What are "Spiritual Gifts?"
A Biblical Approach to Understanding and Applying that with which God has Called and Gifted You!
What Direction are you going?
The word, Spiritual Gift, comes from the Greek phrase chrismata or sometimes referred to as Charisma, and is defined as, "a gift of grace." This means we, as Christians, are given a "favor" or a "special gift" to do the work of ministry on behalf of, and empowered by, our Lord Jesus Christ. In ancient Greek, it was a phrase that a conquering general, giving a gift to the people he had just conquered as a symbol of their dependence upon the conqueror, would use. We are not conquered in spirit, but our Will as a Christian becomes less as He becomes more. Thus, Gifts are also a reminder of our dependence upon Christ as Lord.
It is each Believer's responsibility to find, develop, and exercise the Gifts given to him/her!
Some of the Gifts include leadership, teaching, pastoral care, mercy, giving... there are seven basis gifts and some say as many as twenty of them! How we are to behave and interact with one another is governed by the Spirit working through each of us with these Gifts. We must acknowledge our role in the Body; there are no lone wolves in Christ! We have a duty to fulfill, and a role to play. When we refuse to find and use our Gifts, we not only hurt ourselves, but each other and our Lord! The Church is greatly diminished, the work of the Lord given to us is left undone, and opportunities are missed!
RIVERS OF JOY BAPTIST CHURCH
State Route 139 and Shady Lane
Phone:740 353 0525
WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY
CHARLES E. WHISNANT
THIS SUNDAY APRIL 11, 2010
- Bible Study at 10:00 A.M.
- WORSHIP: 11 A.M.
- SUNDAY NIGHT: 6:00 P.M.
- Our speaker will be JOHNNY EDWARDS
WEDNESDAY NIGHT APRIL 14TH AND SUNDAY APRIL 17TH BILL BOWER WILL BE SPEAKING IN ALL THE SERVICES.
CHARLES AND CHARITY will be on vacation.
LAST SUNDAY APRIL 4TH EASTER SUNDAY.
Pastor's are always trying to find the bright spot of each week. We HAD half the attendance of last year. We had half the visitors as last year. Several families for various reasons did not attend and several families from last year had left the church body. Doesn't sound very encouraging does it?
Nevertheless we did have eight visitors, and our offering was $500.12. Bro. Bill and the choir did have a good Easter musical. Charity's class of girls had a great time as well.
We have reworked our Church Insurance Policy and the cost has dropped over $600 a year.