Spiritual Gifts

Related: New Testament Apostles and Prophets; Servanthood   Introduction. Christians have been given special gifts to aid us in our service for the Lord, and to benefit the whole body of Christ. These spiritual gifts are special abilities given to a believer to aid in the service of the Lord. These abilities are supernatural, although they do not always appear to be "miraculous" in the conventional sense of the word. Spiritual gifts are "spiritual", in that they do not come from […]
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Ephesians 4:1-16

Bk Sec Outline Sec Bk   1st Sphere: Walking Worthy in the Assembly: Gifts & their Purposes Ephesians 4:1-16   Walking Worthy. In v.1 Paul exhorts the Ephesians to walk worthy of the position, the hopes, and the relationships into which we have been called. There are three spheres that we need to “walk worthy” in, and they are taken up successively in the remaining chapters of the epistle: in the assembly (Eph. 4:1-16), in the Christian testimony (Eph. 4:17 – 5:21), and in our […]

Spiritual Gifts

Related: New Testament Apostles and Prophets; Servanthood   Introduction. Christians have been given special gifts to aid us in our service for the Lord, and to benefit the whole body of Christ. These spiritual gifts are special abilities given to a believer to aid in the service of the Lord. These abilities are supernatural, although they do not always appear to be “miraculous” in the conventional sense of the word. Spiritual gifts are “spiritual”, in that they do not come from […]

Romans 12

Bk Sec Outline Sec Bk   Spiritual Conduct that Flows from Appreciating Our Full Salvation Romans 12     Devotion & Separation: To God as “Living Sacrifices” (12:1-2) vv.1-2 These verses give us a moral progression that leads to living out, or “realizing”, the Lord’s will in our lives! It is the connection between enjoying the doctrine and putting it into practice. Often we want to skip steps in the progression, but this is how God intended it. The progression goes as follows:   Appreciation (11:33-36) → Dedication (12:1) […]

1 Corinthians 12

Bk Sec Outline Sec Bk   The Nature and Use of Gifts in the Assembly 1 Corinthians 12 – 14   1 Corinthians 12 – 14. In these three chapters of the epistle, Paul takes up the exercise of gift in the assembly, and the principles that ought to regulate it. It is a continuation, in a sense, of ch.11 where the assembly meeting for the Lord’s supper was taken up. Only in ch.11 it has to do more with priesthood, and ch.12-14 have to do […]

1 Corinthians 13

Bk Sec Outline Sec Bk   Divine Love: the Motive for the Exercise of Gifts 1 Corinthians 13   1 Corinthians 13. This chapter brings before us the activity of divine love in the exercise of gift. It is the perfect sequel to ch.12, where the gifts, their unity and diversity are explained. The “more excellent way” mentioned at the end of ch.12 is fully explained in ch.13. Love is the great motive for Christian service. We read in Galatians 5:6 that faith “works by love”. We read […]

1 Corinthians 14

Bk Sec Outline Sec Bk   The Exercise of Gift in the Assembly 1 Corinthians 14   1 Corinthians 14. Having taken up the subject of divine love in a parenthesis (ch.13), Paul now returns to the subject of gift, more specifically gift in exercise in the local assembly meetings. Often “the assembly” is mentioned, and the term “in assembly” is used, referring to official gatherings of the local assembly. This chapter is the single greatest resource we have regarding the order of assembly meetings. Christendom […]