On Spiritual Gifts

#1 The Importance of This Topic
“Concerning spiritual gifts, I do not want you to be uninformed.” (1 Cor. 12:1)

Why — the context — disunity (1 Cor. 1:11-12
Why — the context — Apollos vs. Paul and the question of ‘receiving the Holy Spirit’ (Acts 18:24-19:10)
Why — the context for us — revival & reformation, like in Ephesus!

#2 The Foundational Truth
“No-one can say Jesus is Lord but by the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor. 12:3)

Whether ‘baptism in the Holy Spirit’ is the original indwelling or a distinct overflowing.
Whether such an overflowing must be demonstrated by speaking in tongues.
The importance of highlighting the simple fact that if we have confessed Jesus as Lord, then we have the Holy Spirit.
Nevertheless, there is always more.

#3 The Gifts are Trinitarian
“…one Spirit…many charismatic gifts; …one Lord… many ministries; …one God… many activities”

Holy Spirit ~ charismatic gifts (1 Cor. 12:8-10)
– The Holy Spirit gives these different supernatural tools to help us bring the Kingdom of God into specific situations.

Lord Jesus ~ ministries (Eph. 4:11-13, 1 Cor. 12:28)
– Jesus gives specific people as gifts to the church to “equip the saints for the work of ministry”.

Father God ~ activities (Romans 12:3-8)
– God gives each of us faith (confidence!) that we can do particular things, and encourages and releases us to do whatever good we are motivated to do.

#4 A Closer Look at the Holy Spirit Gifts

The Power Gifts
– gift of faith
– miracles
– gifts of healing

The Verbal Inspiration Gifts
– prophecy
– tongues
– interpretation of tongues

The Revelation Gifts
– word of knowledge
– word of wisdom
– discerning of spirits

NB: There is no ‘word of command’. There should be no room here for manipulation or control.

#5 Unity in the Body needs a Culture of Honour
20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, 24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, 25 that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

– Honouring those we disagree with
– Honouring those who offend us
– Honouring those who dishonour us

Woody Guthrie: Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ was a man who traveled through the land
A hard-working man and brave
He said to the rich, “Give your money to the poor,”
But they laid Jesus Christ in His grave

Jesus was a man, a carpenter by hand
His followers true and brave
One dirty little coward called Judas Iscariot
Has laid Jesus Christ in His Grave


He went to the preacher, He went to the sheriff
He told them all the same
“Sell all of your jewelry and give it to the poor,”
And they laid Jesus Christ in His grave.


When Jesus come to town, all the working folks around
Believed what he did say
But the bankers and the preachers, they nailed Him on the cross,
And they laid Jesus Christ in his grave.


And the people held their breath when they heard about his death
Everybody wondered why
It was the big landlord and the soldiers that they hired
To nail Jesus Christ in the sky


This song was written in New York City
Of rich man, preacher, and slave
If Jesus was to preach what He preached in Galilee,
They would lay poor Jesus in His grave.