A Close look at 1 Corinthians 12, Understanding Spiritual Gifts

Originally posted on Tayibs.com

Welcome back to another edition of the Eternal Perspective Conversation. We are going through a leadership training at our church with the sole purpose of equipping the leaders to become grounded in the Truth claims of Scared Scripture. A couple of weeks ago, one of the elders ( elder Bill Krayer) gave an amazing exposition of 1 corinthians 12, a chapter that deals with Spiritual gifts or shall I say Spiritual things. With the controversies that surround this very sensitive matter , I felt compelled to invite him to the EPS ( Eternal Perspective Conversation) to give us biblical answers that address Spiritual gifts. I will invite you to watch the entire presentation.

Here is a breakdown of the entire exchange

0:08 introduction of the guest

0:55 Why is it important for the church to get familiar with spiritual gifts?

1:32 Existing confusions & controversies over Spiritual gifts within the church

4:57 What is more important? Spiritual gifts or the fruits of the Spirit

6:13 The Role of Spiritual gifts

6:52 a Thorough look at 1 Corinthians 12

7:48 Reading and understanding 1 Cor 12:1-3

8:45 Criteria 1: How do you know if a Spiritual gift is being used appropriately

12:02 1 Corinthians 12:4-7, gifts, service, activities & manifestations/workings of the Spirit

13:56 Graphic organizer and end goal of Spiritual things ( gifts)  

15:47 1. Grace- gifts, what are they?

19:07 What the gift of prophecy is and is not today

23:28 Do I only have one grace- gift?

24:23 How do the grace -gifts work/operate within the church

26:23 The Church is the temple of the Holy Spirit, why is that so important when it comes to Spiritual things ( gifts)

29:16 Be content and stay in your lane31:19 What’s my gift? The necessity of affirming one another

34:05 Ministries and roles in the Church( Ephesians 4:11-16)

36:53 D0 Apostles still exist  today?

38:08 Equipping the saints for the work of the Lord

39:16 Workings and activities of the Spirit 1 Cor 12:8-11

42:33 The Spirit apportions the workings as He wills ( or sees fit)

42:54 The end purpose- the Glory of God

46:51 We are cellophane ( and through us the Glory of God shines)

49:52 The Spiritual things/gifts must be rooted in the Love of God

52:00 Concluding thoughts

The passage:

Concerning Spiritual Gifts

12 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spiritdistributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit,and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.


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