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Sermon No: 78377-M5-CH1-3 - Spiritual gifts


SERMON TOPIC: M5-CH1-3 - Spiritual gifts

Speaker: Ken Paynter

Language: ENGLISH

Date: 2 October 2020


Sermon synopsis: Romans 12:3-8.  For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully
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Course 5 Chapters 1; 2 & 3.

Chapter 1:

Spiritual Gifts by chapter.

Chapter 2:

Misconceptions of Spiritual Gifts.

Chapter 3:

Discover your Spiritual Gifts.


The Gifts of the Father.

Romans 12:3-8. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.


Strongs concordance 1249

1249. diakonos

diakonos: a servant, minister

Original Word: διάκονος, οῦ, ὁ, ἡ Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine; Noun, Masculine Transliteration: diakonos Phonetic Spelling: (dee-ak'-on-os) Definition: a servant, minister Usage: a waiter, servant; then of any one who performs any service, an administrator.

The Gifts of the Father operating in love.

This passage on the gifts is immediately followed by the command to love and operate in love.

Romans 12:9-16.

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

The Gifts of the Father operating in love.

1 Peter 4:7-11.

The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

The Gifts of the Son. (Ministry Gifts)

Ephesians 4:11-16.

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Once again we see that these gifts must operate in love.

The five-fold ministry.

Apostle – Goes

Prophet – Guides

Evangelist – Gathers

Pastor – Guards

Teacher - Grounds

The five-fold ministry.

Apostle – Leads

Prophet – Speaks

Evangelist – Proclaims

Pastor – Cares

Teacher -Equips

A Pastor’s resume.

A certain church somewhere was looking for a pastor. The search committee was reviewing resumes, and they came across one that said this: "I have many qualifications. I've been a preacher with much success, and also had some success as a writer. Some say I'm a good organizer. I've been a leader most places I've been. I am over 50 years of age. I have never preached in one place more than three years.

In some places I have left town after my work has caused riots and disturbances.

I must admit I have been in jail three or four times, but not because of any wrongdoing.

A Pastor’s resume.

My health is not too good, though I still get a great deal done. The churches I have preached in have been small, though located in several large cities. I've not got along too well with religious leaders in towns where I have preached. In fact, some have threatened me and even attacked me physically. I am not too good at keeping records. I have been known to forget whom I have baptized. However, if you can use me, I shall do my best for you." The chair of the committee addressed the others: "What do you think? Shall we consider him?" The others were aghast. Hire an unhealthy, trouble-making, absent-minded, ex-jailbird? Was the chair crazy? Who was this applicant anyway? Who would have such colossal nerve?

The chair glanced down at the bottom of the page. It's signed, she said, "The Apostle Paul."

Was Jesus successful?

He only left a group of 120 faithful believers who after His resurrection continued to pray in the upper room for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that Jesus had promised. He ended off His ministry as a servant, washing His disciples feet.

But take note:

The world measures greatness by how many people serve us. God measures greatness by how many people we serve.

Luke 22:24-26.

A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. Jesus said to them, The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors.

But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.

Would you consider Elijah a success?

Elijah called down fire from heaven on an alter with water poured over it after the prophets of Baal failed.

He had the false prophets put to death but shortly afterwards ran for his life when threatened by Jezebel.

1 King 19:4.

Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.

Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness.

He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. I have had enough, Lord, he said. Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.

Titles and positions.

Let us take for example those who take upon themselves the title of “Apostle”

Do they meet the requirements that mark an Apostle in Scripture.

2 Corinthians 12:11-12.

I have made a fool of myself, but you drove me to it. I ought to have been commended by you, for I am not in the least inferior to the “super-apostles,” even though I am nothing.

I persevered in demonstrating among you the marks of a true apostle, including signs, wonders and miracles.

The Apostles that Jesus appointed paid a high price for that Apostolic anointing.

The Gifts of the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11.

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.

There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.

There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.

All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

The Gifts of the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:27-31.

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. And yet I will show you the most excellent way.

1 Corinthians 13:1-2. The great chapter on LOVE.

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

The Works of the Flesh.

Galatians 5:19-21.

The acts (works) of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

The fruit of The Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-26.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

The Body of Christ.

The gifts

The fruit

Gift ministries



Gift Ministries

The fruit of The Spirit.


True, biblical love is a choice, not a feeling. It deliberately expresses itself in loving ways and always seeks the welfare of others. Biblical love is dependent on the giver’s character, not emotion.

For instance, a mature believer demonstrating love will not exercise his or her freedom if that action might harm another Christian in some way.

Rather than risking the possibility of causing the immature Christian to question and stumble, the mature believer will not exercise his freedom out of love for his brother

(Romans 14:1-15).

The fruit of The Spirit.

Love chooses to set aside one’s own preferences, desires, and needs to put the other person first.

Philippians 2:1-4.

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.

Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Laying on of hands.

Occasions for laying on of hands.

To bless children. Genesis 48:14; Matthew 19:13-15.

To heal the sick. Mark 6:5; James 5:14-15.

To receive the Holy Spirit. Acts 8:17; Acts 19:6.

To recognise ministries. Acts 6:6; Acts 13:1-3.

To bestow spiritual gifts. 1 Timothy 4:14;

Spiritual gifts bestowed by prophetic utterance and laying on of hands by the Elders.

1 Timothy 4:14.

Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed upon you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery.

1 Timothy 1:18.

This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may fight the good fight.


I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong

Course 5 Ch 2. Misconceptions of Spiritual Gifts.

Gifts are not a sign of spiritual maturity.

1 Corinthians 1:7. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.

1 Corinthians 3:1-3. Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly, mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? I’m only human is not an excuse that will exonerate bad behaviour.

Spiritual Gifts and Priorities.

While our gift/s necessitate that we establish priorities, we are not excused from the responsibility of all Christians.

We are not all evangelists, but we are all called to be witnesses. Paul was not called to baptize, yet when the need arose, he did so.

1 Corinthians 1:14-17.

I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, so no one can say that you were baptized in my name. (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel.

Spiritual Gifts and Preparation.

Just because you have a gift, doesn’t mean that you don’t have to put in effort to develop it and use it properly.

Ministry takes time and preparation.

We can’t just sit back and expect the Lord to drop something into our hearts on the Sunday that we are preaching. Even what we are doing here at Bible College, is preparation for what the Lord wants to do through us and use us for.

2 Timothy 2:15.

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

Spiritual Gifts and Practice.

While our gift/s are important, we learn by doing and putting into practice.

We learn to serve by serving, we learn to minister by ministering.

I made some mistakes when I first led the praise and worship in the church due to nervousness, but we must be prepared to step out in faith and not allow pride to keep us from being an instrument in the Lord’s hands.

If you a fool for Jesus, then it’s the best kind of fool to be.

You not going to learn how to witness to others, until you start to do so. You need to get up from your sofa or your pew and get involved in God’s work.

Spiritual Gifts and Prayer.

We also need above all to spend time in prayer and be in tune to the Holy Spirit.

One morning John Flavell, a Puritan pastor, was to preach in the morning. The whole congregation was gathered and ready to go, and he did not show up. He was not there for five minutes. He was not there for ten minutes. He was not there for 15 minutes. One of the elders went back to Flavell’s study. He heard Flavell talking to someone. He listened closely at the door. Flavell was saying, “I’m not going out there without you. I’m not going out there without you.” The elder did not know what to do. Finally, he opened the door, looked in, and there was Flavell on his knees saying, “I’m not going out there without you.”

Indeed, we should not go out there without him.

Course 5 Ch 3. Discover your Spiritual Gifts.

If you don’t know what to do, do something and learn by serving, where your gifting lies.

The reason why most Christians don’t know what their spiritual gift is, is because they have never tried to do anything yet. We need mentors, disciplers who can show us by example what to do.

Get close to someone involved in ministry and imitate them even as Paul exhorted people to imitate him.




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