Sermon Your Calling: Releasing Your Talents By Developing Your Abilities & Skills
We hunger for love. God made us for love. Our happiness is determined by how well we love. Paul wrote of love 22 times in Ephesians, 4 times in chapter 4. Using our spiritual gifts, Ephesians 4/1-7 & 11-16, grows our capacity to love. We can then serve and “speak the truth in love.”
What Are Spiritual Gifts?
Spiritual gifts are God endowed aptitudes & abilities for the uniquely effective purpose of gospel work. The Greek word for spiritual gift is charismata, which means grace gift. Every believer possesses at least two spiritual gifts (usually in clusters of 3-5) but no one possesses all the gifts. All of us, however, are given an aptitude for understanding each spiritual gift, and as needed, to use them as secondary gifts. (Most of the spiritual gifts are listed in three primary passages – Romans 12:3-8; Ephesians 4:11-13; I Corinthians 12-14). For a listing and brief explanation of 29 spiritual gifts, go to the Welcome Center to pick up a copy of my writing entitled, “Knowing and Using Your Spiritual Gifts”.
In the 21st century, God challenges us to reach new levels of New Testament ministry by following the commission of Ephesians 4:12-13. The Apostle Paul explained that pastors & teachers were to “prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
Pastor Les Hollon - January 17, 2016
Your Calling: Release Your Talents By Developing Your Abilities & Skills
From Series: "Ephesians: God's Pattern for Living in 2016 and Eternity"
We are created by God. erefore it makes sense that if we are to live our best life we need to grow our lives in God's provided ways. God did not make us by using a cookie cutter pattern. erefore, one size does not t all. is means we are incredibly diverse by God's design. We each have our own DNA. HOWEVER, we do share basic characteristics, and there are common ways for us to grow. By understanding these common ways, we can best celebrate our unity and our diversity. And through these patterns we can daily lean into God's eternal pattern for us.