Do you remember those carefree days of summer, dressed in your beach clothes with your feet shod in Flip Flops?  Every time I see a pair of Flip Flops my mind is flooded with memories of the beach, family picnics, and friends.  I have so many good memories of Sunday School and Training Union class beach trips.  It was all about fun, fellowship, but mostly spending time with friends.7-31-16 Better Together 2 Flip Flop Promo PIC

The life lesson that I learned during these times is that everyone wants friends.  They want to be a part of community.  They want to know and be known.  Truly life is “Better Together”!

Most of us love the thought of an intimate circle of people who know and accept us for who we are and aren’t.  We love the idea of belonging, having long-lasting friendships!  But these types of friendships don’t automatically happen sitting near someone in church on a Sunday morning.  These types of friendships are developed in small group settings.

Join us here at Believers Church, July 31st, 9 0r 11 a.m., as we continue our new Better Together Summer Series! We will share our vision for small groups at Believers, learn how our “Life Groups” are built on the free market small group concept, and discover all the benefits of being a part of a Life Group.

People aren’t just looking for a friendly church… people are looking for friends.

It’s this very idea that makes church, and especially “Life Groups”, so appealing.

Life is Better Together!

 

07-24-16 Better Together _1_ Freedom To Assemble POWERPOINTSome of my fondest memories of life being “Better Together” with friends is when we would watch the fireworks on St. Simons Island.

The odd thing was; what made those Independence celebrations so special, was the fact that we weren’t independent, but that we needed each other.  We needed relationship; a sense of family. We were friends.  As a matter of fact, the whole celebration was about the freedoms afforded us as a result of our independence from England, and one of those freedoms, stated in our constitution, was our freedom to do exactly what we were doing.

Assembly is a Constitutional Freedom

This July we celebrated the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 which was a huge day in history and a huge step for the promotion of the Gospel of Christ Jesus!

Our freedom and the First Amendment is what allow us the privilege to assemble and become friends.

Amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America

Article [I.] Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Assembly Happens in Two Places

Acts 2:46-47 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.

“In the temple courts”   and   “In their homes

                                                                

Acts 5:42 Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.

I believe that Jerusalem became the prototype church for all the other New Testament churches.

  • Large group celebrations and small group fellowship.

Since the church in Jerusalem had approximately 100,000 members, where in the world would they meet?            Rick Warren shares these insights:

1) They worshiped in the Temple mount Solomon’s courts.  In those days, you didn’t sit down to worship.  You stood to worship in those days.

  • And Solomon’s courts (the Temple courts) would hold about 50,000 people.
  • They probably had double services at the First Church of Jerusalem.

But friendship is impossible in a group that large (100,000).

You need a small group to pray with, to study with, to ask questions personally and care about.

  • They met from house to house in small groups.
    • That’s how you can have 100,000 people in the church and still have unity, fellowship, and a sense of family.
  • Romans 16:5 Greet also the church that meets at their house.
    • The first 300 years of the church, they didn’t have church buildings.
    • Their small groups, and most of their church fellowships, occurred in homes.  There’s a number of other examples:  Acts 2:46, Acts 8:3, Acts 16:40, Acts 20:20, 1 Cor. 16:19, and Col. 4:15.
    • Many times it says “greet the church that meets in their home”, they met in homes at Corinth.  They met in homes at Colossae.  They met in homes at Rome.

Assembly is Part of the New Testament Church

Acts 2:42-47 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

  1. Freedom to Study the Bible: Vs 42a “They devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching…”
  • They devoted themselves.  They listened, learned, and obeyed.
  • They learned how the OT Scriptures pointed to Jesus as the Messiah.
  • They studied principles and concepts that would later be written into Scriptures at the divine guidance of the Holy Spirit.
  • In the small group setting, they were able to discuss practical application of all they saw and heard.
  1. Freedom to Fellowship: Vs 42b “They devoted themselves to the Apostles teaching and to fellowship.”
  • The very first thing Jesus did after He was baptized was form a small group of twelve before He began His ministry.
  • We need the fellowship, we need those around us, and we need to be able to train those around us to help share in the ministry.
  1. Freedom for Communion: Vs 42c “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread”
  • The word “communion” is the word “koinonia”.  It’s the same word for “fellowship”.
  • At Believers Church in our Sunday morning worship, we take communion quarterly.
    • Communion is for those who are already saved, not for unbelievers.
    • The Bible says that an unbeliever brings judgment upon himself if he takes the Lord’s Supper.
    • Interesting in the New Testament, there’s not one example of them taking communion on a Sunday morning.
    • In fact, it says that they “broke bread from house to house.” which obviously means in homes.
    • In 1 Corinthians 11, it says one of the purposes of communion is to promote openness to God and with each other.
    • So, we find that an appropriate place to serve communion is in those small home group settings as well as the corporate setting.
  1. Freedom to Pray: Vs 42d They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
  • There is tremendous power in group prayer.
  • We not only believe in praying by ourselves but we believe that “… if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for,  it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” Matthew 18:19
  • James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

In small group settings, we are going to feel more secure with one another.  We will know that it is a safe place to confess our weaknesses and receive prayer for healing.

  1. Freedom to Support One Another: It says Vs 44 “All the believers were together and had everything in common.  45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.

This is a very important point because, as your church gets larger, a central benevolence program or central Seeds of Love, Altar etc. ministry will get more and more out of touch with the needs of people.

  1. Freedom for Social Events: Vs 46 “They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,”
  • One day, we will be too large to have a church-wide party!  “Table for 300 please.”
  • We will need to have more social events with our Life Groups in smaller settings.
  1. Freedom for Corporate Praise and Worship: 47a “praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.”
  • There’s praising in our small groups.  Music or no music.
  • A lot of you have musical talents that are not being used.
  • Life Groups offer you unlimited opportunity for you to lead praise and worship.
  1. Freedom to Reach Out to Others: Vs 47b and the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
  • Why was the Lord adding daily to the number being saved?
  • Because the small groups were meeting every day of the week.
  • At Saddleback Church, small groups are encouraged to set up an empty chair to represent the person who is not there, the person that they’re praying for.

Assembly is Expected of Believers

Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together (the assembling of ourselves together NKJ), as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

This verse is so often disobeyed you would think that it didn’t exist.

Next Step:  I commit to exercise my right and obey the commandment in scripture to assemble together with other believers!

Cheers

“Sometimes you want to go where everyone knows your name … and they’re always glad you came…”

People were drawn to a little tavern in East Boston not because of anything unique or flashy about it, but because of how well the people who frequented it knew each other.

Friends is another example.  It’s this very idea that makes Life Groups so appealing.

  • Most of us love the thought of an intimate circle of people who know and accept us for who we are and aren’t.
  • Life Groups

So what does a group of men eating breakfast, ladies going through a Priscilla Shirer, or Beth Moore study together, people learning about the power and purpose of prayer, men meeting together on a Thursday night, or College students getting together on Wednesday’s have to do with church?

  • It is ministry perfectly expressing what the Bible is all about: loving God and loving others.
  • Because these groups are based on common interest or felt needs, they are providing as much, or more, practical life coaching than many Sunday morning Bible classes.

Effective Ministry: is powerfully connecting with God and people – living life better through biblical relationships.

The practical integration of Biblical principles and Godly practice in most people’s lives is worked out in relationships.

Paul put it this way:

“We loved you so much that we delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.”  1 Thessalonians 2:8 

  • It was Paul’s willingness to share life with them that made his message so meaningful.
  • Genuine ministry is about God’s will and purpose in the midst of a routine day and average living.
  • To be effective at discipling others in successful living, we have to help others learn Godliness in the midst of their very active world.

“The Church will never be able to out-Disney Disney,

but no one should be able to out community the local church.”  Reggie Joiner

Assembly Has Awesome Results

Community, assembly is fun, but don’t miss the awesome results seen in our text in Acts 2.

Acts 2:43 and 47; 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.  And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Next Step:  Understanding the awesome results of assembly I commit to not only attend Believers cooperate services, but I will join a Life Group as well.

Assembly is a Constitutional Freedom

Assembly Happens in Two Places

Assembly is Part of the New Testament Church

Assembly is Expected of Believers

Assembly Has Awesome Results

 Next Step:  I am ready for my Next Step of Leading a Life Group and I will attend Life Group Orientation on August 8th.
                

Life App Group and Family Devotional Application

  1. What two places did we see assembly taking place in the NT Church? How often? (Acts 2:46)
  2.  

    What were the results of these type of assemblies? (Acts 2:43 and 47) Do we want those results?

  3. What is expected of believers (Hebrews 10:24-25) and why?
  4. How can we encourage, support, and build up our Life Groups at Believers Church?

 

One Hour on Wednesday

July 27th, 2016

Mark

One Hour On Wednesday tonight at 7 PM! We are studying the Gospel of Mark verse by verse in the sanctuary and our Middle & High School EDGE Students, and College & Career  will all meet together at 7 PM! See you tonight for Worship & Study!

 

 

07-24-16 Better Together _1_ Freedom To Assemble POWERPOINT

 

This Sunday we are kicking off a new series, called “Better Together”, because we know that people aren’t just looking for a friendly church…

People are looking for friends!

Because life is BETTER TOGETHER!

So wear your beach hats, your flip flops, and come enjoy your “Freedom To Assemble” at Believers church at 9 or 11 a.m.

You will also be able to celebrate with those that are Water Baptized!

 

 

 

Back To School Bash!

July 20th, 2016

2016 Book Bag Outreach 2

07-10-16_The Gifts_ the Spirit Gave the Church_BLOG

 

The same is true of spiritual gifts. Paul said, “Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed.” 1 Corinthians12:1 (ignorant)

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.

8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 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. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines. 

Revelation Gifts:                                   Words of Wisdom; Words of Knowledge; and Discerning of Spirits

Power & Demonstration Gifts:                Special Faith; Gifts of Healing; and Working of Miracles

Vocal/ Inspiration Gifts:                         Prophecy; Kinds of Tongues, Interpretation of Tongues.

VOCAL / INSPIRATION GIFTS

THE GIFT OF PROPHECY

The Gift of Prophecy is a spontaneous, Spirit-inspired, oral message given to encourage, edify and comfort.  It is not a previously planned sermon or teaching.

1 Corinthians 14:3 But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.

We are encouraged by Paul to desire spiritual gifts, but especially that we may prophesy (1 Cor 14:1).  Paul goes to great lengths in 1 Corinthians 14 to explain how prophecy is a particularly useful tool for public ministry in public assemblies.

It needs to be understood that the gift of prophecy is different than the ministry or office of a prophet in Ephesians 4:11. Just because someone uses the gift of prophecy, doesn’t mean that they are established in the church as a prophet.

It is also important to understand that we prophesy in part.  For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 1 Corinthians 13:9 This is God using both the human and the divine to encourage His people.

We as believers are called to test prophecies (using the Word of God as our standard) and to hold fast to that which is good.  (1 Thessalonians 5:19-21) (1 Corinthians14:29). (1 John 4:1) See week two “Gifts Jesus Gave the Church” for a quick test for prophecy.

A simple test might include these questions:

  • Does this prophecy agree with the word of God?
  • Does it lift up and glorify the name of Jesus?
  • Does it bring edification, encouragement, and comfort to the hearer?
  • Does your Spirit bear witness with the prophecy?

Prophecy used correctly can be a great ministry gift to the church. Don’t fear it, respect the gift and the giver of the gift, and desire to prophesy.  (1Thessalonians 5:19-21) 

THE GIFT OF DIFFERENT KINDS OF TONGUES

We have already looked at the value of speaking in tongues in the believer’s personal life. Now we see two gifts that are companion gifts that allow us to use the gift of tongues, along with an interpretation, to edify and encourage others also.

The different kinds of tongues are Holy Spirit inspired messages to His people.  These different kinds of tongues may be both human language, unknown to the speaker, as in Acts 2:4-13, or tongues unknown to humankind, such as tongues of angels, mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13:1.  Both are supernatural manifestations.

The point is that whatever is spoken is unknown to the speaker and the hearer and needs to be interpreted if it is to be used as a ministry gift for the entire church body (1 Corinthians 14).

Why the Gift of Tongues?

Reason 1)      Tongues seems to be one of the first gifts Believers in scripture received.

Reason 2)      Tongues are given for spiritual self-edification. 1 Corinthians 14:4 Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. 

Reason 3)      Tongues is the Spirit of God inside you, praying to God.

1 Corinthians 14:2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God.  Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. 

1 Corinthians 14:14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.

Reason 4)      Tongues is a reminder of the Spirit’s indwelling presence in our lives. John 14:16-17 tells us that God will send a comforter and helper who will always be with us. Galatians 5:16 & 25 remind us that we are to walk in the Spirit, not in the flesh.

Reason 5)      Praying in tongues helps us pray in line with God’s will.  In tongues we can effectively pray for ourselves and others. Romans 8:27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. (Also see 1 Corinthians 14:2, 14)

Reason 6)      Praying in tongues stimulates our faith. “But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.” (Jude 1:20)

Reason 7)      Tongues enhance our worship unto the Father, as we worship in Spirit and in truth. Ephesians 5:18-19 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.  Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit.  Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,

Also see John 4:24, Acts 10:46, and 1 Corinthians 14:15-17.

Reason 8)      Speaking in tongues brings our tongue under subjection as we learn to yield it to the Holy Spirit (James 3:5-12). Praying in tongues under the influence of the Holy Spirit is a giant step toward fully yielding all of our members to God.  If we can learn to yield our most unruly member, with God’s help we can yield all.

THE INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES

The interpretation of tongues is also a supernatural manifestation that allows a believer to understand what the speaker is saying when that speaker is operating in the gift of tongues.

The interpreter should share or explain the message to any others who are present, so that they might receive edification also.

If you use the gift of tongues for public ministry purposes, be sure that the tongue is able to be interpreted by someone else present or by yourself so that everyone can be encouraged.

1 Corinthians 14:1-25

(Paul is talking about public ministry and this passage should be read in that context.)

1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. (For Public)

2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God.  Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. 3 But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. 4 Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. 5 I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy.

(For the sake of Public Ministry) The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified. 6 Now, brothers and sisters, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or word of instruction? 7 Even in the case of lifeless things that make sounds, such as the pipe or harp, how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes? 8 Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? 9 So it is with you.  Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying?  You will just be speaking into the air. (For Public Ministry)

10 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning. 11 If then I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying, I am a foreigner to the speaker, and the speaker is a foreigner to me. 12 So it is with you. Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church.

13 For this reason the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that they may interpret what they say. (For Public Ministry) 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. 15 So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding. 16 Otherwise when you are praising God in the Spirit, how can someone else, who is now put in the position of an inquirer, say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since they do not know what you are saying?

17 You are giving thanks well enough, but no one else is edified. 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. 19 But in the church (For Public Ministry) I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.

20 Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults. 21 In the Law it is written: “With other tongues and through the lips of foreigners I will speak to this people, but even then they will not listen to me, says the Lord.” 22 Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is not for unbelievers but for believers. 23 So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and inquirers or unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind?

24 But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all, 25 as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare.  So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!” (The Acts 2 Pattern)

1 Corinthians 14:39-40

39 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. 40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.

The Holy Spirit has blessed the church with these nine gifts and when used properly

they will greatly help in building and strengthening the Body of Christ.

They are the Power Tools for Kingdom Building!

The Gifts of the Spirit Must Be Motivated by Love

1 Corinthians 12:1 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 

1 Corinthians 13:1 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. 2 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. 

1 Corinthians 14:1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit.

Operate in the gifts of the Spirit out of love.  Let love motivate you as you operate in the Gifts God gave the church and the Gifts Jesus gave the church as well!

Next Step: According to 1 Corinthians 14:1 I will not only walk in love but I will eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit to build up the Body of Christ. (1 Cor. 14:12, 36)

The Common Good

  • 1 Corinthians 12:7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.  
  • 1 Corinthians 14:26b Everything must be done so that the church may be built up. 
  • 1 Peter 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

Let’s begin to use our gifts to build up, edify, and comfort one another!

Next Step: I will actively seek and ask for the gifts the Father gives, the gifts Jesus gives, and the gifts the Holy Spirit gives, and use my gifts for the common good.

 Next Step: I commit to use whatever gift I have received to serve others, as a faithful steward of God’s grace.

Life App Group and Family Devotional Application

  1. Name the three vocal / inspiration gifts.
  1. Have you ever seen any of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in operation?
  1. What is Prophecy mainly used for in the New Testament Church?
  1. What is the difference in Prophecy and a message given in tongues? If we have the gift of prophecy, why do you think God thought we needed tongues and interpretation of tongues?
  1. When you think of spiritual gifts, do you see yourself wanting to ask God for all of them? Do you desire them?

 

Baptism Sunday! 7.24.16

July 20th, 2016

Summer Baptism July

We will have Water Baptism this Sunday during both services!

If you would like to be Baptized and make a public declaration that you have given your life to Jesus, call the church at 912.681.1440.

 

 

Membership Class

July 12th, 2016

Membership Class July

 

Membership Class is this Sunday at 9 am!

Join Pastor Scott to find out more about Believers and what Membership means! Register by calling 912.681.1440.

07-03-16_The Gifts Jesus Gave the Church _Blog

The Gifts          “The Spirit Gave the Church”                   Believers Statesboro            07-10-16

There was once a man who built houses. He was a hard worker and used good tools to complete his tasks. He had a hammer, a hand saw, a screw driver, a ruler, and some sandpaper. These were proven tools that worked well, but it would take the man a year or more to complete a house. One day his friend told him that there were power tools available at the hardware store that would enhance his work and make him more efficient. His friend told him that with the power tools, he would probably be able to build three or more houses a year. The man had no interest in changing his ways, but his friend brought some of the power tools over to the job site and left them there.

The man decided to give them a try. He picked up a skill saw, plugged it in, held it up to his board and pulled the trigger. The saw squealed with power and jerked his hand as it began to rip through the board, slinging saw dust everywhere. The man quickly let go of the saw, thinking that it could hurt someone. The saw was also very noisy and made a mess. He made an attempt at the power screw driver, the nail gun, the table saw, and electric sander, but due to a lack of training and understanding, they all scared him. He drew the conclusion that the old way was better and put down the power tools, never to use them again.

The gifts of the Spirit are the power tools that the Holy Spirit has given to the church to efficiently build the Kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 12 lists these nine gifts that equip the church with supernatural power to fulfill the great commission. We may be able to build the kingdom of God without them, but the task will be hard and slow.

The same is true of spiritual gifts. Paul said, “Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed.” 1 Corinthians12:1 (ignorant)

  • Ignorance of these gifts can cause a believer to fear them saying, “These gifts are different, sometimes sounding strange, and if not used properly could hurt someone.”
  • What a waste of God’s provision, all due to a lack of understanding.

Paul realized that the gifts can be used improperly and goes to great lengths to explain how they are to operate in a church during public ministry for the edification of all (1Corinthians 14).

1 Corinthians 12:4-11There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 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. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

The nine gifts of the Spirit are: 1) The Word of Wisdom, 2) The Word of Knowledge, 3) Faith, 4) Gifts of Healing, 5) The Working of Miracles, 6) Prophecy, 7) Discerning of Spirits, 8) Different Kinds of Tongues, and, 9) The Interpretation of Tongues.

Paul makes it clear that they are all given by the Holy Spirit. The gifts are manifestations of the Spirit given to an individual, but for the profit of all.

Some have divided the nine gifts into three categories.

Revelation Gifts:   Words of Wisdom; Words of Knowledge; and Discerning of Spirits

 

Power & Demonstration Gifts:  Special Faith; Gifts of Healing; and Working of Miracles

 

Vocal/ Inspiration Gifts:   Prophecy; Kinds of Tongues, Interpretation of Tongues.

 

REVELATION GIFTS

THE WORD OF WISDOM

This wisdom is different from natural wisdom and even the general wisdom that is available to all Christians who ask for it (James 1:5-8).

This wisdom is a gift from the Holy Spirit as a spiritual manifestation, for a specific need or special circumstances where man’s wisdom falls short.

It is supernatural directions or decisions, given to the believer for a certain situation; one in which the outcome would usually not be known by any other way but by God-given revelation.

We can see this gift working in the life of Christ Jesus. In Matthew 22:15-22 when Jesus was questioned concerning paying taxes to Caesar he perceived the heart of the Pharisees. 

  • Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? (vs. 18)
  • “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” (vs. 21)

This type of wisdom produced results.

When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away. (vs. 22)

Also in Luke 12:13-21 we see that the word of wisdom will reveal the root cause of a problem so it can be dealt with. Jesus was able to know the heart of a man who requested that Jesus make the man’s brother divide a family inheritance with him.

  • Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” (vs. 15) In this case the root cause of the issue was covetousness and the desire for possessions.
  • The word of wisdom can also be seen in Joseph interpreting Pharaoh’s dream. See Genesis 41:14-40.

THE WORD OF KNOWLEDGE

This kind of knowledge can’t be obtained by natural means.  It is a supernatural revelation of the Holy Spirit, given for a specific purpose, usually pertaining to an event or a need in a person’s life.

  • Nathan received a word of knowledge concerning David’s sin. (2 Samuel 12:1-15)
  • Jesus, through a word of knowledge, knew about the coin in a fish’s mouth. (Matthew 17:27)
  • Jesus knew the truth concerning the life of a Samaritan woman, whom He had just met,

(John 4:7-19). The use of this gift resulted in many believing in Jesus. See John 4:28-30; 39-42.

  • Jesus has a word of knowledge concerning Nathanael, seeing him sitting under a fig tree

(John 1:47-49), which resulted in Nathanael’s instant belief in Jesus being the Son of God.

  • Jesus knew who would betray Him. (John 6:64)
  • Jesus knowing that Peter would deny Him three times. (Matthew 26:34)
  • One of the most dramatic examples of the word of knowledge was when Peter knew that Ananias and  Sapphira spoke lies concerning their giving. (Acts 5:1-11)

THE GIFT OF DISCERNING OF SPIRITS

As you know there are other spirits operating in the world besides the Holy Spirit. Satan is a liar and a master of deception, his source of evil is often hard to discern. Therefore, God has given the manifestation of discerning of spirits.  This gift allows the believer to see behind the scenes of the spirit realm, and to know if the source is human, demonic, or divine.

  • The spirit world, and the ability to see angels was given to Elisha and Gehazi. (2 Kings 6)
  • Jesus used this gift to discern a satanic spirit speaking through Peter. (Matthew 16: 22-23)
  • Jesus discerned a deaf and dumb spirit and cast it out. (Mark 9:24-27)
  • Jesus discerned a spirit of infirmity that had troubled a woman for 18 years. (Luke 13:11-16)
  • Peter discerned that Satan was working in the hearts of Ananias and Sapphira. (Acts 5:1-10)
  • Peter discerned the evil in the heart of Simon a former sorcerer. (Acts 8:18-23)
  • Paul discerned the evil in the heart of Elymas the sorcerer. (Acts 13:9-12)

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.  1 Timothy 4:1

Next Step:  If I am confused or don’t understand a situation in my life, today I will ask for one of the Revelation Gifts to help me have clarity.

POWER and DEMONSTRATION GIFTS

THE GIFT OF FAITH

This is more than human faith, saving faith (Ephesians 2:8-9), or general faith (Romans 12:3).

This is a supernatural manifestation of unlimited faith for specific situations that produces supernatural results.

Some examples of this supernatural faith include:

  • The gift of faith was in operation when Abraham offered his son Isaac on an altar,

(Hebrews 11:17-19).  He believed that God would raise his son from the dead.

  • Daniel used the gift of faith in the lion’s den. (Daniel 6:23)
  • Jesus used this gift of faith when he cursed the fig tree and even though it showed no signs of

being cursed, it died from the roots up. (Mark 11:12-24)

  • Jesus and Peter walking on water. (Matthew 14:25-26)
  • Jesus calling Lazarus out of the grave. (John 11:3-44)
  • This gift of faith prompted Peter to command a man to rise up and walk. (Acts 3:4-6)
  • Paul not dying after being bitten by a poisonous snake. (Acts 28:3-5)

GIFTS OF HEALING

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.  May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  1Thessalonians 5:23

  • God is concerned about our wholeness in spirit, soul, and body.

Paul’s prayer for the saints was this: Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.  3 John 1:2

God is the ultimate physician, and He is the one who does the healing.  He often uses His people as vessels for His healing power to flow through. Notice that this “gift” is plural, “gifts” of healing.

There are numerous physical problems as well as emotional, mental, and spiritual sicknesses.

The Holy Spirit flows through His people with various gifts of healing to meet all the needs of the sick.

  • Jesus used gifts of healing to heal a leper (Matthew 8:1-3), and to heal multitudes of others

(Matthew 14:14).

  • Jesus opening blind eyes. (Mark 10:46-52)
  • Paul spoke and a crippled man walked. (Acts 14:10)
  • Gifts of healing flowed through Peter. (Acts 3: 4-7)
  • Gifts of healing flowed through Paul. (Acts 19: 11-13)

 THE WORKING OF MIRACLES

And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”  Mark 9:1

Our God is a God of miracles.  From the forming of the heavens and earth, to the birth of Christ and His ministry, to Jesus’ return and our living eternally with Him, God is working miracle after miracle.

The manifestation of the working of miracles is God performing what could not be done in the natural. This is when God steps out of the bounds of natural laws and intervenes on the behalf of man.

The working of miracles goes beyond gifts of healing and deals with creative miracles as well. Numerous miracles are described throughout the scriptures. Among them are:

  • Moses parting the Red Sea. (Exodus 14:13-31)
  • Elisha and the axe head that floated. (2 Kings 6:1-7)
  • Jesus walking on the water. (Matthew 14:25-26)
  • Jesus feeding Five thousand. (Mark 6:39-44)
  • Jesus feeding Four thousand. (Matthew 15: 32-38)
  • Jesus turning water into wine. (John 2:1-11)
  • Jarius’ daughter being raised from the dead. (Mark 5:38-42)
  • Paul raising Eutychus from the dead. (Acts 20: 9-12)

Next Step:  If I need a supernatural touch today I will ask for one of the Power & Demonstration Gifts to operate in my life.

1 Corinthians 14:1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.

 Next Step:  Today I commit to eagerly desire and pray for the gifts of the Spirit.

 Life App Group and Family Devotional Application

  1. (1 Cor 12:1-11) How informed do you think people and the church are when it comes to the gifts? Why?
  2. What is the difference between a word of wisdom and a word of knowledge?
  3. Name the three revelation gifts.
  4. Name the three power and demonstration gifts.
  5. Have you ever seen any of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in operation?
  6. When you think of spiritual gifts, do you see yourself wanting to ask God for all of them or none of them?

 

Newcomers Lunch Sunday!

July 6th, 2016

Newcomers July

Ready to take your Next Step with Believers? Join us to find out more this Sunday at our Newcomers Lunch…. immediately after the 11 am service. Great lunch, great fellowship, and a great way to find out about the vision of the church and how we got started. Call the church to RSVP at 912.681.1440 before 2 pm Thursday!