Sermon Study Notes: The Gifts of the Spirit

Due to a technical difficulty, we do not have a podcast recording of this week's sermon on the the gifts of the Spirit. However, we still invite you to study 1 Corinthians 12 and the other texts that we looked at together on Sunday.

We recognize that some portions of these passages can be controversial and that there are members of our congregation who differ in their views on spiritual gifts. We invite you to view this as the start of an ongoing conversation about gifts. Remember to discuss this topic among your brothers and sisters with charity and humility, especially if they hold a viewpoint that is different than your own.

Sermon text:

1 Corinthians 12:1-31

Other readings:

  • 1 Corinthians 13:1-10

  • Revelation 2, 3

Application Questions

  • Pastor Joseph stated that "God manifests spiritual gifts in a way that makes us interdependent on one another." How can you better serve the church with the gifts you have been given?

  • Your gifts are vital to the thriving of other members of the body. How does this affect the way that you view gathered worship on Sundays and Home Group gatherings? 

  • In both your sorrow and your rejoicing, being present with the body of Christ in the local church is important. God uses the local church to minister to His people. When have you been tempted to pull away from the local church? How can you use the truths about spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12 to fight that temptation?

  • How do the gifts you have been given help to proclaim the love of Jesus to others both inside and outside the church? 

Spiritual gifts were given to the church that we might love one another in a way that reflects the love of Christ to the world. 

Providence's Statement of Faith in regards to Gifts of the Spirit: Read full Statement of Faith here

The gifts of the Holy Spirit that we see exercised in the Scriptures have not ceased with the death of the last Apostle or the closing of the New Testament canon. They are available today and are to be eagerly desired and practiced in submission to the Spirit under the authority of Scripture. All of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for the edification of the body of Christ and should function according to what is decent and in order.

[Romans 12:6-8; 1 Thessalonians 5:19-20; 1 Corinthians 12:7; Ephesians 4:11-13; 1 Corinthians 13:8-12]

Our prayer is that this sermon study guide will help you in your spiritual growth. As you read and pray through these passages, we encourage you to take your study into community as well. Talk to your friends and family about what you are learning and make sharing your faith by the power of the Holy Spirit a part of your growth in Him.

These songs are fitting to help you pray and sing through what we are learning about the Holy Spirit and to accompany your reading and personal reflection. Click here to access the playlist on Spotify. Click here to access the playlist on iTunes.