Thursday, July 19, 2018
Theme: The Relevant Church
Topic: Growth in the Gifts of the Spirit
1 Corinthians 12:7-11
1 Thessalonians 5:19-20
19 Quench not the Spirit.
20 Despise not prophesyings.
A church cannot be said to be relevant unless it is strong in power. The gifts of the Spirit are the means through which the needs of the Church and the world are met. They are the weapons with which the Church subdues satan and his kingdom. Relevant churches encourage the exercising of spiritual gifts. God equips believers with these gifts to enable them minister to one another.
Nine spiritual gifts are listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, namely the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, the gifts of healing, the working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, divers kinds of tongues and the interpretation of tongues. These gifts are not the reserve of pastors but the entire Body of Christ. Some churches resist the operation of these gifts while others limit them to ordained pastors alone. Relevant churches however, release all believers to exercise the gifts of the Spirit.
The purpose of the gifts of the Spirit is to minister to the Body of Christ and the world. The gifts of the Spirit build our patience, self-control, joy, peace and other virtues because they make it easy for us to trust God. These gifts also impart healing and deliverance to believers. Signs and wonders demonstrate the power of God to the world and bring sinners to repentance and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. A relevant church abounds in the gifts of the Spirit. The Bible warns us against quenching the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19).
1. Pray that the gifts of the Spirit will be quickened and manifested in your life to draw you closer to God.
2. Pray also that God will work signs and wonders in your life to demonstrate His power to the world, and cause them to come to repentance.
“Building a Solid Church” by Eastwood Anaba
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