Monday, August 23, 2010

Spiritual Gifts for the Church

Dear Friends,

But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.” ~ Ephesians 4:7-8

Did you know you have a spiritual gift that was given to you for the church’s benefit? My husband was asked to visit a family who was thinking of joining our church. “Pastor Briscoe,” began the father, “what does your church have to offer my family?” “What does your family have to offer to my church?” replied my husband. He explained that the policy of our fellowship is to help people discover their spiritual abilities and exercise them for the good of the whole.

Paul explains that persons are gifts (see Eph. 4:11). There have been apostles who had a distinctive position, prophets with inspired utterance, evangelists with the ability to spread the Good News, pastor-teachers to shepherd the flock under Christ the chief Pastor. All these men are there to teach the saints (rank-and-file members) to do the work of ministry (see Eph. 4:12). The greatest mistake people can make is to think of church as a spectator sport.

Paul also writes that gifts are given to all Christians. Unto every one of us is given a gift (see Eph. 4:7). Each gift is different, and there is a diversity as subtle and beautiful as the spots on a leopard, snowflakes on the grass, grains of sand on the seashore. Each personality with its matching gifts is unique, but, like a note in a chord of music, or an instrument in an orchestra, it is intended to blend with others so that the message of salvation becomes the loveliest symphony of all.

In His Love,

Jill Briscoe

2 comments:

  1. Prayers anyone?♥ This is a prayer request from my friend Christina. (A young lady I met years ago at Bible Study Fellowship).-Leslie
    Hi Leslie,
    A young girl came to my door selling packages to upgrade your tv etc. I told her I wanted the God channel. We got to talking and she told me the miracles the Lord has done in her and her families life. I told her about some awesome miracles that he had done too. I showed her the back of my car where "Expect A Miracle was painted" and what a testimony it was to people,
    to give them hope. She started crying and long story short, her best friend had just gone missing on a boating and swimming trip. She went in the water and no one saw her come out and didn't notice until they were on shore that she was missing. I saw this on the news.
    I'm praying she is alive. Her friend said creepy guys were watching her from the shore.
    I don't know but. can you please pray and put her on the list for prayer.
    Thanks Leslie so much. I feel the Lord really moves (through) pray(er). Love, Christina

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  2. Absolutely beautiful, Jill! LOVE the last few lines. Thank you!!

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