Sunday, May 25, 2014

It takes the Spirit to build a church

Pastor Marvin's sermon this morning was on 1 Cor 12:1-11, entitled "It takes the Spirit to build a church", broken into 4 points:
1. Spiritual gifts do not guarantee spiritual truths (v.1-3)
2. Every Christian has at least one spiritual gift (v.4-11)
3. Spiritual gifts are given for the sake of other people (v.7)
4. Every Christian's gift are determined by God (v.4-11)

Point 1
We must not confuse ourselves on gifts and truths, because great spiritual gifts evident in a church may or may not make a great church. A case in point is the church in Corinth. Paul talked a lot about its many spiritual gifts but it had many serious problems.

Point 2
Every Christian has at least one gift - not one is without. The list of gifts as laid out by Paul (1 Cor 12:8-10; Rom 12:6-8; 1 Cor 12:28; Eph 4:11) is not extensive. As such there can be more than what Paul mentioned. Moreover, the gifts that we have may not have to be spectacular. Amongst the more mundane ones Paul listed are like giving, service, acts of mercy and administration.

Point 3
All our gifts are for the common good and not for personal benefit. These gifts are tools that are given to us so that the church can be built. We need to always ask ourselves if we are indeed playing our part in the church, and not blaming the pastor or church leaders when things are not happening, or when things go wrong.

Point 4
We do not choose our gift, it is God who determines it. But we need to pray and ask God for it, and whilst waiting, we take opportunties to serve and in doing so may discover our gifts. And when we discover them, we are to hone it to perfection.


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