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There have always been many voices saying “This is the way to know God.” Today’s media explosion has created more voices and more confusion. Why then another? Personal connection with other believers cannot be replaced by the mass media. It is much more satisfying to have a deep spiritual relationship with ten believers than to be in a crowd of ten thousand. Every individual is important to God, and His plan involves each one in a very real way. There are things that are important to God that can only take place in close personal relationships. Our purpose is to share truth to help strengthen your relationship with God and with other believers in your locality. The goal of God is to build a family of His children together in love, walking in truth. Personal submission and obedience to Christ will bring conformity of each member to Christ, and a growing expression of the nature of God in a local gathering. The testimony going out to the world around will be as a “light set on a hill that cannot be hidden” and “the pillar and ground of the truth.”
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Dec 8, 2016

Episode 55 Spiritual Gifts


I think that most of us are aware that there is considerable disagreement in Christianity concerning the place that spiritual gifts hold in the church today. That is certainly unfortunate to say the least. What is the purpose of these gifts? Are they for us today? So many seem to have either dismissed spiritual gifts saying they were only for the early church while others have pursued them but ignored the instruction given by Paul to ensure that all are edified by their use. Why is there so much confusion? Can we come to a place of clarity on this subject? Can we partake of all of God’s provision for His purpose and glory?


• The Holy Spirit in Acts is the same for us today
o The Bible does not replace the Holy Spirit
o God is a supernatural God
o Every provision of God is for a specific purpose
• Spiritual gifts are given to each one for the profit of all (I Cor. 12:1-11)
o All members may experience the manifestation of the Spirit
o The Holy Spirit distributes “as He wills”
o The experience of God’s provision is under the authority of Christ
• We are to desire “spirituals” and pursue love (I Cor. 14:1)
o Prophecy is identified as a focus for edification, exhortation, and comfort
o Love is not a special gift but rather how the gifts should be exercised
• The Corinthian church is not the “model church” of the New Testament
o God was active in their midst to minister to needs
o Paul’s ministry was primarily to “set things in order” for edification
o Paul’s grace was needed to meet the needs that gifts had not met
• What we can learn from the experience of the Corinthians
o Spirituals have not passed away
o We need all of God’s provision to achieve God’s results
o We will experience the provision of God as we “desire”
o In all things, we experience God as we walk in faith
o We always learn through consistent exercise (experience)

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• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com