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What Spiritual Gifts Do - by Michael Phillips
1 Corinthians - Part 15
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1 Corinthians 14:1-40
Sep 23, 2012 am - The subject of 1 Corinthians 12, 13, and 14 is Spiritual Gifts. In Chapter 12, Paul tells us where they come from, who they're given to, and what they're for. The Gifts come from God, He gives them to every member of the church, and He wants us to use them for the good of the whole church. The Corinthians were not doing this. They had the Gifts, but they were putting them to a bad use. Instead of building up the church, they were building up their egos, and further dividing the church. The only way they could stop doing what they were doing and start doing what they ought to do is by using the Gifts in brotherly love. This is what Paul counsels in Chapter 13. By all means, use your gifts! But use them with patience and kindness and humility. Only then the clanging pots and pans become music. Only when we exercise our gifts in love will they meet their God-given purpose. In Chapter 14, Paul tells us what the Spiritual Gifts will do for the church and the world if they're properly used, and what they'll do if they're not used so well. Spiritual Gifts are like fire: when used properly, it cooks your food, warms your home, and moves your car. But this powerful force for good can also ... More >>>

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