This week was the beginning of the 2010 Winter Olympics. This is the venue for many feats of physical prowess. Some events are no longer part of the games. One event no longer part of the games is Tug-of-War. This can be fun or painful. Another type of Tug-of-War is emotional conflict. Churches today can become conflicted over different people’s agendas.
Early Churches Involved in Tug-of-War
Use of Spiritual Gifts
- 1 Cor. 12:1-13:13 – All gifts are from God
- Romans 12:1-13 – We are all part of the same body
- Eph. 4:7-16 – Each has a gift and we should be unified
- 1 Peter 4:10-11 – No matter what gifts all glory belongs to God, through Jesus Christ
- James 1:17 – Every gift comes from God.
Knowing Our Gifts
- Asking God to help us know what our gifts are (James 1:5) -We must use our gifts for the good of the body. We must pray to know how we can give to the body.
- 2 Tim. 1:6 -Be a mirror for one another. Encourage others in using their gifts
Developing Our Gifts
- Even though God freely presents us with spiritual gifts we must put forth efforts to develop those gifts 1 Cor. 3:1-4, Heb. 5:11
Use Our Gifts
- 1 Cor. 13:1-3 -Love is the motivation
- 1 Peter 5:8-11 -Overcome obstacles and use your gifts
Appreciate Our Gifts
- Phil. 2:13 -We must believe God is working through us. God works in us to both will and do.
- 1 Thess 5:11-13 – We encourage one another regarding the use of our gifts
May we be unified in using our spiritual gifts.
Robert Lee, 2-14-10, a.m.