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Introduction.  

This study seeks to define what a Spirit filled local church actually is, and to get you to be a part of it. There are competing definitions and methods for how to define it, but which one is right? What if we look to the Bible alone to answer this question, and what if, in finding the answers in Scripture, we do the things God has called us to do individually? Would we find ourselves to be a part of a Spirit filled church? Make sure you go to God in prayer first. 

AUDIO VERSION

SERMON TITLE: The Spirit Filled Church

SPEAKER: Jeremy Little

TEXTS: I Corinthians 12:4-7, 11, 14-21; I Peter 4:10-11

SUPPLEMENTAL: Exodus 31:1-6; I Corinthians 12:8-10, 28; Romans 12:3-8; Ephesians 4:11

SUPPLIES: Notebook, Pen or Pencil, Bible, and a Concordance would help you greatly

INTRODUCTION.

This study seeks to define what a Spirit filled local church actually is, and to get you to be a part of it. There are competing definitions and methods for how to define it, but which one is right? What if we look to the Bible alone to answer this question, and what if, in finding the answers in Scripture, we do the things God has called us to do individually? Would we find ourselves to be a part of a Spirit filled church? Make sure you go to God in prayer first.

DISCUSSION.

  • What have you heard people say is a “Spirit filled church” in your experience?
  • How have the traditions of mankind formed popular beliefs about a Spirit filled church?
  • What are those traditions based on, and is it a good basis to define a Spirit filled church? 

EXAMINATION.

Carefully read and write down observations in I Corinthians 12:4-7, 11.

  • What is the definition of “gift” in verse 7?
  • How are the gifts distributed?
  • Does every believer receive a gift?
  • What is the purpose of these gifts?

Carefully read and write down observations in I Corinthians 12:14-21

  • What are some of the pitfalls that people fall into with their gifts and ministry versus other people’s gifts and ministries?
  • What is the proper attitude that we are called to have with respect to other people’s gifts and ministries?

Carefully read and write down observations in I Peter 4:10-11

  • What other attitudes should you have as you use your gift?
  • How should you approach using your gift?
  • Who is glorified for your job well done?

Supplemental (extra credit) Read Ex 31:1-6; I Cor 12:8-10, 28; Rom 12:3-8; & Eph 4:11

  • List out all the gifts that you find in these verses.
  • Use a concordance to find the definitions of the Greek words for each gift. It might help to divide and conquer.
  • Discuss the various definitions of the gifts. 

APPLICATION.

  • What is your Spiritual gift?
  • What are you passionate about no matter how “small” or how “large?”
  • What are you skilled at doing no matter how “small” or how “great?”
  • Is there a ministry that you are interested in joining or possibly even starting?
  • If you are in a ministry, are you certain you are in the right place, or might God be calling you to a different ministry?
  • If you don’t know what your gift is, you really need to look at the supplemental texts, and the definitions of the Greek words for each gift. Here is a hint for where you belong: the sweet spot is the intersection of your gifting, your skills (competency), your passion (preference), and your commitment level to it. Find those four things and you will know where to get plugged in.
  • Don’t forget the 4D’s: Discover your gift, Dedicate your gift to God, Develop your gift, and Deploy your gift.

 

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