God’s Gifts to the Church

So if God give you power fo be one talka fo him, an you trus him plenny, go talk plenny of him (Romans 12:6b Da Jesus Book). [Preach the Word.]

Romans 12:3-8 by Frank Ball
Romans 12:3-8 Da Jesus Book
Romans 12:3-8 In Your Bible

Christ’s renewal of the believer’s mind and desire to do God’s will, call us to be a living church.

The Living Body of Christ

Paul compares the church to the human body. Members of the human body neither argue with each other nor envy each other about their relative importance. Each part of the body carries out its own function.*

Grace Gifts

The body of Christ – alive – will use God’s freely given gifts. Paul illuminates the grace gifts God gives his people in the church to use for the benefit of all believers – making it a living body. He emphasizes too . . . the different parts [people] have been given abilities according to what they have been called to do (Romans 12:6 by Frank Ball).

All of the following gifts build up the body of Christ and lead others to the knowledge of Jesus.

  • Preaching – be faithful in delivering God’s Word
  • Serving – be humble in helping
  • Teaching – be understandable and strive for excellence
  • Encouragement – be genuine, honest, real
  • Giving – be generous
  • Leadership – be responsible and considerate of your followers
  • Kindness – be cheerful, even to the undeserving
  • Diligent – be attentive and hard working, seek to please God
  • Hospitality – be welcoming to others in your home

Patience and Prayer

The believer should . . .Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and always be prayerful (Romans 12:12 NLT). In the body of Christ believers need to keep God’s perspective and his plans for us in mind – especially in difficult times. God wants the best for those who trust and follow him.

Prayer: Father, thank you for empowering the church, the body of Christ, to work together for your good purpose. Keep me aware of where I fit into your plan.

Questions: What grace gifts has God given you? How are you using them?

*The Daily Bible Study Series, The Letter to the Romans, William Barclay, The Westminster Press, Philadelphia, Second Edition, 1957, pp. 171,172.

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