Romans 12:1-8 ~ Do You Know Where You Are Going? The Spiritual Gifts of Leadership and Faith ~ Pastor Bill Slabaugh
A Great Example of the Spiritual Gift of Faith:
Dr. Howard Hendricks gave an excellent example of the gift of faith working in the life of Dr. Harry Ironside. Shortly after the seminary (Dallas Theological Seminary) was founded in 1924, it almost capitulated. It came to the point of bankruptcy. All the creditors were going to foreclose at 12 noon on a particular day. That morning, the founders of the School met in the President’s office to pray that God would provide and in that prayer meeting was Harry Ironside.
When it was his turn to pray, he prayed in his characteristically refreshing manner, “Lord, we know that the cattle on a thousand hills are thine. Please sell some of them, and send us the money.”
While they were praying, a tall Texan with boots on and an open collar came into the business office and said, “I just sold two car-loads of cattle in Fort Worth. I have been trying to make a business deal go through and it won’t work and I feel God is compelling me to give this money to the seminary. I don’t know if you need it or not, but here is the check.”
A secretary took the check and knowing the criticalness of the hour financially, went to the door of the prayer meeting and timidly tapped. When she finally got a response, Dr. Chafer took the check out of her hand and it was for the exact amount of the debt. When he looked at the signature of the check, he recognized the name of the cattleman from Fort Worth. Turning to Dr. Ironside, he said, “Harry, God sold the cattle.”
Dr. Ironside was a man gifted with faith. He knew God’s Word and claimed its age-old promises for current needs while the other men possessed faith and hoped God would do something. Dr. Ironside expected God to provide the need.
1 Corinthians 2:4-11 ~ Seeing It as It Is: The Spiritual Gifts of the Word of Knowledge, Word of Wisdom, and Discernment ~ Pastor Bill Slabaugh
If you have ever driven your car when the fog is thick, you know how dangerous it can be when you can’t see clearly. Maybe you have even had a close call or two. Now God gave certain spiritual gifts to believers in Jesus Christ to help the Church penetrate the fog of the deceit and delusion of the age in which we live; as well as our natural inability to “see it as it is.” To see things as they really are, the Holy Spirit provides the gifts of the Word of Knowledge, the Word of Wisdom, and Discernment.
1 Peter 4:10-11 ~ Making It Clear: The Spiritual Gifts of Prophecy, Teaching, and Exhortation ~ Pastor Bill Slabaugh
Think about this before your next post on Face Book:
When talking about spiritual gifts, the Apostle Peter writes, “Whoever speaks is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God (1 Peter 4:11). Here we see the absolute importance of the Word of God, the Bible, in all that we say or write. This doesn’t just apply to those who are gifted speakers and writers, but it applies to all of us who name the name of Christ. In that we should never give counsel, advice, or an opinion apart from God’s Word. When we speak, we shouldn’t be voicing our own opinions and philosophies about life. We should be speaking the utterances of God.
When you speak for Christ and about Christ, base your words on Scripture not on your own opinions. You will be forever relevant if you do. And you will never lack for a message, whether it’s in teaching a Sunday School class, or coming along side to give encouragement to someone who is hurting or struggling, or even posting on Face Book. And who wouldn't want to be relevant on Face Book?
1 Peter 4:9-11 ~ The Holiday Gifts: The Spiritual Gifts of Hospitality, Giving, and Craftsmanship ~ Pastor Bill Slabaugh
When it comes to the holiday season, those with the spiritual gifts of Hospitality, Giving, and Craftsmanship are in their element. They are in their grove as it were in their service and blessing to others. Even though it’s not just during the holidays that that bless other with their giftedness, the holidays give them a wonderful opportunity to uniquely serve and minister.
With music, God has given us a wonderful and powerful gift. It’s a gift that not only provokes significant memories but it also gives expression to the deepest feelings and desires of our hearts. When God gives something to the whole world, as He does music, it’s called a common grace. For example God’s gracious provision for His creatures is seen in the giving of the seasons—of seedtime and harvest. That’s a common grace, a gift from God.
Music is also a gift of common grace to the world. But for believers in Jesus Christ, music is so much more. It’s an expression of a worshiping and thankful heart. For us as Christians, music is a gift of God to allow us to give expression of gratitude to God. The company of the redeemed sing. That is what we do.