This week on 'The Hal Lindsey Report'
This week, I conclude my series called, "Finding Your Gift."
To quickly review: The Bible tells us that when we are born again into God's family, we all receive at least one spiritual "gift." Simply put, a spiritual "gift" is a God-given supernatural ability. We are given these "gifts" to enable us to accomplish God's calling in our lives.
As we grow closer to the end of the Age and it becomes more difficult to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the public square, it is increasingly important that we learn how to effectively exercise the individual gifts and abilities that God has bestowed upon each of us. In fact, the Apostle Peter, in 1 Peter 4, declared that as the end of all things grows near, and since each one of us has received a special gift, we are to "employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Whoever speaks, let him speak as it were the utterances of God; whoever serves, let him do so as by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ...."
But the individual spiritual gifts are also extremely important to the local church and to the church at-large. It is through the operation of the gifts such as Apostle, Evangelist, Prophet, Teacher, and others, that the early church was established and grew and spread throughout the world. Those same gifts are present in the church today and still vitally important!
But don't make the mistake of thinking that only the "headline-grabbing" gifts are important. God does not value one gift above another. This week, I'll discuss the three categories of gifts: Speaking Gifts, Authentication Gifts, and Serving and Ministering Gifts. I'll also go through the 17 different gifts described in the Bible and show you how each are vital to the church today and to individual Christians, as well.
My prayer is that God will help you discover, understand, and develop your spiritual gift. Remember, there is no gift that is insignificant. We are all important to the Body of Christ.
Once again, I encourage you: Don't waste any more time thinking there's nothing you can contribute to God's kingdom. You have been specially "gifted" and empowered for these final days!
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