Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.
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1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Brothers and sisters, I don’t want you to be ignorant about spiritual gifts. 2 You know that when you were Gentiles you were often misled by false gods that can’t even speak. 3 So I want to make it clear to you that no one says, “Jesus is cursed!” when speaking by God’s Spirit, and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. 4 There are different spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; 5 and there are different ministries and the same Lord; 6 and there are different activities but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. 7 A demonstration of the Spirit is given to each person for the common good. 8 A word of wisdom is given by the Spirit to one person, a word of knowledge to another according to the same Spirit, 9 faith to still another by the same Spirit, gifts of healing to another in the one Spirit, 10 performance of miracles to another, prophecy to another, the ability to tell spirits apart to another, different kinds of tongues to another, and the interpretation of the tongues to another. 11 All these things are produced by the one and same Spirit who gives what he wants to each person.
A demonstration of the Spirit is given to each person for the common good. —1 Corinthians 12:7
Paul reminded believers that gifts given by the Holy Spirit are of equal value and are intended for use in building up the Kingdom and meant to be shared. Choosing to follow Christ with each new day and identifying with one or more of Jesus’ qualities is a good start to the task. But we also receive individual gifts of the Holy Spirit. We are called to explore and use those gifts to represent Christ to the world and help others know Jesus and his saving love.
Questions to Discuss:
What actions do you think are gifts of the Spirit which represent Christ to the world?
How can you discover your individual gifts?
How does sharing your gifts represent Christ to the world?
How can you be more intentional about representing Christ in the world each day?