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Signs and Wonders | Gifts in the church (July 22)
But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.
Grace = Charis
Good will, gift, loving-kindness
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;
1 Corinthians 12:11
11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
1 Peter 4:10
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
This is why itsays:
“When he ascended on high,
he took many captives
and gave gifts to his people.”
(What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)
Why is "(Jesus) Descended to the Dead" Omitted from the Methodist Apostles' Creed?"
by Bob Johnson
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,
1. Apostle - one sent away to achieve an objective or mission
2. Prophet - a person inspired to proclaim or reveal divine will or purpose2 Observations:
Unity is a command.
"The gift of prophecy is the special ability ... to receive and communicate an immediate message of God to His people through a divinely-anointed utterance” Peter Wagner"
3. Evangelist – Proclaimer of the gospel
Leaving the next day, we reached Caesarea and stayed at the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the Seven.
2 Timothy 4:5
But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
4. Pastor– shepherd, one who serves as guardian or leader
Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with his own blood.
5. Teacher – Rabbi – One who teaches the Word
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28: 18-20
to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
4. Ligaments. The body doesn't sprawl. The body is both joined and held together by ligaments or joints.
5. Each Part. For the body to work properly, "each part does its work"
Monday - Ephesians 4: 7-16
In what way does verses 7 teach that all Christians have received spiritual gifts? Read also Romans 12:6; 1 Corinthians 12:11; 1 Peter 4:10. If all have received spiritual gifts, what is the implication of this in light of the Ephesians 4:16 that mentions "each/every part"?
Tuesday - Read Ephesians 4: 11-12. What are the gifts of grace stated in verse 11? What is their two-fold purpose according to verse 12? Look up the following verses and write what they say about the role of the gift - Apostle: Ephesians 2:20, Acts 1:21-22, Mark 6:30, Romans 1:1, 1 Corinthians 1:1 and Hebrews 3:1. Do you see this gift in yourself? In someone else?
Wednesday - Read Ephesians 4: 11-12 again today. Look up the following verses and write what they say about the role of the gift - Prophet – Acts 11: 27, Romans 12:6, 1 Corinthians 14:3-4 and 12:10, 28, Ephesians 2:20; 3:5, and 2 Peter 3:2. Do you see this gift in yourself? In someone else?
Thursday - Read Ephesians 4: 11-12 one more time. Look up the following verses and write what they say about the role of the gift - Evangelist – Acts 21:8, 1 Corinthians 1:17, and 2 Timothy 4:5. Pastors and teachers – Acts 13:1, Romans 2:21; 12:7, 1 Corinthians 12:28; 14:26, 1 Timothy 1:7, James 3:1 and 1 Peter 5:2. Do you see this gift in yourself? In someone else?
Friday - The phrase “speaking the truth in love” is stated in verse 15. The verb means both speaking and doing. Read John 14:6 and 16:13. What is truth? How does this thought fit in with what we have studied in Ephesians so far?
Saturday- Ephesians 4:17-32
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