Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Ministering Gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church # 6

1 Cor 12:28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, admistrations, varieties of tongues.

Gifts to support, aid, assist. Administrations to steer.

Rom 12:4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function,
:5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.
:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith;
:7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching;
:8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Ministering means to tend to, wait upon, assist, meet one another's needs as they arise.

Our first responsibility is to God then to others.

We all have need of ministering.

God created the body so we can minister to one another.

We all have a ministry of sorts. That doesn't mean we are all ministers. There is a difference. In some way or another all of these things apply to every one. They are gifts. To prophesy you have to move out in faith.

In verse 7, He gave us ministry and teaching.

In verse 8 exhorting. We all have this, some more than others (comfort, encourage, lift up)
leaders are those in authority to do so with diligence always.
Mercy with cheerfulness, outward manifestation of pity reaching out to comfort someone in need.

Rom 12:9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
Love should be real, not pretend, not hypocritical, not acting.

Mk 10:21 Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”

Jesus told the man what he needed to hear, not what he wanted to hear. Sometimes that is hard to do. Especially if the other person wants to be right.

1 Pet 4:10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
:11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Eph 4:11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,

God gave the five fold ministry so the body could be prepared to minister.

1 Cor 12:22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.

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