What We Are
I Corinthians 12:12-31
Christâ€™s Spirit has made each one of us a part of His body and God has given each one of us a special gift/function that is important for all the body.
1. As a human body has diverse parts which form one unit, so it is with Christâ€™s body: we are diverse members with different gifts but we are one. (verses 12-20)
We belong to each other!
2. God has arranged the parts in our body just as He wants them and we need each other and each otherâ€™s gifts!
I Corinthians 12:18-21
We cannot say â€˜I donâ€™t need you!â€™
*We donâ€™t believe that we need each otherâ€™s gifts.
3. What are spiritual gifts?
I Corinthians 12:1-11
The â€˜manifestation of the Spiritâ€™ (v. 7) = the visible working of the invisible Spirit.
Spiritual gifts (â€˜charismataâ€™= Grace Gifts) are the special, unique way(s) that Jesusâ€™ grace comes out of us for others.
I Peter 4:10-11
The Lord gives us gifts uniquely through our personality and passion. The Holy Spirit works through each of us to accomplish His particular ministry (giving Jesusâ€™ grace) so that the body of Christ will be built up and strengthened.