Wreck it Ralph

  Susan Behrens   Feb 26, 2017     Comments Off on Wreck it Ralph

February 26, 2017

Bible Text: I Corinthians 12 |

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Today we'll study spiritual gifts.  Tons of ink has been spilled making the case that spiritual gifts are the same as natural talents OR that spiritual gifts are not the same as natural talents.  Lutherans typically come down in the middle of this divide:  God gives both natural talents (to believers and unbelievers) and spiritual gifts (to believers); there is some uniqueness to each, and some overlap.  In any case, let's dive in:
Read I Corinthians 12:4-11

List the various gifts of the Spirit, and do your best to briefly define each of them as you understand them:

Should all Christians desire to have the same gifts?  Why or why not?
Read Romans 12:4-8

List the various gifts of the Spirit mentioned here that haven't been mentioned before, and do your best to briefly define each of them as you understand them:
Read Ephesians 4:3-7, 11-13

List the various gifts of the Spirit mentioned here that haven't been mentioned before, and do your best to briefly define each of them as you understand them:

In this list in Ephesians, Paul focuses on various leadership gifts.  What is their purpose?
Read I Peter 4:9-11

List the various gifts of the Spirit mentioned here that haven't been mentioned before, and do your best to briefly define each of them as you understand them:

Why are the gifts given?

The general sense of things as the Bible talks of Spiritual gifts is that this list you've now created is not an exhaustive list.  The Spirit gives gifts as the Church needs them (and does not give gifts in other places / ages as the Church no longer needs them).  Are there other gifts that the Church might need today, that God's Spirit might give today, that were not needed or given in the 1st Century?  What might they be?
Bill Gothard suggested that individuals react to given situations in the light of their gifts. If a waitress spills someone’s meal all over the restaurant floor and a group of Christians are sitting nearby, each individual will react in accordance with this spiritual gift. The gift of mercy responds by concentrating on cleaning up the mess, the gift of giving offers to pay for another meal, the gift of exhortation seeks to cheer up the waitress. The gift of administration delegates and organizes the whole matter to avoid confusion. The gift of teaching suggests some ways to avoid a recurrence of the problem. Your spiritual gift makes you sensitive to certain needs that others may not perceive.
What gifts do you believe you may have?
Check out II Timothy 1:6 & 4:5

Timothy is to "fan into flame" the spiritual gift that he has.  What does this mean, and how can we apply this practically to our lives, with our spiritual gifts?

Paul tells Timothy to "do the work of an evangelist".  The presumption here is that evangelism is not a gift that Timothy has.  Yet this does not then exempt him from sharing the gospel; rather for Timothy it is 'work', because it is harder for him than for others who 'have the gift'.  How can we apply this practically to our lives?

Close by reading I Corinthians 13:1-7.  It might be familiar, but now you will see the original context in which Paul wrote those words.  What is Paul's point, and how do we apply it to today's topic ?

 

NOTE:  I like a lot of what's said in this article, so for further thought and discussion, you might want to read https://bible.org/seriespage/6-spiritual-gifts-1-corinthians-121-11

 

 

 

 

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