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Serving Together




          1 Cor 12:4-11
Iditarod
Serving Together
“Moses‟ hands grew weary, so they took a
 stone and put it under him, and he sat on it,
 while Aaron and...
Serving Together
“From that day on, half of my servants
 worked on construction, and half held the
 spears, shields, bows...
We Cooperate in the Lord’s Work
In Search of the Lord’s Way.
We Cooperate in the Lord’s Work
In Search of the Lord’s Way.
Potter‟s.
We Cooperate in the Lord’s Work
In Search of the Lord’s Way.
Potter‟s.
Surprise Valley.
DO WE COOPERATE, OR DO
WE EXPECT OTHERS TO
SERVE US?
Cooperation: A Problem in Corinth
In 12-14, Paul argues that no gift is better
 than any other gift.
Cooperation: A Problem in Corinth
In 12-14, Paul argues that no gift is better
 than any other gift.
The Corinthians see...
Cooperation: A Problem in Corinth
In 12-14, Paul argues that no gift is better
 than any other gift.
The Corinthians see...
Cooperation: A Problem in Corinth
In 12-14, Paul argues that no gift is better
 than any other gift.
The Corinthians see...
Cooperation: A Problem in Corinth
In 12-14, Paul argues that no gift is better
 than any other gift.
The Corinthians see...
Cooperation: A Problem in Corinth
In 12-14, Paul argues that no gift is better
 than any other gift.
The Corinthians see...
Serving Together


ONE DEITY.
ONE DRIVE.
ONE DECIDER.
One Deity
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the
 same Spirit; and there are varieties of
 service, but the same Lord...
Trinity
Paul speaks of ONE Spirit, ONE Lord, &
 ONE God.
Trinity
Paul speaks of ONE Spirit, ONE Lord, &
 ONE God.
  • “I and the Father are one” (Jn 10:30, ESV).
Trinity
Paul speaks of ONE Spirit, ONE Lord, &
 ONE God.
  • “I and the Father are one” (Jn 10:30, ESV).
  • “When the Sp...
Trinity
Paul speaks of ONE Spirit, ONE Lord, &
 ONE God.
  • “I and the Father are one” (Jn 10:30, ESV).
  • “When the Sp...
Trinity
Paul speaks of ONE Spirit, ONE Lord, &
 ONE God.
  • Jn 10:30.
  • Jn 16:13-14.
  • Complete unity in the Godhead...
Varieties of Gifts but One Spirit
“To one is given through the Spirit the
 utterance of wisdom, and to another the
 utter...
Varieties of Gifts
We don‟t know exactly what these gifts
 were.
  • What is the difference in the utterance of
    wisdo...
Varieties of Gifts
We don‟t know exactly what these gifts
 were.
  • What is the difference in the utterance of
    wisdo...
Varieties of Gifts
We don‟t know exactly what these gifts
 were.
  • What is the difference in the utterance of
    wisdo...
Varieties of Gifts
We don‟t know exactly what these gifts
 were.
  • What is the difference in the utterance of
    wisdo...
Varieties of Gifts
We don‟t know exactly what these gifts
 were.
  • What is the difference in the utterance of
    wisdo...
DO WE NOT HAVE A TENDENCY
TO THINK OUR GIFTS ARE
BETTER THAN OTHERS?
Varieties of Service
Word for “service” is a form of the word for
 “deacon.”
Varieties of Service
Word for “service” is a form of the word for
 “deacon.”
We might serve in different ways, but we
 s...
Varieties of Activities
Same God empowers them all.
Varieties of Activities
Same God empowers them all.
The same God works in all our activities.
A. T. Pierson
“Whatever is done for God, without respect
 of its comparative character as related to
 other acts, is serv...
A. T. Pierson
 “The supreme test of service is this: „For whom
  am I doing this?‟ Much that we call service to
  Christ ...
IS THAT A DESCRIPTION OF
OUR SERVICE?
One Drive
“To each is given the manifestation of the
 Spirit for the common good. For to one is
 given through the Spirit...
To Each is Given the Manifestation of the Spirit

The Gr article (“the manifestation”)
 indicates a specific manifestatio...
To Each is Given the Manifestation of the Spirit

The Gr article (“the manifestation”)
 indicates a specific manifestatio...
To Each is Given the Manifestation of the Spirit

The Gr article (“the manifestation”)
 indicates a specific manifestatio...
To Each is Given the Manifestation of the Spirit

The Gr article (“the manifestation”)
 indicates a specific manifestatio...
Manifestation Given to Each
God overlooked no Corinthians in
 distributing his gifts.
Manifestation Given to Each
God overlooked no Corinthians in
 distributing his gifts.
We each have some sort of spiritua...
Spiritual Gifts
“Having gifts that differ according to the
 grace given to us, let us use them: if
 prophecy, in proporti...
Spiritual Gifts of Romans 12
Prophecy is obviously not available today.
Spiritual Gifts of Romans 12
Prophecy is obviously not available today.
However, the other gifts are available: we
 stil...
We Each Have a Gift
“A man [was] going on a journey, [and he]
 called his servants and entrusted to them his
 property. T...
We Each Have a Gift
“A man [was] going on a journey, [and he]
 called his servants and entrusted to them his
 property. T...
We Each Have a Gift (Eph 4:7)
In v 11, Paul mentions four gifts that God
 has given.
We Each Have a Gift (Eph 4:7)
In v 11, Paul mentions four gifts that God
 has given.
Two are unavailable (apostles and p...
For the Common Good
“On the other hand, the one who prophesies
 speaks to people for their upbuilding and
 encouragement ...
Our Gifts: For the Common Good
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve
 one another, as good stewards of God‟s
 var...
Our Gifts: For the Common Good
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve
 one another, as good stewards of God‟s
 var...
Our Gifts: For the Common Good
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve
 one another, as good stewards of God‟s
 var...
Our Gifts: For the Common Good
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve
 one another, as good stewards of God‟s
 var...
ARE YOU USING YOUR GIFTS
FOR YOUR GLORY OR THE
COMMON GOOD?
One Decider
“All these are empowered by one and the
 same Spirit, who apportions to each one
 individually as he wills” (...
One Decider
“All these are empowered by one and the
 same Spirit, who apportions to each one
 individually as he wills” (...
One Decider
“All these are empowered by one and the
 same Spirit, who apportions to each one
 individually as he wills” (...
One Decider
“All these are empowered by one and the
 same Spirit, who apportions to each one
 individually as he wills” (...
Reasonable
None could claim superiority.
Reasonable
None could claim superiority.
God knows far more than I do.
Reasonable
None could claim superiority.
God knows far more than I do.
They are gifts for his honor and glory.
Reasonable
None could claim superiority.
God knows far more than I do.
They are gifts for his honor and glory.
These a...
Reasonable
None could claim superiority.
God knows far more than I do.
They are gifts for his honor and glory.
These a...
Reasonable
None could claim superiority.
God knows far more than I do.
They are gifts for his honor and glory.
These a...
The Spirit’s Gift
“The Spirit and the Bride say, „Come.‟ And
 let the one who hears say, „Come.‟ And let
 the one who is ...
The Spirit’s Gift
“The Spirit and the Bride say, „Come.‟ And
 let the one who hears say, „Come.‟ And let
 the one who is ...
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  1. 1. Serving Together 1 Cor 12:4-11
  2. 2. Iditarod
  3. 3. Serving Together “Moses‟ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword” (Ex 17:12-13, ESV).
  4. 4. Serving Together “From that day on, half of my servants worked on construction, and half held the spears, shields, bows, and coats of mail. And the leaders stood behind the whole house of Judah, who were building on the wall” (Neh 4:16-17a, ESV).
  5. 5. We Cooperate in the Lord’s Work In Search of the Lord’s Way.
  6. 6. We Cooperate in the Lord’s Work In Search of the Lord’s Way. Potter‟s.
  7. 7. We Cooperate in the Lord’s Work In Search of the Lord’s Way. Potter‟s. Surprise Valley.
  8. 8. DO WE COOPERATE, OR DO WE EXPECT OTHERS TO SERVE US?
  9. 9. Cooperation: A Problem in Corinth In 12-14, Paul argues that no gift is better than any other gift.
  10. 10. Cooperation: A Problem in Corinth In 12-14, Paul argues that no gift is better than any other gift. The Corinthians seem to have thought that speaking in tongues was better than every other gift.
  11. 11. Cooperation: A Problem in Corinth In 12-14, Paul argues that no gift is better than any other gift. The Corinthians seem to have thought that speaking in tongues was better than every other gift. • No spirit of cooperation.
  12. 12. Cooperation: A Problem in Corinth In 12-14, Paul argues that no gift is better than any other gift. The Corinthians seem to have thought that speaking in tongues was better than every other gift. • No spirit of cooperation. Paul says that no gift is better than any other.
  13. 13. Cooperation: A Problem in Corinth In 12-14, Paul argues that no gift is better than any other gift. The Corinthians seem to have thought that speaking in tongues was better than every other gift. • No spirit of cooperation. Paul says that no gift is better than any other. The Corinthians seem to have thought that speaking in tongues was better than every other gift.
  14. 14. Cooperation: A Problem in Corinth In 12-14, Paul argues that no gift is better than any other gift. The Corinthians seem to have thought that speaking in tongues was better than every other gift. • No spirit of cooperation. • Paul argues for the unity of gifts.
  15. 15. Serving Together ONE DEITY. ONE DRIVE. ONE DECIDER.
  16. 16. One Deity “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone” (vv 4- 6, ESV).
  17. 17. Trinity Paul speaks of ONE Spirit, ONE Lord, & ONE God.
  18. 18. Trinity Paul speaks of ONE Spirit, ONE Lord, & ONE God. • “I and the Father are one” (Jn 10:30, ESV).
  19. 19. Trinity Paul speaks of ONE Spirit, ONE Lord, & ONE God. • “I and the Father are one” (Jn 10:30, ESV). • “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak . . . . He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you” (Jn 16:13- 14, ESV).
  20. 20. Trinity Paul speaks of ONE Spirit, ONE Lord, & ONE God. • “I and the Father are one” (Jn 10:30, ESV). • “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak . . . . He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you” (Jn 16:13- 14, ESV). • Complete unity in the Godhead.
  21. 21. Trinity Paul speaks of ONE Spirit, ONE Lord, & ONE God. • Jn 10:30. • Jn 16:13-14. • Complete unity in the Godhead. Paul: “Because the God who gives these gifts is unified, you, in using his gifts, need to be unified.”
  22. 22. Varieties of Gifts but One Spirit “To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues” (vv 8-10, ESV).
  23. 23. Varieties of Gifts We don‟t know exactly what these gifts were. • What is the difference in the utterance of wisdom and the utterance of knowledge?
  24. 24. Varieties of Gifts We don‟t know exactly what these gifts were. • What is the difference in the utterance of wisdom and the utterance of knowledge? • How did those gifts differ from prophecy?
  25. 25. Varieties of Gifts We don‟t know exactly what these gifts were. • What is the difference in the utterance of wisdom and the utterance of knowledge? • How did those gifts differ from prophecy? • What is the gift of faith, and how was it used?
  26. 26. Varieties of Gifts We don‟t know exactly what these gifts were. • What is the difference in the utterance of wisdom and the utterance of knowledge? • How did those gifts differ from prophecy? • What is the gift of faith, and how was it used? That‟s not important.
  27. 27. Varieties of Gifts We don‟t know exactly what these gifts were. • What is the difference in the utterance of wisdom and the utterance of knowledge? • How did those gifts differ from prophecy? • What is the gift of faith, and how was it used? That‟s not important. IMPORTANT: These gifts come from the same Spirit.
  28. 28. DO WE NOT HAVE A TENDENCY TO THINK OUR GIFTS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS?
  29. 29. Varieties of Service Word for “service” is a form of the word for “deacon.”
  30. 30. Varieties of Service Word for “service” is a form of the word for “deacon.” We might serve in different ways, but we serve the same Lord.
  31. 31. Varieties of Activities Same God empowers them all.
  32. 32. Varieties of Activities Same God empowers them all. The same God works in all our activities.
  33. 33. A. T. Pierson “Whatever is done for God, without respect of its comparative character as related to other acts, is service, and only that is service. Service is, comprehensively speaking, doing the will of God. He is the object. All is for Him, for His sake, as unto the Lord, not as unto man. Hence, even the humblest act of humblest discipline acquires a certain divine quality by its being done with reference to Him.
  34. 34. A. T. Pierson  “The supreme test of service is this: „For whom am I doing this?‟ Much that we call service to Christ is not such at all . . . . If we are doing this for Christ, we shall not care for human reward or even recognition. Our work must again be tested by three propositions: Is it work from God, as given us to do from Him; for God, as finding in Him its secret of power; and with God, as only a part of His work in which we engage as co- workers with Him.”
  35. 35. IS THAT A DESCRIPTION OF OUR SERVICE?
  36. 36. One Drive “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues” (vv 7-10, ESV).
  37. 37. To Each is Given the Manifestation of the Spirit The Gr article (“the manifestation”) indicates a specific manifestation.
  38. 38. To Each is Given the Manifestation of the Spirit The Gr article (“the manifestation”) indicates a specific manifestation. • Even though the Corinthians had different gifts, they had the same manifestation of the Spirit.
  39. 39. To Each is Given the Manifestation of the Spirit The Gr article (“the manifestation”) indicates a specific manifestation. • Even though the Corinthians had different gifts, they had the same manifestation of the Spirit. • The gifts had the same source, the same power, and the same purpose.
  40. 40. To Each is Given the Manifestation of the Spirit The Gr article (“the manifestation”) indicates a specific manifestation. • Even though the Corinthians had different gifts, they had the same manifestation of the Spirit. • The gifts had the same source, the same power, and the same purpose. Regardless of what gift we have, God is working through us.
  41. 41. Manifestation Given to Each God overlooked no Corinthians in distributing his gifts.
  42. 42. Manifestation Given to Each God overlooked no Corinthians in distributing his gifts. We each have some sort of spiritual gift.
  43. 43. Spiritual Gifts “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in his generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness” (Rm 12:6-8, ESV).
  44. 44. Spiritual Gifts of Romans 12 Prophecy is obviously not available today.
  45. 45. Spiritual Gifts of Romans 12 Prophecy is obviously not available today. However, the other gifts are available: we still have servers, teachers, exhorters, etc.
  46. 46. We Each Have a Gift “A man [was] going on a journey, [and he] called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability” (Mt 25:14-15, ESV).
  47. 47. We Each Have a Gift “A man [was] going on a journey, [and he] called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability” (Mt 25:14-15, ESV). “Grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ‟s gift” (Eph 4:7, ESV).
  48. 48. We Each Have a Gift (Eph 4:7) In v 11, Paul mentions four gifts that God has given.
  49. 49. We Each Have a Gift (Eph 4:7) In v 11, Paul mentions four gifts that God has given. Two are unavailable (apostles and prophets) and two are still available (evangelists and teaching-shepherds).
  50. 50. For the Common Good “On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation” (1 Cor 14:3, ESV).
  51. 51. Our Gifts: For the Common Good “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God‟s varied grace” (1 Pt 4:10, ESV).
  52. 52. Our Gifts: For the Common Good “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God‟s varied grace” (1 Pt 4:10, ESV). • Not like Simon and seek gifts for my profit.
  53. 53. Our Gifts: For the Common Good “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God‟s varied grace” (1 Pt 4:10, ESV). • Not like Simon and seek gifts for my profit. • Not like Ananias and Sapphira and use gifts for my own glory.
  54. 54. Our Gifts: For the Common Good “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God‟s varied grace” (1 Pt 4:10, ESV). • Not like Simon and seek gifts for my profit. • Not like Ananias and Sapphira and use gifts for my own glory. • Not like the Corinthians and use gifts to look better than others.
  55. 55. ARE YOU USING YOUR GIFTS FOR YOUR GLORY OR THE COMMON GOOD?
  56. 56. One Decider “All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills” (v 11, ESV).
  57. 57. One Decider “All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills” (v 11, ESV). The Spirit alone decides what gifts I get.
  58. 58. One Decider “All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills” (v 11, ESV). The Spirit alone decides what gifts I get. • Pentecostalism: “You must speak in tongues to be a Christian.”
  59. 59. One Decider “All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills” (v 11, ESV). The Spirit alone decides what gifts I get. • Pentecostalism: “You must speak in tongues to be a Christian.” • Even if miraculous gifts were still available, the Spirit gives gifts according to his will.
  60. 60. Reasonable None could claim superiority.
  61. 61. Reasonable None could claim superiority. God knows far more than I do.
  62. 62. Reasonable None could claim superiority. God knows far more than I do. They are gifts for his honor and glory.
  63. 63. Reasonable None could claim superiority. God knows far more than I do. They are gifts for his honor and glory. These are gifts for the common good.
  64. 64. Reasonable None could claim superiority. God knows far more than I do. They are gifts for his honor and glory. These are gifts for the common good. • Rest of the chapter: Human body.
  65. 65. Reasonable None could claim superiority. God knows far more than I do. They are gifts for his honor and glory. These are gifts for the common good. • Rest of the chapter: Human body. • If we all wanted and received the same gift, we would be sorely disadvantaged.
  66. 66. The Spirit’s Gift “The Spirit and the Bride say, „Come.‟ And let the one who hears say, „Come.‟ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price” (Rv 22:17, ESV).
  67. 67. The Spirit’s Gift “The Spirit and the Bride say, „Come.‟ And let the one who hears say, „Come.‟ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price” (Rv 22:17, ESV). Will you receive that living and free water this day?
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