His Church: Gifts

Sitting at the Lord's Feet (Luke 10:38-42)

Sitting at the Lord's Feet (Luke 10:38-42)

Our instincts have been trained to come to Martha’s defense. After all, she’s the servant. She’s getting things done while others sit. She should be the one commended here. But is it possible that even something good like service can be elevated to a place of priority it was never meant to hold? And may it actually be drying out our soul…and even masking some deep voids?

She Has Done What She Could (Mark 14:3-9)

She Has Done What She Could (Mark 14:3-9)

Some limitations are legitimate. Others may be comfort zone issues. But accepting genuine limitations is part of life. They are not intended to make us feel inferior to others or inadequate for making a difference in God's Kingdom. We look at some biblical examples of those who made a tremendous difference even while facing limitations.

The Gift of Mercy (Luke 10:25-37)

The Gift of Mercy (Luke 10:25-37)

In the last of our series on Spiritual Gifts from Romans 12, we explore the Gift of Mercy (or Compassion) through the story of the Good Samaritan and some remarkable examples from history.

The Gift of Leadership (Mark 10:35-45)

The Gift of Leadership (Mark 10:35-45)

We compare and contrast the worldly models of leadership with the principles we learn from Jesus Himself

The Gift of Exhortation (Acts 20:1-2)

The Gift of Exhortation (Acts 20:1-2)

Exhortation covers a wide range of activities in the New Testament. We explore this gift that captures how to love your neighbor through the words you can offer.

The Gift of Teaching (Ephesians 4:7-16)

The Gift of Teaching (Ephesians 4:7-16)

Why the gift of teaching is essential on multiple levels to church growth the development of the other spiritual gifts

The Gift of Service (1 Corinthians 12:4-7)

The Gift of Service (1 Corinthians 12:4-7)

The ability to love God with all your strength and your neighbor as yourself......through how you serve

The Gift of Prophecy / Word Ministry (2 Timothy 4:1-5)

The Gift of Prophecy / Word Ministry (2 Timothy 4:1-5)

Prophecy is not just about foretelling what is to come. Sometimes it has been. But it is always "forth-telling." To exercise prophecy simply means to be a spokesman on behalf of God. So it is not limited just to direct revelations from miraculous experience. To be a spokesman on behalf of God through the forth-telling of what God has already revealed in Scripture is still a form of prophesy. So on what levels is this prophetic ministry...this ministry of the Word...to be applied today? 

Grace-Gifts (Romans 12:6-8)

Grace-Gifts (Romans 12:6-8)

An overview of spiritual gifts and the Bible's emphasis on grace 

The Service of Being Served (John 13:1-15)

The Service of Being Served (John 13:1-15)

Sometimes we get so focused on serving others that we don't realize the insult it is to refuse service from others. We look at Jesus' interaction with Peter in John 13 to see why mutual service is an essential ingredient to Christian fellowship.