Gregory Magruder        Parkview Baptist     Gainesville, FL      06/09/19
“The Gift-Giver"
1 Corinthians 12:1-31
INTRODUCTION: This is Pentecost Sunday. Jesus told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem and receive power from on high. Then Jesus was taken up into heaven (Acts 1:1-10). Pentecost marks the outpouring of the Holy Spirit 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus. He has poured out his Holy Spirit on us to establish his church and live within us. The Holy Spirit wants to launch you and me on an adventure to become all God intended us to be. Therefore, the Holy Spirit empowers us for service (Acts 1:8) and distributes gifts to the church for ministry (1 Cor. 12). God uniquely gifts every Christian and every church for the mission he wants them to complete in the world. The Holy Spirit is the giver of those gifts. We discover this in 1 Corinthians 12:1-31.
*Spiritual gifts are for believers. Now concerning spiritual gifts…no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit… For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body…and all were made to drink of one Spirit (1-3, 13). You must be saved before you are gifted: And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized…in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).
*These gifts are spiritual in nature. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good (7).
*They are given by the Triune God. It is “the same Spirit…the same Lord…the same God who empowers them all in everyone” (4-6).
*The Spirit determines your gift. The Spirit “apportions to each one individually as he wills” (11). Note that verses 7-11 say “to one is given…to another.” You are responsible for your personal gift.
*The Spirit gives the gifts at the point of salvation: “all were made to drink of one Spirit” (13). Your gift is unique to you: For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:8-10).
God saves you for service.
*Your individual gift belongs to the community of believers. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ (12). There are many gifts with different purposes (14-17).
*God decides which gifts you receive and what part you have in the body of Christ. God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose (18).
*You are part of a team. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body (19-20). The parts do not function alone (21-24).
*We need each other’s support. But God has so composed the body…that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another…Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it (24-27).
*Spiritual gifts operate best through the church. Gifts are designed for service. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues (28).
*Gifts are used in a variety of ministries. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? (29-30).
*All gifts are to be used in the spirit of love. But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way (31).
-Are you a believer? Do you know your spiritual gift? Are you using your gift in the power of the Spirit in a community of believers?
-The Holy Spirit wants to launch you into ministry for the great adventure of discovering why God put you here in this world.