Yesterday we continued in our series on the gifts of the Spirit.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my study this past week, diving into various scriptures and really trying to hear God on the gifts of the Spirit.
There is so much depth of meaning in the context of these scriptures, and so much meaning that the english language misses out on.
These “gifts” (or in the greek – “charis” which mean grace or free gift) are available to every single one of us. As we read yesterday, the Holy Spirit decides who, and when, will receive these gifts – not for us to boast but to build up the Church and glorify God.
All ministry is Christ-given and Spirit empowered. All ministry is a gift. Therefore all ministry is truly charismatic – whether it be singing, teaching, dancing, prophesying, healing, helping, etc.
One thing that came up yesterday constantly in most of the passages is the fact that these gifts should not be divisive but rather should build up and bring unity and harmony. Love needs to be the motive behind everything we do, including the ministry with these gifts.
I encourage you, as I did yesterday, to read these passages again. Pray through them. Discuss them with friends and family. Ask questions. Feel to email myself or Cory with questions you have and we will do our best to answer them.
The passages to read: 1 Corinthians 12-14, Romans 12, 1 Peter 4, and Ephesians 4.
“Everything that is done must strengthen all of you” – 1 Corinthians 14:26