Sunday February 24 The Gifts Of The Holy Spirit

Pastor’s Blog The Fruit of the Spirit February 24, 2019
The topic of the Holy Spirit is truly inexhaustible because the Holy Spirit is God and God cannot be fully explained because, well, He is God. It comforts me to know that I serve a God that is beyond human comprehension. I am also comforted because He is a relational God who continues to reveal Himself to us.
The one Member of the Trinity that is the most unknown is the Holy Spirit. Over this last month, our series has been unpacking the wondrous gift of the Holy Spirit given and available to all who would invite His presence and power. And, like most things, the more we understand the more we can access and use.
The teaching about the Holy Spirit includes both the Fruit of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, etc. and the Gifts of the Spirit which are lesser known and more misunderstood. Many say “Give me the Fruit of the Spirit but not the Gifts.” The Bible includes both for a reason: both are important and both are to be evident in the life of the Christ follower.
My topic this weekend is the Gifts of the Holy Spirit: what they are, how we can discover, develop and deploy this gifts given to empower the Church in the 21st Century in the same way the gifts forwarded the establishment and expansion of the early churches.
Here is some important spiritual truths:
• The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are given freely from without and are what we do.
• The Fruit of the Holy Spirit grows gradually from within and are who we are.
• Both are to be pursued and are meant to work together.
• Both did not cease at the end of the Apostolic Age but are meant for today.
Many who have grown up in Church usually limit the Gifts to the nine mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12. Romans 12 and Ephesians 4 also mention Gifts that need to be included. Each one is given for the common good and to extend the ministry of the Church through all who would be willing to receive and who in faith exercise the gifts.
1 Corinthians 12 says “to each one is given.” God does not play favorites and give only to some. His plan is that each of us would receive and use these Spiritual Gifts to see God’s Kingdom advance.
If ever there was a time for this empowerment and equipping in our local church and the church around the world, now is that time.
Pastor Tom

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