1 Corinthians 12:11-31 “Spiritual Gifts” part 4

1 Corinthians 12:11-31 – We are the Body

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Aug 14th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

INTRO

  • The importance of the gifts in relationship to the church
  • We are gifted to be PART OF THE BODY
  • To be part of the church is to be part of the BODY OF CHRIST
  • Not focusing on the gifts but the purpose of them.
  • The purpose of the gifts.  glorify God and build up the body… the local church is key to this being lived out

We are One Body – vv. 12-13

For as the body is one… many parts – All the members… one body – v. 12

  • Human body
  • Very complex, but one

Baptized into the body – Drink from one Spirit – v. 13

  • Spiritual… SUPERNATURAL
  • OUR CONVERSION
  • Same Spirit saves
  • Same Spirit fills
  • All have… the same

Jews Greeks. Slaves and Free – v. 13

  • Across the spectrum of society
  • Everyone and anyone

We are Many Members – vv. 14-20

Not one… but many – v. 14

  • Not individual but corporate
  • Our serving our singing… everything.

God arranged the members – v. 18

  • Different by design.

Each one as He chose – v. 18

  • Designing and building

Many parts, yet one body – v. 20

  • Our Church body… our human body
  • The Church, THE CHURCH

We are Dependent on One Another – vv. 21-31

Cannot say I have no need of you – v.21

  • Our value. Importance
  • The necessity of every member of the body

God composed the body – v.24

  • Mix together, intermingle, temper together

No division in the body – v.25

  • All together
  • Same reason, purpose, goals, and vision (Macro and Micro)
  • SO THAT… Members have the same care for one another

God has appointed – v.28

  • Divinely places

Concluding Thoughts

These verses teach us the importance of the local church

  • SO important to be part
  • Unique (the individual people), yet special (Christ’s Church)

Church is not about just finding a place to “worship”

  • Just attending for the worship (singing and preaching)
  • It is about becoming a “member of the body”

God saves us and places us

  • We are saved to serve within a church
  • This is God’s ordained plan

Using our gifts is much bigger than just holding a church position or checking a box on a spiritual gift survey

  • The Christian life is about serving one another from natural out flow of a spirt-filled life
  • Doing church life together
  • Start small then work out
  • one on one, one on some, one on many
  • Evangelism, Discipleship, Encouragement, and Care

Nehemiah 6:1-14 “The Attack on Spiritual Leadership”

My sermon notes for Wednesday night, Aug 10th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Wednesday at 6:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube. You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

Nehemiah 6:1-14

INTRO

  • Remember….Opposition is out there.
  • From the outside and from the inside
  • This passage… opposition toward the leadership.
  • The devil will focus on the leaders of the home and the church
  • We see the opposition and we see the way to overcome.

The Strategy of the Enemy

Entering into False Alliances– vv. 1-4

  • Joining with the enemy
  • Cooperation
  • Come together… unity, but at what cost
  • Ultimate end was the harm of Nehemiah

Believing the Lies and Threats – vv. 5-9

  • Lies, False charges
  • Stirring up fear

Compromising truth – vv. 10-15

  • Prophet from within
  • Hid in the temple
  • Trust me…disobey the Word of God

Same tactics for us today

  • Spiritual and Moral compromise
  • 1 Cor. 10:12Take heed lest he fall.

The Strategy of the Leader

Nehemiah shows great discernment and courage.  How?  What was so unique about Nehemiah that allowed Him to stand fast?

He was a man of devotion and prayervv. 9 & 14

  • Seeking God
  • Trusting the God
  • Obeying God
  • ENJOYING OUR WALK WITH GOD MORE THAT WE LIKE LEADING!!!!

He stayed the course with his mission

  • What he was there for
  • Stay focused on the most important
  • Knew His purpose

He trusted God

  • God’s care, provision, and rule over His people (over all creation)
  • He knew God had called Him
    • Go to the city and build the wall
    • What God has started… God would compete
    • Easy to trust when things go well….
  • Verse 11 – Should such a man as I run away?

1 Corinthians 12:8-11 – “Spiritual Gifts” part 3

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Aug 7th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

1 Corinthians 12:8–11

Intro

  • This section expands further v. 4 – The variety of gifts.
  • Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11
  • Varieties – “allotments, distributions.
    • Distributed in many forms
  • There are a variety of gifts and ministries…yet a common reason
  • Glorify God and Build up the Church
    • v. 7To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
    • Make disciples
      • Evangelize
      • Teach
      • Model

The Gifts of the Spirit – Thomas Schreiner

Chart of Spiritual Gifts

Spiritual Gifts lists – A helpful (very basic) article

EACH BELIEVER IS GIFTED – v. 8a

FOR TO ONE IS GIVEN.

  • Each born again believer
  • The context… within the body of Christ
  1. Gifts are given to every believer upon conversion. (Filled & Gifted by the Spirit)
  2. Gifts flow out of a faithful walk with the Lord (Obedient, Serving)
  3. Gifts are discerned and developed through service and use.

Finding your Gifts

  • What do you enjoy doing? (Your passions)
  • What have you seen God bless?
  • What opportunities have you been given?

They are supernaturally given by the Spirit (given and empowered)

  • Through
  • According to
  • By the same

GOD HAS ORDAINED A VARIETY OF GIFTS – v. 8b-10

Focus is VARIETIES… not the gifts themselves.

  • We either ignore or are infatuated on them

Category of Gifts

  • Permanent – Temporary (Sign Gifts)
  • Speaking – Serving (1 Peter 4:10-11)

THOUGHTS:

  • The lists are not exhaustive
  • Do not over think it… “trying to find our particular gift”
  • I hold fast to the temporary and permanent due to my understanding of the truthfulness and sufficiency of God’s Word.
  • Allow Scripture to dictate the usage of gifts.

I believe the following speaking gifts were temporary (for the early Church), even though we can see how the characteristics of some these gifts are part of church life today.

  • Utterance of wisdom
  • Utterance of knowledge
  • Prophecy
  • Ability to distinguish between spirits

Permanent Serving

  • Faith
    • All believers have saving faith
    • The gift of a deep trust in the promises of God
    • A strong confidence in God
    • Stands strong… brings together the body… BOLD FAITH

Temporary Sign Gifts

  • Gifts of healing (biblical healings…not tv preachers)
  • Working of miracles (Supernatural miracles)
  • Tongues (Chap 14)
  • Interpretation of tongues (Chap 14)

GOD IS THE FOCUS OF OUR GIFTS (not us or the gift)– v. 11

All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills

AS HE WILLS! For HIS GLORY AND FOR OUR GOOD!

Nehemiah 5:1-19 – “Opposition from within”

Nehemiah 5:1-19

INTRO

  • Chapter 4 – opposition from the outside
  • Chapter 5  – opposition from within
  • Dealing with internal conflict
  • Expect it (we live in a fallen world
  • Prepare for it
  • Deal with it rightly (biblically, in fear of God)
  • Nehemiah again gives a great lesson in leadership

The Outcry of the People – vv. 1-5

There was an outcry of the people.

  • They were in need of food
  • They had mortgaged their property
  • Bartered their own children.

The problem was from within

  • It was not done by the enemy, but by fellow Jews
  • They should have been doing all that was possible to help each other.

They were taking advantage of one another.

  • High interest
  • Looking out only for themselves
  • Selfish and Greedy

Nehemiah’s Solution – vv. 6-11

NOT BE RIGHT…. BUT GET IT RIGHT!

He was upset – v. 6

  • Burdened, Righteous Anger

He sought the truth – v. 7

  • Prayed
  • Pondered

Spoke Plainly

  • Biblical communication – Matt. 18:15-20
  • Speak the truth in love – Eph. 4:15
  • Deal with the issues at hand

Focused on the Lord

  • Their sin is against a holy God
  • It impacted their walk
  • It impacted their witness

Provided the solution

  • Repent
    • Recognize the sin
    • Turn from the sin
    • Live differently

Nehemiah’s Example – vv. 14-17

His preaching matched his living

  • His money
  • His stuff
  • His work
    • Diligent
    • Disciplined

They were greedy… Nehemiah was a giver – v. 14

  • Took care of 150 men – vv. 17-18
  • NOT ME… BUT OTHERS

He did all to please God – v. 19

1 Corinthians 12:4-7 “Spiritual Gifts” part 2

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, July 31st.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

1 Corinthians 12:4-7

INTRO

  • Now concerning Spiritual gifts. v. 1
  • The source of our gifts
  • The power of our gifts
  • The purpose of our gifts
  • The results of our gifts
  • Key words: Diversity, Unity, and Maturity
  • Varieties – “allotments, distributions.
    • Distributed in many forms
  • There are a variety of gifts and ministries…yet one reason we are given these gifts.
  • Glorify God and Build up His Church

GOD GIVES UNIQUE GIFTS TO EACH BELIEVER

Gifts – “gift of grace”

  • Gifted to equip
  • Gifted from God to build up others

List of Spiritual Gifts1 Cor. 12:8-10, Romans 12:6-8, 1 Peter 4:11

  • Not meant to be an exhaustive list
  • 1 Peter 4: 11 – “Speaking and Serving” are the 2 main categories
  • Gifts are like a fingerprint… each one is different
  • Each gift/person is unique

THESE GIFTS ENABLE US TO SERVE/MINISTER

Service – ministries, servants

  • The doing of the Christian life
  • The doing of the Church
  • Gifts are the tools of ministry

We are gifted SO THAT we can change the world with Gospel. OUR PURPOSE!

  • within the body of Christ. THE CHURCH
  • and IMPACT THE WORLD.
  • The basis of our everyday life

Mark 10:45 – JESUS… Not to be served, but to serve.

  • Christian life is not about receiving
  • It is about giving

Matt. 28:18-20

  • I am with you
  • v. 6but the same Lord

EACH GIFT ACCOMPLISHES ITS DIVINE PURPOSE

Activities – “worked out, energized”

  • The impact/results of using the gifts
  • Gifts are given supernaturally and they are empowered supernaturally.

God empowers them ALL in EVERYONE

  • God sovereignly empowers each one.
  • God sovereignly empowers the results of these gifts

The emphasis on the Trinity

  • Different gifts, service, and activities but it is God that is doing and causing the work
  • Philippians 2:12–13 – [12] Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, [13] for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (ESV)
  • The gifts are from God
  • The administering the gifts are from God
  • The energy and power to use the gifts are from God
  • The impact of the gifts is from God

Manifestation of the Spirit

  • Make known, clear, evident
  • SHOWING THE SPIRIT

For the common good

  • Bring together
  • Mutually beneficial

Ephesians 4:10–12 – [10] He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) [11] And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, [12] to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, (ESV)

1 Corinthians 12:1-3 “Spiritual Gifts” part 1

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, July 24th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.


1 Corinthians 12:1–3

INTRO THOUGHTS

No one can doubt that God is still in the MIRACLE business.  The question for us today is what role the Miraculous Gifts have in the church today.

Two major schools of thought in regard to the miraculous gifts in the church today.

Continuationism (Pentecostal/Charismatic)

  • God continues to give miraculous spiritual gifts to the church

Cessationism

  • God has ceased to give miraculous spiritual gifts to the church

As with most things:

  • People within the church have different views
  • People camp out in the extremes
  • Bible believing Christians can have a difference of opinion.

Where I have problems within the continuationism movement:

  • Teaching that a person must speak in tongues to be a spirit-filled Christian.
  • Worship that is not orderly 14:26-40
  • It is God’s will for people to be wealthy, healthy, and prosperous.
  • Leans more to experience and emotion.
    • Scripture plus my I have experienced.

Today is an introductory sermon as we consider the next several passages.  We will utilize these 3 verses to lay a foundation for us to build upon.

Believers can be saved yet live unwisely

  • Now concerning spiritual gifts, brother
  • They may have not been acting properly, but he considered them believers.
  • We need to take our “living” the Christian life very seriously.
  • Daily growing and changing… MATURING

Believers need to consider what they believe

I do not want you to be uniformed

We are indwelt with the Spirit at conversion

  • Romans 5:1-5
  • Romans 8:1-9
  • 1 Cor. 3:16

We are filled with the Spirit as we mature in our spiritual life

  • Yield to what is there
  • Not a new work
  • Ephesians 5:18

Believers should pursue truth

When you were pagans

  • Unconverted
    • Eph 2:2 – Once were

Led astray

  • Of the devil
    • Follow untruth. A lie

Test the Spirits

  • 1 Thess 5:16-22
  • 1 John 4:1
  • Rev. 2:1-2

One of the issues I see today is “self-authenticating”

  • I know what I have experienced
  • Emotions and Experiences rule the day
  • My feelings over facts, truth, the Bible

The Truth is crucial

  • Acknowledgement of Jesus Christ
  • Truth of the Gospel
  • NOT JUST JESUS, BUT THE BIBLICAL JESUS
  • ALL OF SCRIPTURE

NO ONE CAN SAY – JESUS IS LORD

Apart from the Spirts work… We are dead in our trespasses and sin. People do what they do because of who they are and who they follow. It is only by the Spirit of God that our minds and hearts are transformed.

  • Knowing Him
    • Our Conversion
  • Growing in the Spirit
    • Our sanctification.
    • Word, Prayer, Worship, Sharing, Serving

Nehemiah 4 – “Responding to Opposition”

My sermon notes for Wednesday night, July 20th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Wednesday at 6:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube. You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

Nehemiah 4:1-23

Opposition is coming

  • It is normal (because of who we are)
  • Expect it
  • Prepare for it

Matthew 5:10-12 – “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (ESV)

The Tactics of the Enemy

They ridiculed – vv. 1-6

  • Feeble Jews
  • 1 Cor 1:18-31

They intimidated and threatened – vv. 7-9

  • Psalm 2:1-2
  • The Apostles and the early church – Acts 4

The Response of God’s People

Nehemiah responded (Godly leaders pray and plan)

There is a practical plan: WHAT WE CAN DO

  • Posted guards – v. 9
  • Armed the people – v. 13
  • Arranged them into family groups – v. 13
  • Kept working (even harder) – v.21

There is a spiritual plan: WHAT GOD DOES

  • Pray – v. 9
  • Remember the mission – v. 14
  • Trust God – v. 20

Conclusion

  • 1 John 5:3–5 – For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (ESV)
  • Acts 4:31-37 – Whatever it takes attitude

1 Corinthians 11:17-34 – “When you come together”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, July 17th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

1 Corinthians 11:18-34

INTRO

  • Paul continues the discussion of “orderly worship”
  • vv. 17-34 he is teaching on the Lord’s Supper
  • They were coming together to observe the Lord’s Supper
  • They were coming together… but not for the right reasons.
  • January 31, 2022 Message on this text
  • We need to learn how important it is WHY we come together.

Come together for the better of others – vv. 18-22

because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse

  • Does more harm than good
  • When we gather we should build one another up
  • Church is not just about us… it is about others also
  • We have turned church attendance about us

Paul knew the church was divided. (not together)

  • They were thinking about themselves
  • Individuals or united?

Eph 4:1-6 – We need to be unified

  • In our calling
  • In our relationships
  • In the Gospel
    • Spirit
    • Son
    • Father
Ephesians 4:1–6 - [1] I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, [2] with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, [3] eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. [4] There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—[5] one Lord, one faith, one baptism, [6] one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (ESV)

Remember… We call it CORPORATE WORSHIP

  • unified bodies of individuals

Come together for the sake of the Gospel – vv. 23-26

The Body

  • The sacrifice paid for us

The Blood

  • The forgiveness of our sin

Come together for the good of your heart – vv. 27-34

Eats and Drinks in an unworthy manner

  • Unworthy when we come together
  • We come to remember His sacrifice, yet we are not willing to do the same
  • Hypocritical worship
    • Our attitude
    • Our actions

Examine yourself

  • Look within (our heart)
  • Our assurance
  • Our sanctification

Disciplined

  • Gets us back to where we need to be
  • Our attitude and action
  • Consider it Divine Mercy