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North Chester Baptist Church

The Gifts

  • God has supplied His Church with all the necessary Spiritual Gifts to serve Him effectively & honorably. (effective meaning “getting it done”, and honorably meaning “doing it right” or pleasing God)

 

What a shame for a church to waste the gifts that God had given them. You are the church. God has gifted you! You are the Gifted!!!

 

 

Romans 12

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  1. A Sacrifice Required Vs 1-5
    1. Because of His “mercies” (the Rescuer has come) Vs 1a
      1. How are we brethren? by the mercies of God! By the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
      2. How great to be part of a family of believers. (“Household of Faith”, Galatians 6:10)
      3. Because we have experienced the saving mercy and grace of Jesus Christ let us GIVE Him what is rightfully His. — YOU! 
        • 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price:therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
    2. So Be that living sacrifice Vs 1b
    3. It is your reasonable service. Vs 1c-5
      1. If you want to Serve God this is what is required. Give Him Yourself.
      2. Cash in on the promise of verse 2. Know His will for you.
    4. It makes you part of the Team (Body) Vs 4-5 (Tigers and Cardinals, if all members of the team play their positions well they would succeed)
  2. The Skills Received Vs 6-8
    1. The skills necessary were received when you were saved! “Through the Grace that IS given to us” Vs 6a
    2. They are skills given to the Body of Christ to fulfill God’s will.
      1. Prophecy — Delivering God’s message
        • In the early transitional stage of the church it was a message from God regarding future events. (Agabus, foretold of drought in Jerusalem, foretold of Paul’s arrest ) 
        • What was missing in the early days of the church was the completed New Testament Scriptures.
        • The prophets message was sometimes a fore telling but it was all ways a forth telling. Bringing forth God’s message.
          • A gift for North Chester Baptist: Preaching is still Delivering God’s message, but now it is solely from God’s Book.
      2. Ministry — Service of all kinds
        • This is truly the epitome of “our reasonable service” It is following in the steps of Jesus and being a servant.
        • 42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. 43 But so shall it not be among you:but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. 45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. Mark 10:42-45 
          • A gift for North Chester Baptist: Servants. People who are willing to roll up their sleeves and the the little things. The dirty jobs, the thankless jobs. The behind the scene jobs. It is a way of life. It is your gift.
      3. Teaching — Taking God’s Word, studying it, and then teaching it to other people, or children. 
        • This gift is listed high on every list of gifts in the Bible. This along with 
        • I cannot think of a better service to a church than teaching God’s Word.
          • A gift for North Chester Baptist: Servants willing to study and work in the Scriptures to then teach someone else. (2 Timothy 2:2)
      4. Exhorting — Taking God’s truth and using it to stir us up in our hearts, by making the application. Making it practical and showing how to work it out in everyday living. (fire poker
        • Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 2 Timothy 4:2
          • A gift for North Chester Baptist: Servants who come to the pulpit, give testimony in a public meeting, or standing beside you in the parking lot stir you up.
      5. Giving — The work of God extended by our giving. (yep money!)
        • With simplicity, straightforward giving. Giving without expecting something. Giving without seeking to control everything. It is giving for God’s glory not ours. (Ananias and Sapphirah)
        • Don’t be fooled into thinking that this gift is only given to those who have great wealth. The widow gave her mite and was rewarded. 
          • A gift for North Chester Baptist: People willing to pay the tithe to the storehouse, and sometimes as need be, giving above. Praise God for recent monetary gifts that have come in for the furnace projects.
      6. Ruling — These are leaders in the church raised up to guide the work of God in a way that is wise and fruitful. 
        • Those gifted this way would typically fill the roles of Pastor or Deacon. 
        • “And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…”1 Chronicles 12:32
          • A gift for North Chester Baptist: People with the wisdom and vision to see what needs to be done and how it should be done.
      7. Mercy — Those who have to special gift of going after those in distress and showing them the kindness of God.
        • David exemplified this gift when he went after Mephibosheth in 2 Samuel 9.
        • This is the Good Samaritan gift. Luke 10
        • Those gifted in this way would do well in the Outreach Ministry. (Tell about Tuesday night) People need to see “cheerful” believers!
          • A gift for North Chester Baptist: People who are filled with the joy of the Lord, and have sympathy for hurting people. Visiting the sick, helping the hurting, taking someone to the hospital for an appointment.
  3. Service Rendered Vs 9-21
    1. Serving the Lord Vs 11
    2. People are helped Vs 6-8
    3. Enemies are converted Vs 14-20
      1. Vs 20 - Either they will be melted into repentance, or their hatred will seem so foolish in the face of your kindness.
    4. Evil will be overcome Vs 21

 

 

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