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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS

CHARLES E. WHISNANT, APRIL 21, 2010

ICORINTHIANS 12

INTRODUCTION

1A    THE BODY PRINICPLE OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS

    1B    THE MANIFESTATION OF THE BODY

Jesus Christ in His incarnation, revealed Himself in a human body. Through that body, all the attributes of deity were made manifest and God became visible in human history. Christ is Body 1 and the corporate assembly of believers is Body 2.

Christ wants to leave Himself in the world. He wants us to be Christ's in the world. Christ wants to reproduce in us His very essence, His very life, his very personality, His very character.

    2B    THE MEMBERS OF THE BODY

        Each person who knows the Lord Jesus Christ is a vital member of this Body.

        Ephesians 2:21-22, Ephesians 4:7,8, 11.

        1C    MATURING

Ephesians 4:12: Gifted men are for the maturing of the Saints for the work of the ministry.        

        2C    MASTERING

            Ephesians 4:12-13

2A    THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS

    1B    THEY ARE ESSENTIAL

        1 Corinthians 12:1, Ephesians 4:12

    2B    THEY ARE COUNTERFEITED

        1C    FLESHLY COUNTERFEITS

            2C    SATANIC COUNTERFEITS

    3B    THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE SOURCE

All spiritual gifts are supernaturally empowered, energized, and given by the Holy Spirit. They are beyond the natural. It is not like singing, playing an instrument, or clever with a certain art. They are supernatural enablements. They are "spiritual". They are controlled by the Holy Spirit.

    4B    THEY WILL ALWAYS UNITE

        They will always unite the body, never divide it.

    5B    THEY ARE NOT A SIGN OF SPIRITUALITY

        Some are carnal, but they did have spiritual gifts I Corinthians 3:1

6B    THEY ARE NOT FOR THE POSSESSOR, BUT FOR THE GOOD OF OTHER MEMBERS OF THE BODY

    1 Corinthians 12:5 gifts are called "services." Something I do for you.

    12:7 they are called "manifestations" Something that is made public, and given to every man to profit for the good of those gathered together.

7B    THEY HAVE THE PROMISE OF DIVINE ENERGY

    I Corinthians 12:4, 5, 6. I Peter 4:10-11

8B    THEY COME IN VARIETIES

    1C    A UNIQUE POSITION

y        No two Christians are alike. Each has a unique place and position in the Body

    2C    A UNIQUE COMPOSITION

1 Peter 4:10; Ephesians 4:7. Yes. One gift, but that gift is a composite of all the various kinds of enablements.

        1D    THE ILLUSTRATIONS

        I Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:6

        2D    THE INCREASES

    When God puts you in the Body, He gives you what you need to minister based on your personality.

        3B    THE IRRESPONSIBILITY

    We really are to minister in all areas. Some have greater responsibilities than others.

9B    YOUCAN HAVE A GIFT AND NOT BE USING IT

    1 Timothy 1:6

10B    THERE ARE SEVERAL TERMS TO DESCRIBE THESE DIVINE ENABLEMENTS

    They are called energizing, services, manifestations, grace gifts and spiritual gifts.

11B    THE LIST IS NOT EXHAUSTIVE

    We say there are 7 or 8 major gifts but there are many other kinds of gifts.

12B    ALL GIFTS ARE TO BUILD THE BODY

    Ephesians 4:12 and 1 Corinthians 12:7

13B    SOME GIFTS ARE ALSO SIGN GIFTS

14B    THE GIFTS ARE DISTINCT FROM THE FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT