Scripture Passage: 1 Corinthians 12:1-30
“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers… To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good (1Co.1, 7).”
The Corinthian church didn’t understand the purpose or nature of their spiritual gifts. They had allowed their culture to creep in and corrupt their view of the church. Sometimes we are like the Corinthian church. Pastor Steve Jones suggested the Apostle Paul might tell us that…
• The church is not a country club for our pleasure.
• The church is not a concert to entertain us.
• The church is not a class just to educate us for our head knowledge.
The Apostle Paul told the Corinthian church that the Holy Spirit had given each of them different gifts that were to be used to edify one another and do the work of ministry. Paul used the analogy of the human body; different parts for different functions, but part of the one body.
Consider the following truths from the Scripture:
• Unity in the Giver — each of us are united in the Body of Christ, and as such a part of a bigger picture of what Christ through His Holy Spirit is doing at Kingsland.
• Unity in the purpose — We are called to identify our spiritual gift, and be faithful to use our gift for God’s glory.
• The chapter ends with the Apostle Paul telling the church there is a more excellent way — and that is to express our gift(s) through love.
Response to God’s Word:
• Share with those around you what you understand is your spiritual gift(s).
• Share what you are doing or can do to use that gift in a loving manner for God’s glory.
Remember: “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” And, all parts are equally important!