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Sunday, April 28, 2019

THE CHURCH: A Place to Call Home

Notes: THE CHURCH: A Place to Call Home
by Greg Laurie on Apr 28, 2019
Event:
Sunday morning
Scripture:
Romans 12
Series:
Relentless Grace: Paul

https://harvest.org/resources/webcast/church-a-place-to-call-home/

Have you ever received a gift you didn’t like?

God gives gifts to us called spiritual gifts, these are the gifts that you never want to give back.

The church is a gift to us from Jesus. The church is more than an organization, it’s a family.

A spiritual gift is given supernaturally by God.

1 Timothy 4:14 NLT
[14] Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you.

1 Corinthians 12:1 NLT
[1] Now, dear brothers and sisters, regarding your question about the special abilities the Spirit gives us. I don't want you to misunderstand this.

To not desire these gifts could be wrong.

1 Thessalonians 5:19 NKJV
[19] Do not quench the Spirit.

1. You are not all that and a bag of chips.

Romans 12:3 NLT
[3] Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don't think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.

Cemeteries are full of indispensable people.

2. You are a sinner saved by grace, not using gifts you are given is wrong.

Romans 12:6-8 NLT
[6] In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. [7] If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. [8] If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

3. The gift of prophecy. Someone who speaks for God. Someone is giving a word from God.

4. The gift of serving.

Serving is just as important as an gift.

They see a need and they fulfill the need.

Whatever you do for a living, do it well.

5. Others are called to teach the word of God.

Romans 12:7 NLT
[7] If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well.

Teachers have a great responsibility.

6. God has given some the gift of encouraging others.

Romans 12:8 NLT
[8] If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

The gift of exhortation. You encourage, exhort, motivate and sometimes correct.

Correct people like Jesus does, as He did the seven churches in the book of Revelation.

7. The spiritual gift of giving.

God gives to us. Do we give back to Him?

10% to 20% of people at church give all the giving a church receives.

Malachi 3:8-10 NLT
[8] "Should people cheat God? Yet you have cheated me! "But you ask, 'What do you mean? When did we ever cheat you?' "You have cheated me of the tithes and offerings due to me. [9] You are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating me. [10] Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do," says the LORD of Heaven's Armies, "I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won't have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!

Giving is the only thing God tells you to test Him on!

God loves a cheerful giver.

8. The gift of showing kindness and mercy.

Romans 12:8 NLT
[8] If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

Each gift has its place in the moment. We need the right tools for the right moment.

You need the church and the church needs you.


Best regards, 
Adam

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