Bible Study Lessons

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 Part 1The Incredible Good News of the Gospel 

Part 2

Experiencing the Power of the Gospel

 Part 3Biblical Doctrines in the Light of the Gospel 

Part 4―Last Day Events (Eschatology)

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Implied Spiritual Gifts

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There are three (3) implied spiritual gifts in First Peter chapter 4,

verses 8-11.  Serving for God’s glory.

 

1 Pet 4  (v. 8) And above all things have fervent love for one another....

(v. 9) Be hospitable to one another.... (v. 10) As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.... (v. 11) If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God.  If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified....

 

Hospitality - to warmly welcome people, even strangers[1], joyfully and cordially meeting their physical and emotional needs, particularly through food, lodging, and friendliness.[2]

 

Speaking - the ability to speak the gospel with clarity, the gift of speaking fluently and convincingly for the glory of God.

 

Ministry/Serving - to identify undone tasks in God's work however menial, and use available resources to get the job done.[1]  To render any kind of service, not especially person centered, meets practical needs of the institution.

 

 The Talent of Speech:  The power of speech is a precious possession, given us by the Master to be used in blessing our   fellow beings.  In using this talent aright, we honor him.  But we dishonor him by using the gift of speech to tell of our   discouragements and to magnify our trials.  We need stronger faith, more perfect trust.  How changed would be our   experience if the time we spend in repining were spent in beholding Jesus, and in telling others of his love!  Then our   words would be profitable.  Then we should offer to God thanksgiving instead of complaint.  Then we should have no   inclination to talk about our trials, so filled would our minds be with the thought that we are receiving abundant   blessings.[3]

 

Another implied spiritual gift is mentioned in both (James 5:13-15) and in (1 Tim 2:1).  Meeting specific needs:

 

Jam 5  (v. 14) Is anyone among you sick?  Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  (v. 15) And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up....

 

Intercessory Prayer - the ability to gladly spend extended periods of time in prayer on behalf of others while exhibiting deep confidence in the workings of God.[2]

 

There are also two (2) implied spiritual gifts described in First Corinthians chapter 13 verse 3.

 

I  Cor 13  (v. 3) And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

 

Voluntary Poverty - to purposely live an impoverished lifestyle, to serve and aid others with your material resources.[1]

 

Martyrdom - to give over one's own life to suffer, or to be put to death for the cause of Christ.[1]

 

And another implied spiritual gift is explained in First Corinthians chapter 7 (verses 7-9).

 

I  Cor 7  (v. 7) For I wish that all men were even as I myself.  But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that. (v. 8) But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is good for them if they remain even as I am; (v. 9) but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry.  For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

 

Celibacy - to voluntarily remain single without regret and with the ability to maintain controlled sexual impulses, so as to serve the Lord without distraction.[1]

 

References:

1. http://mintools.com/spiritual-gifts-definition.htm.

2. Kim Johnson. (1997). Spiritual Body Building Manual, p.126, Review and Herald Graphics.

3. E.G. White, The Atlantic Union Gleaner (16 Sep 1903) “A wise use of our talents” par.5

 

 

 

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