Sunday, March 22, 2009

All Good Gifts Are From Above

The following series comes from a study of the Scriptures and with the guidance from a workbook put out in 1994 called "NETWORK". "The Right People... In the Right Places... For the Right Reasons." by Bruce Bugbee, Don Cousins and Bill Hybels. Zondervan Publishing House/Willow Creek Resources. At times, the material is straight from the workbook. I have altered some of the material to fit our needs. I do hope this series will help us reach the places God has for each of us as we seek to please our Father with the gifts He has given to us. God blessing to you as you read and live out this expression of your Christian Walk of Faith.

Giver of ALL Gifts: Spiritual Gifts.

Spiritual Gifts: not wanting you to be ignorant…
1. Wisdom 知恵 1 Corinthians 12:8-10
2. Knowledge 知識 "
3. Faith 信仰 "
4. Healing 癒し "
5. Miracles 奇跡 "
6. Prophecy 預言 "
7. Discernment 霊を見分ける力 "
8. Tongues 異言 "
9. Interpretation 異言を解き明かす力 "
10. Apostleship 使徒 1 Corinthians 12:28
11. Teaching 教師 "
12. Helps 助ける者 "
13. Administration 治める者 "
14. Encouragement 勧めをする人 Romans 12:6-8
15. Giving 与える人 "
16. Leadership 指導する人 "
17. Mercy 慈善を行う人 "
18. Evangelism 伝道者 Ephesians 4:11
19. Shepherding  牧師
20. Hospitality もてなし 1 Peter 4:9-10
21. Craftsmanship 技術 Exodus 31:3
22. Intercession とりなし 1 Timothy 2:1-2
23. Creative communication 独創的なコミュニケーション Psalm 150:3-5
Other gifts (not sought after): その他
24. Celibacy 独身の賜物
25. Martyrdom 殉教

Part TWO: Review from last week… GIVER OF ALL GIFTS!
先週からの復習 すべての賜物を与えるお方
Three key characteristics:
There is no right or wrong Spiritual Gift
They are given to answer the question “What…” (as in What do I do when I serve?)

Identify two key points concerning diversity
Diversity is not division
Unity is not conformity

Just as Passion tells us WHERE we are to serve, Spiritual Gifts help us know WHAT to do when we serve.
Spiritual Gifts are given to Believers and are distributed by His Holy Spirit.

Given by God. The Father 'bestows' Spiritual Gifts to us for meaningful service within the Body.

When all the parts understand their place and function in the Body and come together to do the 'WORK' of the Church (IE: Matt 28-go, make disciples, baptize them, teach all that Jesus taught) growth and love flourish!

Look at the body we have. What if the kidney says: “I have been cleaning things for a long time. Let someone else do this dirty job. I want to shut down for about six days.” What would happen?
Or if the lungs say: “I have always been huffing and puffing. Time for me to just stop and rest for a while.”

Or the heart to say: “I am so very important. Things could get pretty messed up if I would just shut down one side every so often. I want to be distinguished!”
We'd be in deep distress!

The design of God is for the Body to work inter-dependently. He has designed the Church to work the same way: relationships that work together. When we do it rightly, we become the Hands of Feet of Jesus in a world that is really looking for meaning.

To the extent that we serve and work together is the degree to which the ministry and message of Christ are communicated.
When we do it alone or in our own power or not take up our share of the load, the message and ministry of Christ is negatively hindered.
Why does that happen?
Fear of failure. Pride. I might be seen as being weak. Low self-esteem, Competition, Indifference, Complacency or you just don't care.

See Romans 12:5 and 1 Cor 12:27

Diversity is not division
Unity is not conformity

Take a look at 1 Corinthians 12:4-6

Gift (賜物)       Spirit(霊)
Service (奉仕)    Lord (主)

Workings (働き)    God (神)

There are different kinds of Gifts, but the same Spirit.
There are different kinds of Service, but the same Lord.
There are different kinds of workings [effects], but the same God works all of them in all people.

This difference we have within the Body is by the Father's design. He is the THREE in ONE God. Triune God. He lives in community; different expressions of Himself, yet He has ONE PURPOSE!

1 Cor. 12:17-20 Ⅰコリント12:17-20 29-30
Unity is not achieved by being ALIKE. Much like in a marriage…
Unity is achieved by having the SAME PURPOSE: to glorify God and edify others.

This give and take in the Body is a beautiful thing to experience. Giving and taking with the goal of bringing glory to the One who has called us. “All for the Glory of God.”

When we don't move in this way, we drain the resources of the Body. Always taking and not giving into the task at hand. Being a drain is not cool.

1 Cor 12:8-12 Ⅰコリント12:8-12
1. Wisdom  知恵
2. Knowledge 知識
3. Faith    信仰
4. Healing   癒し
5. Miracles   奇跡
6. Prophecy  預言
7. Discernment (Distinguishing of spirits) 霊を見分ける力
8. Tongues   異言
9. Interpretation 異言を解き明かす力
Gifts of healing and gifts of healing-more than one kind of healing (e.g. physical, emotional, spiritual)

1 Cor 12:28  Ⅰコリント12:28
1. Apostleship  使徒
2. Teaching   教える者
3. Helps     助ける者
4. Administration 治める者

Romans 12:6-8
1. Encouragement (Exhortation) 励ます者
2. Giving             与える者
3. Leadership           指導する者
4. Mercy             憐れむもの
(Service is the same as Helps) (助けると同じ)

Ephesians 4:11 エペソ4:11
1. Evangelism 伝道
2. Shepherding 分かち合う
(In the Greek, pastors is literally translated as shepherds.)

Not meant to be a FULL list or Gifts of the Spirit, but that the reader and the Church to understand and not be left in the dark.

1 Peter 4:9-10

1. Hospitality- In the Greek, there are no verse divisions. So, in this study, it is included in the list of Spiritual Gifts.

Exodus 31:3 出エジプト31:3
1. Craftsmanship:技術者

1 Timothy 2:1-2 Ⅰテモテ2:1-2
1. Intercession とりなし

Like the kind Moses did in Exodus 17, Paul did in Col 1:9-10 and in Phil 1:9-10 and Jesus did in John 17:6-26.

Psalm 150:3-5
1. Creative communication

In this study, we will not go into gifts like
celibacy 独身
exorcism 悪霊追い出し
martyrdom 殉教
voluntary poverty. 貧困の賜物

More next week, as we start looking at a few of the Spiritual Gifts on groups.

If you are around the area next Sunday, please come by and worship with us. Our services start at 10:30 AM. If you come by car, please use the pay-for-parking lots near the Church. We will ask you NOT to park in business' parking lots-even if you buy food stuff from them unless there is a parking ticket. Please note that there is NO ON STREET PARKING anywhere around ICCS. You will get ticketed. One lot near ICCS is only 100 yen per hour and the max cost is 600 yen.