Sunday Morning 3/4/12

Posted by Sherry

ROMANS 12:6-8
CBC 3/4/2012
Understand we can’t possess “spiritual gifts” w/out a relationship w/ Jesus
  • God’s will for us after salvation is our “SANCTIFICATION”
    • the Gospel is what sanctifies us (apply the Gospel to your life)
    • God is “conforming” us into the image of Christ
1I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.
    2Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].
    3For by the grace (unmerited favor of God) given to me I warn everyone among you not to estimate and think of himself more highly than he ought [not to have an exaggerated opinion of his own importance], but to rate his ability with sober judgment, each according to the degree of faith apportioned by God to him.
    4For as in one physical body we have many parts (organs, members) and all of these parts do not have the same function or use,
    5So we, numerous as we are, are one body in Christ (the Messiah) and individually we are parts one of another [mutually dependent on one another].
    6Having gifts (faculties, talents, qualities) that differ according to the grace given us, let us use them: [He whose gift is] prophecy, [let him prophesy] according to the proportion of his faith;
    7[He whose gift is] practical service, let him give himself to serving; he who teaches, to his teaching;
    8He who exhorts (encourages), to his exhortation; he who contributes, let him do it in simplicity and liberality; he who gives aid and superintends, with zeal and singleness of mind; he who does acts of mercy, with genuine cheerfulness and joyful eagerness.
  • “Having Gifts” - LET US USE THEM
    • 3 passages that give incomplete lists of gifts
    • Romans 12; 1Cor. 12-14; Eph. 4
    • Two Main Categories of Gifts
      • gifts to a Pastor/Teacher
      • gifts of Serving
    • we all are prone to think too highly of ourself
    • spiritual - things characterized or controlled by the Spirit
    • gift- charisma (gifts of grace)
    • service - deacon, service to be performed to God and to the Body, (primary function is for OTHERS, NOT YOU)
    • energizing - divine energy enabling us to do service for God
    • visible displays of service to others
    • summary: God given ability to serve the church effectively
    • Diff. between Sp. Gifts & Gift of the Spirit (salvation)
    • Diff. between Sp. Gifts & Fruit of Spirit (every believer demonstrates)
    • NOT....
    • as our way of being equipped for every good work
      • 2 Tim 3:16 Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God's will in thought, purpose, and action),
      •     17So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.
      • If we don’t stay in the scripture our gift will not MATURE
    • don’t trust in our spiritual gift to save people
      • Rom 1:16For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (good news) of Christ, for it is God's power working unto salvation [for deliverance from eternal death] to everyone who believes with a personal trust and a confident surrender and firm reliance, to the Jew first and also to the Greek,
      •     17For in the Gospel a righteousness which God ascribes is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith [disclosed through the way of faith that arouses to more faith]. As it is written, The man who through faith is just and upright shall live and shall live by faith.
      • ILL: the Gospel saves not our gift
      • Gospel is like a caged Lion. Just let him out of the cage. He doesn’t need you to defend Him or do his work.
      • smallest child can let the lion out of a cage...JUST PULL THE PIN!
    • gift not a mystical way to determine the will of God or receive some new “revelation” from God
      • Heb 1:1 IN MANY separate revelations [[a]each of which set forth a portion of the Truth] and in different ways God spoke of old to [our] forefathers in and by the prophets,
      •     2[But] in [b]the last of these days He has spoken to us in [the person of a] Son, Whom He appointed Heir and lawful Owner of all things, also by and through Whom He created the worlds and the reaches of space and the ages of time [He made, produced, built, operated, and arranged them in order].
      • “Spoke” Aorist tense verb - action has been completed
      • God not giving us new revelation, we can’t keep what we got...
      • When the Holy Spirit of God, sent in the name of Jesus, inspired the last author of scripture, that was it
    • spiritual gifts do not override or supersede God’s revealed Will
      • gift will never contradict God’s Word
      • gift of discernment is not gossip
      • gift of giving is not power and control
      • gift of exhortation (encouraging) not speaking your mind, bashing someone over the head on how they ought to be conducting themselves
      • gift of preaching is not skinning the sheep every Sunday
      • gift not a license to disobey what God’s Word says
    • 7But the end and culmination of all things has now come near; keep sound minded and self-restrained and alert therefore for [the practice of] prayer.
    •     8Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and [a]disregards the offenses of others].(A)
    •     9Practice hospitality to one another (those of the household of faith). [Be hospitable, be a lover of strangers, with brotherly affection for the unknown guests, the foreigners, the poor, and all others who come your way who are of Christ's body.] And [in each instance] do it ungrudgingly (cordially and graciously, without complaining but as representing Him).
    •     10As each of you has received a gift (a particular spiritual talent, a gracious divine endowment), employ it for one another as [befits] good trustees of God's many-sided grace [faithful stewards of the [b]extremely diverse powers and gifts granted to Christians by unmerited favor].
    •     11Whoever speaks, [let him do it as one who utters] oracles of God; whoever renders service, [let him do it] as with the strength which God furnishes [c]abundantly, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ (the Messiah). To Him be the glory and dominion forever and ever (through endless ages). Amen (so be it).
      • covers a multitude of sin
      • gift not a license to point out all the faults of those around you
      • employ it for one another...
      • when you don’t is hurts the entire body
      • ILL: get something in your eye/ finger wants to move up there & get it out/ ARM SAYS, “I A’INT MOVING”......affects the whole body of Christ
      • the church is the body of Christ
      • Christ is the head
      • we are to give glory to the “head”
      • ILL: when someone shows you a picture of a person, they usually include the person’s “head” in the picture....they don’t show you a picture of just a body, or leg or hand & say, “hey, this is my cousin.” The HEAD receives the glory...
      • do every thing we can to give glory to our creator, not our self.
Are you glorifying God through Jesus by the way you are acting?
Are you glorifying God through Jesus by the way you use your spiritual gift?


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