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1 Corinthians 12:7

1 Corinthians 12:7

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I. To each person the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the benefit of all

II. Four places the gifts are listed: Romans 12:3-8, 1 Corinthians 12:8-10; 28-30; and Ephesians 4:11

1. All four passages are not prescriptions for Christians but corrections from misuse/abuse
2. The gifts listed in these passages are not exhaustive (the gifts listed in those passages are just a few in the myriads of spiritual gifts)

3. Of these four passages, Ephesians 4:11 is the latest

(a) Temporary
(b) Permanent (you should be eager for the greater gifts 12:31)

III. The Holy Spirit is the Giver of spiritual gifts (no gift can be snatched from the Holy Spirit)

1. One must not equate natural gifts with spiritual gifts (providential gifts: both believers and non-believers)
2. Having an ability does not in itself constitute having a spiritual gift
3. The Holy Spirit may use even providential gifts for His purposes (enhance, sharpen, etc.) Bezelial and Oholiab are two examples
4. To do supernatural tasks, one needs to have supernatural gifts

IV. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are those spiritual abilities the Holy Spirit gives to believers for “the common good” of the church

1. The spiritual gift is a calling to perform a task within the church (so that the church will not be merely an organization that is run by some professionals)
2. The primary purpose of spiritual gift is not “talent” but “task”
3. It is to serve the body of Christ, which is the Church
4. The tasks need not remain constant (needs of the church changes and the Holy Spirit gifts the church according to the changing needs of the church)
5. Gifts are not for the benefit of one’s own gratification (see the body metaphor) Romans 12:4, 1 Peter 4:10, 1 Corinthians 14:12
6. The Holy Spirit bestows gifts according to His will, and believers do not demand it (1 Corinthians 12:11 It is one and the same Spirit, distributing as he decides to each person, who produces all these things)
7. Proper and consistent use of the gifts brings growth and maturity (cf. Ephesians 4:11-12)
8. To what task is the church calling me? (are you available? The biggest problem in the church is the division between clergies and laities. The later hires the former)

V. About the Crossroad Church

1. We believe that our church must operate on the gifts of the Holy Spirit (avoid too much reliance on professional ministers. No difference between clergies and laities!)

2. We lean towards the permanent gifts of the Holy Spirit (pastor-elders, administration, teaching and preaching, general service, giving, etc.,)
(a) As good stewards of God’s possession
(b) In complete conformity to the Scriptural guidelines and boundaries
(c) Under the guidance and supervision of the elders of the local church
(d) For the benefit of the common good

3. With regard to the tongue speaking, we take Apostle Paul’s view (1 Corinthians 12, 14)

(a) That we do not actively encourage nor practice corporately
(b) That no believer imposes tongue speaking on other believers in a corporate setting
(c) If anyone insists to speak in tongues, they may choose to do it in their personal prayer setting
(d) For the Crossroad Church, tongue speaking is not a major or minor doctrine

4. The Crossroad Church is 100% led by the Holy Spirit

5. Now with regard to the term “anointing”:

6. Fruit of the Spirit is different from the gifts of the Spirit

(a) Fruit happens when an individual or a local body yield consistently to the leadership of the Holy Spirit
(b) Fruit points to one’s depth in his/her walk with the Lord
(c) One’s spiritual gifts need not produce spiritual fruits
(d) One can be spiritually gifted, but at the same time, be spiritually fruitless
(e) One must guard against gift leading him/her to spiritual pride

VI. Take Away

1. Identify your spiritual gift, and use it for the benefit of this church

(a) You do not have the authority to control or regulate
(b) It/they need to be used for the life and ministry of our church

VII. List of the gifts (the list is not limited to just these three passages; these are samples)

Romans 12:6-9: prophecy (inspired disclosure of God’s will), service (such as hospitality, maintenance, cleaning etc.,), teaching, encouraging, giving, leadership, and showing mercy

1 Corinthians 12:7-11: message of wisdom, message of knowledge, faith, healing, prophecy, speaking in known languages (glossa), interpretation/translation of languages

Ephesians 4:11: apostles (presently, the NT), prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers.

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at wjsubash@crossroadbangalore.org