May 18, 2022
Spiritual Body Building Listen on Mixlr @ http://mixlr.com/pastorgbcsl My Radio Stream @ http://s36.myradiostream.com:21402/listen.mp3 Watch us on You Tube Live @ htttp://www.youtube.com/gracechurch-slus/live Grace Baptist Church Podcast https://podpoint.com/grace-baptist-church-of-second-life-podcast
I. If it doesn't point to Jesus, it's not a gift (1 Cor. 12:1-3)
Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
A. The believers who possessed only the gift of tongues.
B. The believers who possessed other gifts but not tongues.
C. The believers who thought they don’t have any gifts at all.
"If a religious experience does not honor Christ as Lord, then it is not from the Spirit."
II. If it doesn't benefit the body, it's not a gift (1 Cor. 12:7-11)
7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
III. If the body isn't coordinated, it isn't effective (1 Cor. 12:13-26)
13 For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
At the end of the day, the one thing that makes a church more than just a bunch of talented people is the death and resurrection of Chris
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