Guest speaker Bill Smith
Guest speaker Bill Smith
1 John 2:15-17
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.(NIV)
Your life began in darkness, in the darkness of the womb. It was once all you knew, your entire life. If someone tried to tell you that there was more to life, another life, another world of stars and grass, flowers and faces, sand castles, oceans and setting suns, what would you have thought? Was there a way for you to know about this other world? What evidence was there in the womb that should have pointed it out to you?
When you hear of a world beyond this world and a life beyond this life, when you hear of heaven, you are hearing of it like a child in the womb. You have never seen it or touched it. And yet everything within you was made to know this world and live within it. A H__________ made for a perfect love and without condition, A S__________ yearning for that, which is eternal, and a S__________ longing to dwell in a place of no death, no fear, no darkness, no tears, and no evil. And your every tear, every sorrow, and every disappointment, every unfulfilled longing is a reminder that you are not at home. You were made for something more, you were made to be a child of heaven.
For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.(NIV)
1 Corinthians 2:9-12
However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”– but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.(NIV)
Why does God bestow His thoughts to us by His Spirit?
1 Corinthians 12:4-11
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 working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.(NIV)
Why are spiritual gifts given, and who is the source?
Who benefits from the use of spiritual gifts?