The Holy Spirit gives God's people extraordinary personal gifts to serve Christ and his church. These gracious gifts are meant to shape our churches into the image of Christ. That way, Christians will be encouraged and unbelievers will be drawn to the Savior. But what happens if Christians do not know or use their gifts?
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SCRIPTURE: Romans 12:3–8; 1 Corinthians 12–14; Ephesians 4:11–16; 1 Peter 4:10–11
• Identify the Current Issue
• Discover the Eternal Principles
—Teaching point one: Spiritual gifts are both necessary and wonderful.
—Teaching point two: When churches have a balanced approach to spiritual gifts, Jesus Christ becomes real and personal.
—Teaching point three: Exercising spiritual gifts helps a church resist pride.
—Teaching point four: One thing that makes churches unique is their spiritual gift mix.
• Apply Your Findings
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
• Experiencing God's Presents, by J. I. Packer (August 2003, 9 printed pages)
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