In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about spiritual gifts– what they are and how we can develop them.  In essence, how to be a good and faithful servant.  Here is some excerpts from this first sermon in the series:

“Now, suppose that as a Christian I decide to discover, develop, and use my spiritual gifts. Then what will happen? Wonderful things will begin to happen!…”

Everybody in the church will know his or her spiritual job description. 

…One of the neat things that happens when a church begins discovering and using spiritual gifts concerns the nominating committee. When the church members know their spiritual gifts, the nominating committee becomes a screening committee, because people come to the committee to apply to work in the church, and you have a completely different ball game!…

All members will be able to work together in love and harmony and enthusiasm.

…There will be changed attitudes. Indeed, negative attitudes will be laid to rest…”

It helps the church grow and mature

“…[W]e will in all things grow up into Him Who is the Head, that is, Christ. From Him, the whole Body… grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work”—that is, as each believer exercises his or her spiritual gifts (Ephesians 4:12-16)…”

God will be glorified

“I took as the text for our introductory sermon on spiritual gifts the words of 1 Peter 4:10, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” But the Apostle then proceeds to give us the basic reason why we should use the spiritual gifts God has bestowed on us…”

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Good And Faithful Servant. Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.

 

January 3, 1988

Matthew 25:21

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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