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 4:6-13 “Not Prideful, but Humble”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Jan. 23rd.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as a listening guide each week. 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 our Worship Guides, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

1 Corinthians 4:6–13

[6] I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another. [7] For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?

[8] Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! Without us you have become kings! And would that you did reign, so that we might share the rule with you! [9] For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men. [10] We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. [11] To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless, [12] and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; [13] when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things. (ESV)

INTRO

  • We learn from the text that the Corinthian church had a pride issue
  • Pride – a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements.
  • There is nothing wrong with confidence or self-assurance.
  • Yet, if we begin to put more focus on us and others…rather than Christ… it is a problem.
  • The church/believers were boasting in their wisdom, talents and positions.
  • LOOK AT US… LOOK WHAT WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED
  • They were boasting in men rather than God.
  • We need to strive for humility so that we do not fall prey to the same sin.
  • Once we consider the WORD… who can boast?

Once we embrace the example of Christ… WHO CAN BOAST?

Phil. 2:6-8 – He humbled Himself

Matt. 11:29 – Gentle and humble in heart

Once we understand the gifting of the Spirit… WHO CAN BOAST?

The Church is made up of redeemed people that working together as a body and family.

  • We are individually called and uniquely gifted Rom 12:3-8
  • To Reach people with the Gospel
  • To Build up one another IN the Gospel

I have applied all these things – v. 6

  • Farmer – Working the fields for harvest
  • Building – Together with Christ as foundation
  • Servants – Under-rowers
  • Stewards – Managers of God’s gits

We are different by design – Working together – FOR THE SAME PURPOSE. FULFILLING THE GREAT COMMISSION

Once we evaluate our heart… WHO CAN BOAST?

Three Questions to ask – v. 7

For who sees anything different in you?

  • Do we consider ourselves as superior

What do you have that you did not receive?

  • Everything we have was given to us.
  • God has given us everything

If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?

  • We boast as if we created… rather than received.

Three (sarcastic) Statements to consider – v. 8

  • You have all you want!
  • You have become rich!
  • You have become kings!

THE KEY… THEY HAVE OBTAINED SUCH THINGS… BECAUSE OF THEM…

Once we consider the meaning of the cross… WHO CAN BOAST?

The apostles… as men sentenced to Death

  • They are a picture of the sufferings of Christ

JUST AS CHRIST WAS TREATED!!!!!

A spectacle to the world

  • Treated lowly and on display
  • Slave in the coliseum

A nobody to the world

  • Fools, weak, dishonorable

A sufferer to the world

  • Hungry, poorly dressed, buffeted, homeless, laboring, reviled, persecuted, slandered

Worthless to the world

  • Scum. Dirt, Nothing

Therefore, we are humble and not prideful

We are Fools for Christ’s sake

We are Wise in Christ

  • We labor
  • We bless
  • We endure
  • We entreat