   The Diversity of spiritual gifts – Vs. 4-5
This week: Part 3 – The Practice of the spiritual gifts – Vs. 6
.         The lists of spiritual gifts:  Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:8-11, 28-30; Ephesians 4:11-12, 1 Peter 4:10-11
        A.  The categories/types of spiritual gifts
.         .         Speaking – Teaching, Evangelism, Exhortation, Preaching
.         .         Serving – Giving, Leading, Mercy
.         .         Sign – Miracles, Tongues, Healings
.         B.  The positions on the sign gifts
.         .         1.  Continuationists – The miraculous gifts are still in operation.
.         .         2.  The miraculous gifts have ceased entirely
.         C.  What the cessationist position is not
.         .         1.  It does not deny the possibiliy of miracles
.         .         .         God still does miracles today;  people do not
.         .         2.  The position does not rise or fall on 1 Corinthians 13:8-10
.         .         3.  The position does not minimize the person and work of the Holy Spirit
.         .         .          The Holy Spirit is God,
.         .         .         .        He is the agent of: convistion, new birth (John 3:8), baptism, indwelling,
.         .        .         .             seals us for the day of redemption, transforms us into the image of Christ
.         .        .         .             (2 Corinthians 3:18), gifts us to grow the church, enables us to lead a godly
.         .        .         .             life, encourages us, comforts us, gives us assurance, counsels us