Thursday, March 31, 2011

Gifts to Build With

1 Corinthians 12:6 (NLT)
God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.

- Most important point to remember - Who it is that is at work.

1 Corinthians 12:28 (NLT)
Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church: ...

- This list is not meant to be comprehensive. Basically, I'd say each person's spiritual gifts are the things they most love doing, when done in service, building up the body of Christ. This might manifest as sweeping floors, or driving a truck or baking cookies. The gifts are gifts from the spirit, but are not limited to "spiritual" or "religious" activities.

1 Corinthians 12:31 (NLT)
So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts. But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all.

- Hang onto your hats! Paul is winding up to deliver one of the most beautiful and profoundly meaningful statements ever written about following Christ and what is involved.

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