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Pastor Paul's Blog

Spiritual Gifts - Not Just for Pentecostals!

When I was a child, I had a relative who attended a “Pentecostal” church.  Because I was close in age and spent a lot of time with my cousin, I ended up going to church with them on some Sunday nights.  The church they attended was “Pentecostal” because they believed strongly in the gifts of the Holy Spirit and thought those gifts manifested themselves in things like “speaking in tongues”, or other expressions of worship that might include very loud and visible expressions of praise to God.  Many of those things rather scared me as a child as I didn’t understand them and they seemed so   foreign to the Baptist church I attended.  Later, my relatives quit attending that church, but I have held some of those memories and have processed them through the years enough to recognize both the beauty and the oddity of those experiences.

The Bible is clear.  Everyone has spiritual gifts.  If you are a believer then you have the presence of the Holy Spirit in you and with that Spirit comes a myriad of gifts.  It has nothing to do with being “Pentecostal”, and has everything to do with discovering how God has uniquely wired you for service in the Kingdom of God.

Over the last few months, we have included in the bulletin a pretty good list of various “gifts of the Spirit” and some definitions of those gifts.  These have included gifts like:

              Administration           Apostleship            Compassion            Discernment

              Evangelism                 Exhortation           Faith                           Giving

              Healing                       Helping                   Interpretation           Knowledge

              Leadership                 Miracles                  Prophecy                  Servanthood

             Shepherding               Teaching                 Tongues                    Wisdom                     

             (taken from the UMC.org website)

These gifts are taken from scriptures, specifically Romans 12, Ephesians 4, and I Corinthians 12-13.  What is important is to 1) understand that you have gifts; 2) know how to use them; and 3) recognize how God might put those gifts to work for the betterment of His Kingdom.

I discovered a long time ago that one of my primary spiritual gifts is hospitality (not listed above).  I have a knack for recognizing and welcoming new people. I am not afraid to go up to a stranger, introduce myself, and try and make that person feel a part of the gathering.  I’m not sure why and how I have this gift, but I do have it and I try to use it as best as I can.  I think it has made a difference in the life of the church, for the good.

You have a spiritual gift, too, and it would be great if you could recognize your gift and intentionally live into that gift for the blessing of God’s Kingdom here on earth.  We are going to be preaching on spiritual gifts,  offering ways to discover what your gift is, and challenging you to put that gift to use.  I am absolutely   convinced that as the church of Jesus Christ recovers our sense of being his servants, then we have what it takes to shape the world for Christ’s sake.  The sermon series begins on October 22 and will run for 3 weeks.  I look forward to helping you discover your spiritual gift and helping you find ways to live fully into those gifts.  And you don’t even have to be Pentecostal to do it!