Balwyn Anglican

Eagerly Desire (these) Spiritual Gifts

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Friends,

This week we are thinking about the gifts of the Holy Spirit; given to build up God’s church. Those specifically identified in the New Testament include:

Prophecy, Service, Teaching, Encouragement,
Giving, Leadership, Showing mercy.
Romans 12:6-8

Message of Wisdom, Message of Knowledge, Faith, Healing,
Working of Miracles, Prophecy, Ability to distinguish between spirits,
Speaking in Tongues, Interpretation of Tongues
1 Corinthians 12:4-11

Speaking (the very words of God), Service
1 Peter 4:11

We could spend time in considering the nature of each of these gifts, but this is something for another day or place.

What I think will be more beneficial for us today is to consider the Apostle Paul’s exhortation to us:

‘… eagerly desire (these) spiritual gifts …’
1 Corinthians 14:1

And to ask God to raise up among us those with the gifts of the Spirit, that we might be built up as His people in this church.

This morning I want to share this vision with you and invite you to join with me in asking God to do this for us.

In Jesus name.

Brian