Serving Christ and His Church with Spiritual Gifts
Jesus Christ is the head of His body, the church.
Whenever we begin a message on Spiritual gifts, we must remember the example that Jesus Christ gave us in serving.
Matthew 20:28 - “Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
Matthew 23:11 - “The greatest among you shall be your servant.”
Paul begins his practical section in chapter 12 of Romans.
In verses 3-8 he lists several spiritual gifts.
As we begin our discussion on spiritual gifts it's necessary for us to understand the proper attitude, function, and diversity.
Attitude - God's grace and proper self-evaluation.
For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
Function - One body with many members.
For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.
Diversity - Different spiritual gifts.
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.