Acts 2:1-13 and 1 Corinthians 12
Margie McClure (Seminary Intern)
This week, we continue exploring life in the Holy Spirit by looking at the gifts of the Holy Spirit. When we choose to follow Jesus, God gives each of us unique spiritual gifts designed to be exercised in our walk with Christ. There are three main passages in the New Testament that speak about these spiritual gifts: 1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12:3 – 8, and Ephesians 4:1 – 16.
Our primary focus will be on 1 Corinthians chapter 12. However, I encourage you to read these other biblical passages in preparation for this Sunday’s message. As you do so, ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you and to reveal what the gift you have been given might be.
Every Christ-follower has at least one spiritual gift (Ephesians 4:7-8). And some Christians have not yet opened their gifts. What good is an unopened gift? It does not matter how much the giver spends on the gift, how much care he puts in selecting it, or how beautifully he wraps it up, it is all wasted time, money and effort if the gift remains unopened. Or, what if the recipient opens the gift, but puts it on a shelf and never uses it? In both cases, the recipient of the gift has squandered the generosity of the giver.
The same is true of spiritual gifts. Out of His grace, God has endowed each of us with individual gifts of the Holy Spirit – gifts that are intended to be realized and exercised. And yet there are far too many Christians who remain in ignorance, denial, or worse, indifference, as to these gifts God has entrusted to us.
What exactly are these gifts? How do we recognize each of them and put them to use? Why is the exercise of these gifts so vital and important? Are there specific instructions we need to follow in using the gifts we are given by God? And why might we have difficulty in opening these gifts of the Holy Spirit in our lives?
Join us this Sunday to explore the answers to these questions!