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.
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.