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?
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.
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.
We compare and contrast the worldly models of leadership with the principles we learn from Jesus Himself
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.
Why the gift of teaching is essential on multiple levels to church growth the development of the other spiritual gifts
The ability to love God with all your strength and your neighbor as yourself......through how you serve
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?
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.