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The Gift That Keeps On Giving

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December 13, 2020
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Dr. Jack Graham's mission is to glorify God by introducing Jesus Christ to as Lord to all people.

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  • We talked the last timeabout the filling of the Spirit,
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  • how we're to live and walk inthe Spirit, under the control of
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  • the Holy Spirit who is residentin our lives, that He is real in
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  • our lives and therefore, Heshould be always relevant day
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  • after day. And the way toexperience Christmas every day
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  • of your life, the realChristmas... is Christ in you,
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  • the Spirit of God. So turn inyour Bibles to the book of
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  • Romans, chapter 12, 4) For as inone body we have many members,
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  • and the members do not all havethe same function, 5) so we,
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  • though many, are one body inChrist, and individually members
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  • of one another. 6) Having giftsthat differ according to the
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  • grace that is given to us... Andthen he mentions several gifts
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  • of the Holy Spirit. This is notan all-inclusive list, but it is
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  • suggestive of the kinds of giftsthat we possess. 6) ... if
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  • prophecy, in proportion to ourfaith; 7) if service, in our
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  • serving; the one who teaches, inhis teaching; 8) the one who
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  • exhorts (or encourages), in hisexhortation; the one who
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  • contributes, in generosity; theone who leads, with zeal; and
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  • the one who does acts of mercy,with cheerfulness. Again, turn
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  • in your Bibles to 1 Peterchapter 4... 1 Peter chapter 4
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  • and the tenth and eleventhverses: 10) As each has received
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  • a gift, use it to serve oneanother, as good stewards of
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  • God's varied grace:... (and moregifts are exchanged here) 11)
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  • whoever speaks, as one whospeaks oracles of God; whoever
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  • serves, as one who serves by thestrength that God supplies-in
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  • order that in everything God maybe glorified through Jesus
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  • Christ. To him belong glory anddominion forever and ever. Amen.
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  • Now, gifts glorify God, becausethese gifts come from God,
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  • delivered by the Holy Spirit.And I have three important
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  • points to make today, and Iwould encourage you to write
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  • these down. Number one, you area gifted child. When Christ was
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  • born shepherds and wisemen andothers came, bringing gifts to
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  • worship the King, to glorify theKing at the birth of Christ. He
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  • was born so that we could beborn again. And in keeping with
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  • the gifts that were given thatfirst Christmas, when we are
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  • born again... when we experiencea spiritual birthday and are
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  • born into the family of God,then we are also given gifts.
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  • Just as Jesus was given gifts inHis birth, in our birth in
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  • Christ we now have these giftsdelivered by the Holy Spirit.
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  • And every Christian... everychild of God... every member of
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  • the family of God has been givena gift or gifts... spiritual
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  • endowments, enrichments,manifestations, ministries in
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  • order that we may serve God andglorify God. The gifts are for
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  • the glory of God, never for theglory of man! And we've learned
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  • by... because of the work of theHoly Spirit in our lives that
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  • God will enable each one of usand equip you to serve Him... to
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  • serve Christ. And when we areavailable and usable, God will
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  • help each one of us to discoverour call in life, our mission in
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  • life. Your job is what you arepaid to do; your ministry is
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  • what you are called to do, whatyou are made by God to do. God
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  • works in our salvation, and thencommands us to work out that
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  • salvation. And having consideredthe power of the Spirit, the
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  • empowerment of the Spirit withinus, His power at work in us, now
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  • it's time to look at Hisgifting. He has supernaturally
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  • equipped each one of us, everyborn-again child of God for the
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  • purpose of serving Him; buildingup and growing the family of God
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  • and bringing glory to God. Andyou, child of God, are gifted by
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  • the Holy Spirit. You are agifted child and these are the
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  • gifts that He gives to us atsalvation. Therefore, they are
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  • salvation gifts. They're alsospiritual gifts. Not natural
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  • talents or abilities, though ourtalents and our gifts are often
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  • converging. But these arespiritual gifts, not natural
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  • talent. These are salvationgifts, these are sovereign
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  • gifts. In other words, these aregifts that are decided...
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  • discerned by God Himself whogives the gifts. It will do you
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  • no good whatsoever to pound yourhead on the floor and demand
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  • some gift from God. That wouldbe like, you know, so many
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  • Christmases today I get a listnow from the family, you know.
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  • Amazon lists, and others. Nosurprise anymore. Old dad
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  • doesn't get to decide what thegifts are. But God does... our
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  • Father... decide what the giftsthat He gives that we receive.
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  • So these are sovereign gifts,these are selected gifts and
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  • these are service gifts. Inother words, that we may serve
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  • God. These are ministry giftsthat are given today for
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  • believers in the body of Christ.I just briefly identified them.
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  • Look again in your text.Prophecy. That's not
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  • foretelling, as it isforthtelling; it's the preaching
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  • gift. It's the proclamationgift. That gift is a gift of the
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  • Holy Spirit. When God called meto be a preacher, I was a young
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  • man... a teenager. But it wasn'tbecause God looked down and saw
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  • that I was such a giftedperson... talented person. You
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  • know I sold popcorn and peanutsover at the Cotton Bowl when the
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  • Cowboys first came to town inthe early 1960's. And I was out
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  • there, shouting peanuts andpopcorn and, you know, I think I
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  • got my preacher voice out thereat the stadium when I was about
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  • 13-14 years old. My dad woulddrop me off at the stadium and I
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  • would stay and sell enoughpopcorn so I could sit down and
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  • watch the second half. And...you could get fired for doing
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  • that but nevertheless, that wasmy... one of my first jobs, and
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  • over there selling popcorn inthe stadium. And I was just
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  • thinking: that's how long I'vebeen a Cowboy fan. I'm sort of
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  • like at this point like the guywho said when I die, I want six
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  • Dallas Cowboys to be my pallbearers. They said, "What on
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  • earth!" He said, Yeah, I wantthose guys to let me down one
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  • last time." [laughter] [chuckle]You may not remember this
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  • message but you'll remember thatjoke! [laughter] Probably by
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  • this afternoon. [laughter] Seewhat I tell you? You got to be
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  • mentally tough these days to bea Cowboy fan. That's for sure.
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  • Well... But it wasn't as thoughGod looked down from heaven and
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  • saw a 13-year-old boy and said,"Boy, that guy's got a great
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  • voice! That kid's fired up! Hecan sell popcorn; maybe he can
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  • sell Jesus!" No, that's not howit happened. God wasn't looking
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  • for some superstar. God sawsomeone, a little boy, a young
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  • man that he could use and giftedme to do what God has gifted me
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  • to do. And what He's done forme, He's does for you, because
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  • you also are gifted by the HolySpirit, if you are a child of
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  • God. So not everyone is apreacher. So you may not have
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  • the gift of prophecy but there'sservice in verse 7. That's also
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  • called the gift of helps or thegift of ministry. And this is a
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  • very important gift because weneed so many helpers to serve
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  • Christ, who are willing to standbeside... maybe not platform
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  • people or public people, butgodly, dedicated people who are
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  • serving the Lord in ways thathonor and glorify God, and build
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  • up the church. Then there'steaching... there's the teaching
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  • gift. That's the ability toexplain the Scripture and apply
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  • the Scripture. The ability thatsome people have... this
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  • spiritual ability, not just toteach science but to teach the
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  • Scripture. And they have thishigh aptitude to deliver the
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  • Word of God and help people growin their faith. That's teaching,
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  • and oh, how we need the teachingministry in the church today.
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  • Then the one who exhorts, that'sthe gift of exhortation. This is
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  • also called the gift ofencouragement. Thank God for the
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  • people in the church who arealways encouraging. There are
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  • many critics, but thank God forthe encouragers. And then the
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  • one who contributes ingenerosity; that's the gift of
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  • giving. Now as in all cases,everyone is to teach, everyone
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  • is to preach, everyone is tohelp, everyone is to encourage.
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  • You have scriptures on this.Everyone is to give... we know
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  • that, but there are certainpeople who are gifted to give.
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  • They may be gifted actually tomake money and give away that
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  • money. Or they may not have muchmoney at all, but they have a
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  • great passion to see the Gospelproclaimed to the ends of the
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  • earth, the church to be blessed.So, even though they don't have
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  • a lot of money, they're giftedto give, so they give their
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  • time, their talent, theirtreasure. They give their money;
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  • they give their ministry. It'sthe gift of giving. And then
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  • there's the one who leads,that's the gift of
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  • administration. Be grateful forpeople who have the gift of
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  • organizing and administratingspiritual organization. And the
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  • body of Christ is always to beaccomplished in decency and in
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  • order. And this is anorganization. Like a body it is
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  • organized, and so we need peopleto organize groups and organize
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  • ministries and organize classesand so on. And to lead! So some
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  • people are gifted to lead, toadministrate. And they're to do
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  • that with zeal and passion. Andthen the one who does acts of
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  • mercy. This is the mercy gift.What a beautiful gift, and such,
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  • a needed gift to comfort andconsole. And not to do it with a
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  • sad face but notice, withcheerfulness. You don't want to
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  • be like an advance agent to theundertaker when you walk into
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  • somebody's hospital room. Thegift of mercy brings
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  • cheerfulness and happiness andmerciful graces to people all
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  • around. It's an entire studyseries on these various gifts.
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  • But I just briefly point theseout to you, to say, one of
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  • these, or among these... theselarger categories, you are
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  • gifted to serve God.
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  • [Music]
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  • This year has been filled with
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  • so much chaos, uncertainty,fear, heartache, hurt,
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  • brokenness and so many people'slives and in our nation. And we
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  • must wonder with all this hurtand with all this pain, what's
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  • next? What's going to happennow? Well one thing is sure and
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  • that is God's word and themessage of the gospel. During
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  • this time I've had the privilegeof speaking and sharing the love
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  • of God and the transformingpower of Jesus Christ. I've
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  • spoken of topics likeforgiveness and overcoming fear
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  • and anxiety and issues of thefamily and of course always
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  • faith, our faith in JesusChrist. At the core of each one
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  • of these messages is one thing:the power of Jesus, the power of
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  • His word, the power of thegospel to transform our lives.
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  • The remedy for us and for ournation the world... the fix for
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  • for this fallen society isJesus. Jesus came to earth so
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  • that we could go to heaven whenwe die but He also came so that
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  • we might live full and completeand abundant lives. To break the
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  • power of sin so that we couldexperience joyous hope in our
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  • lives right now. And how do wedo that? By the power of His
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  • Spirit in obedience to His word.And we want to show you how you
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  • can live a more abundant andfruitful life for Christ by
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  • sending you 10 powerful sermonsfrom this year together in one
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  • CD set called, THE BEST OF 2020.These 10 encouraging messages
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  • 'till the whole world hears.Point number one, you're a
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  • gifted child. Point number two,everybody is somebody in His
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  • body. And that's why we're toldonce again in Romans 12... Look
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  • at it in verses 4 and 5. Pauluses the illustration of the
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  • physical body to describe thechurch body, the body of Christ.
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  • One body, many members and themembers do not have the same
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  • function. Just as your physicalbody has various members, body
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  • parts... and each one has afunction, some private, some
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  • public. Everyone, therefore, hasa place... a membership in the
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  • body of Christ. A role, aresponsibility, a function as
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  • active members. The NewTestament church really had no
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  • concept of inactive members. Butrather, every member, a
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  • minister. We like to say thathere at Prestonwood. Every
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  • member, a minister! It doesn'tmean that every member is a
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  • pastor, a shepherd leader of thechurch, but that every member of
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  • the church has a responsibilityto serve God and to exercise
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  • these spiritual gifts inspiritual ministry to, again,
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  • glorify God, grow the church.Every member a minister! Now not
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  • every member is a pastor, as Isaid. In fact, look in Ephesians
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  • chapter 4, verses 11 through 13.Speaking of gifts, God has
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  • gifted certain people to leadthe church. These are the gifted
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  • "apostles and prophets (verse11) evangelists, shepherds
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  • (that's the pastor) andteachers." And so what is the
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  • evangelist, the shepherd, theteacher to do in the church?
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  • What am I supposed to do? "...toequip the saints for the work of
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  • ministry, for building up thebody of Christ, until we all
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  • attain to the unity of faith andof the knowledge of the Son of
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  • God, to mature manhood". So thegoal in the body of Christ in
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  • the church in ministry is unityand maturity. "and the measure
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  • of the stature of the fullnessof Christ." That as a body we
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  • would look like Christ. Rememberthe passage we talked about
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  • earlier on the coming of thepromise of the Holy Spirit?
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  • Jesus said, [John 16:7] "WhenI'm gone, the Comforter will
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  • come." And He said, [John 14:12]"Greater works than I have done
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  • will you do." Jesus was focusingthen on the future with the
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  • church and the church, His bodyon earth... you and me and
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  • churches everywhere with Christas the head, as we are doing
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  • work around the world andthrough the centuries. And the
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  • great works and the greatwitness of the Gospel of Christ
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  • who's the body of Christ in thefullness of the Holy Spirit.
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  • That's what He's talking about.So I have, as your pastor, along
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  • with our associate ministers andpastors and teaching pastors,
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  • and all the rest... it's ourgoal to help you discover,
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  • develop, and deploy yourspiritual gifts for the work of
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  • the ministry. The reasons thatso many churches fail is you've
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  • got so few people actuallyfunctioning in the body and the
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  • building of the body in thechurch. You've got 20% doing 80%
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  • of the work, 20% giving 80% ofthe money, 20% offering 80% of
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  • the ministry. And that is nothow the church of the Lord Jesus
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  • is to function. When I was ayoung pastor, just out of
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  • college, really still inseminary. I began to study the
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  • church and the kind of pastorthat I wanted to be. And as I
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  • studied my Bible I realized if Iwant to be a pastor... yes, I'm
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  • going to preach, yes, I'm goingto evangelize, but the goal is
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  • exactly what you've read here inEphesians for me to equip God's
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  • people to be evangelists, toequip God's church to grow in
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  • faith and teach God's people, toequip God's people to enjoy
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  • their gift, exercise those giftsand engage those gifts in
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  • ministry so that it's not justme, not just let the
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  • professionals do it, or thepreacher do it. It's not the man
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  • behind the pulpit; it's thepeople in the pews that lead and
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  • govern the church! One finalpoint, unwrap your gifts and use
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  • them to the glory of God. So,the question is how do you
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  • discover and then deploy yourspiritual gifts? How do you find
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  • out? Well, there are variousways you can discover your
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  • spiritual gifts and, again,that's a full message series.
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  • But I want to give you a seriesof words and hang some thoughts
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  • on these words that will helpyou understand how you can go
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  • about getting to know your giftsand using them. The first word
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  • is affinities... affinities.Those things that are favorable,
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  • those things that you like todo, those things that you enjoy
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  • doing. Don't think that the willof God is something you have to
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  • endure. The will of God in yourlife is something you enjoy and
  • 00:20:13.468 --> 00:20:16.204
  • so are the gifts of God. Sothere are certain affinities
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  • that you have, certaininterests... let's put it that
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  • way, just certain interests invarious... Again, we're talking
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  • about meeting people's needs.We're talking about serving in
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  • the church, we're talking aboutdoing God's work. So you have...
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  • if you're walking in theSpirit... if you are full of the
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  • Spirit, you have theseaffinities. Secondly, you do
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  • have abilities. What are yourabilities? Start with your
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  • natural talent. Now I told youearlier gifts and talents are
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  • not the same. Natural talentsand supernatural spiritual gifts
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  • are... are different. Butthere's often, (I've observed
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  • over the years) a convergentwith a person's natural
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  • abilities and personalities thatconnect them with their gift. So
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  • as you look at your own life...in fact in Romans 12 earlier,
  • 00:21:04.386 --> 00:21:09.324
  • the Apostle Paul talked aboutpresenting your body as a living
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  • sacrifice for God and then hesaid, "Don't think of yourself
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  • more highly than you ought tothink, but think soberly about
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  • yourself." So that means, youknow, think about your own
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  • ability, your own affinity. Whatdo you enjoy doing? What can you
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  • do? Some, God has given you anatural affinity... an ability
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  • with money, in administration.Others, with... with service of
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  • some kind. You... you're a hardworker. I could go on and on.
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  • Then affections. The next wordis affections. What does your
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  • heart tell you to do? What isyour spiritual sweet spot, if
  • 00:21:44.126 --> 00:21:49.731
  • you will? When you do this...you know, your gifts... if
  • 00:21:49.765 --> 00:21:53.535
  • you're serving Christ andoperating in your gifts you
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  • shouldn't burn out, you shouldburn on. A lot of people burn
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  • out in ministry because they'reoperating outside their gift and
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  • they're doing stuff that Godnever called them or commanded
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  • them to do in the work. And sowhat are your affections? What
  • 00:22:09.251 --> 00:22:12.421
  • are your loves as well as yourlikes? What does your heart tell
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  • you to do? And then activitiesis the next thing. Second
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  • Timothy 1:6 says, "Fan intoflame the gift of God." Or
  • 00:22:21.630 --> 00:22:26.968
  • another way it's translated..."stir up the gift that is in
  • 00:22:27.002 --> 00:22:29.838
  • you." Like coals in a fire. Soyou have this gift... it's
  • 00:22:29.871 --> 00:22:33.141
  • dormant in your life, but maybethe coals have been burning low,
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  • and you need to stir up theSpirit of God in your life.
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  • Don't quench the Holy Spirit,the Bible says. And so as you
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  • fan the flame, as you stir upthe gift of God, you do it by...
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  • by actually doing things. Startby obeying God right where you
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  • are. Do the thing that's rightin front of you. Don't wait
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  • until someone asks you, butbegin serving the Lord. Pitch in
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  • and help. And you can in somelevel...even by the process of
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  • elimination, those things thatlight you up and those things
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  • that drain you and maybe depleteyou as compared to what fills
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  • you and uses you. These are theactivities. So start doing some
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  • things. Have you noticed thatGod uses busy people? It's true.
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  • And when you give your time,your talent to the Lord... when
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  • you serve the Lord first and putHim first in your life, you'll
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  • find that your time, if you willmanage it well, and even the
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  • miracles that take place in yourlife, you'll see that you do
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  • have time. There's really noexcuse not to serve God. Fan the
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  • flames, get active, get... getbusy. Do God's will today. A lot
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  • of people are interested inGod's will on a mission field;
  • 00:23:48.817 --> 00:23:51.553
  • we can't get them across thestreet to tell somebody about
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  • Jesus. But we... people want togo on some mission trip
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  • somewhere and that's wonderful.I hope you'll go on a mission
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  • trip, but... yet we have troublegetting people to serve in the
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  • nursery. They want to go on amission trip but won't serve in
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  • the nursery. I don't get that!So everyone can serve in some
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  • way, and so start serving andsee how God uses you. And then
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  • the next one and the last one isaffirmation. When you are
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  • serving the Lord, people willaffirm you, people will
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  • encourage you. Somebody who's anencourager... has that gift,
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  • will come along and say to you,"Man, you're doing an incredible
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  • job. You are unbelievable atthis. Thank you for serving in
  • 00:24:29.724 --> 00:24:33.895
  • this way," and so on. Maybe apastor will say to you, "Hey, we
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  • need you in this area because wesee that you can really make a
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  • difference", and so on. And soaffirmations will come. So,
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  • there you are. Affinities,abilities, affections,
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  • activities, affirmation. Andwith these will come these three
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  • things, and I'm finished.Empowerment, You know when you
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  • have a gift you get a gift atChristmas... a new computer, a
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  • new Apple watch, a newtoaster... does anybody use a
  • 00:25:00.221 --> 00:25:04.559
  • toaster these days? But youknow, it's an electric
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  • appliance. You get this gift,you put it on the shelf, you got
  • 00:25:07.963 --> 00:25:12.267
  • to plug it in for it to work.You got to charge it up for it
  • 00:25:12.300 --> 00:25:14.869
  • to work! So spiritual gifts mustbe plugged in to work, plugged
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  • into the Spirit, to the power ofthe Holy Spirit. So, there's
  • 00:25:18.273 --> 00:25:21.443
  • empowerment. Again, if you arewalking in the Spirit, if you
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  • are filled with the Spirit, youwill be gifted [clap] to serve
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  • [clap] God! You will serve Godin His church if you're filled
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  • with the Spirit. And thenthere's engagement as I've been
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  • talking about. Actually,engaging your gift in ministry
  • 00:25:35.890 --> 00:25:38.960
  • and doing it, and finally therewill be enjoyment. There's
  • 00:25:38.994 --> 00:25:44.099
  • nothing more fulfilling andsatisfying in your life than to
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  • serve the Lord and to do it withgladness and joy and to make a
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  • difference in this world forJesus sake.
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