"Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant."
(1 Corinthians 12:1 KJV)
"Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;"
(Romans 12:6 KJV)
The "Spiritual Gifts" article for March 15, 2016 discussed the general nature and purpose of God's Spiritual Gifts. These are given by the Holy Spirit to individuals and are to be used to further the work of the church for the good of the people. The 21 Spiritual Gifts found in the scriptures cited in that article can be grouped according to their application. One such grouping holds that the 9 gifts named in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 are "Foundational Gifts" while the rest are "Permanent Gifts."
Some scholars think that the foundational gifts were given temporarily to establish the early church. The first two, word of wisdom and word of knowledge (verse 8), provided communication from God, similar to the Old Testament prophets, while the New Testament books were being written. The rest, healing, miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, kinds of tongues, interpretation of tongues, and apostles (verses 9-10), were miraculous in nature and demonstrated the power of Our Awesome God within the church.
By the end of the first century, the church was growing rapidly, the Word of God, the Bible, was completed and the apostles were all passed away. The Foundational Gifts had served their purpose and it is thought that they then ceased. Still, we have organizations and people today that claim to have one or more of them. Are these gifts still active today? We really don't know but we can test whether the purpose of gifts is being met. Are they being used to further the work of the church for the good of the people? Often it is hard to tell, it is up to Our Awesome God to judge, not us, and participation is optional. No matter what you believe about these spiritual gifts, the issue should not be one that causes a break in fellowship with Christians who differ in opinion.
LWBC is a Bible believing church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 KJV) Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour and AWANA is held for children until 7:30 PM. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill