Sermon by Pastor Mosley Ogbanga
Dated June 25, 2017
Topic: SERVE GOD WITH THE SPIRITUAL GIFTS THAT HE HAS GIVEN YOU
Often times, we don’t understand that every child of God is created to serve. God in his own mercy has created us and preordained us to serve (Ephesians 2: 10). Ephesians 2:10New King James Version (NKJV)
10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them
You don’t have to be an ordained Minister in your local church to have a sense of service. The word of God stated that God has preordained you and have given you a special gift which no other person has except you to be used for His work. You are created for a purpose, and you have to make sure that that purpose is fulfilled.
God has given us many gifts and I believe the gifts are unlimited. Apostle Paul only mentioned few of the gifts, – nine (9) gifts in 1 Corinthians 12 and seven (7) gifts in Romans 12, and five (5) gifts in Ephesians. The interesting and most important things to note about the gifts is that they are given by God – the same spirit and to profit the church. In other words the gifts are given to build up, edify the church by God. Every gift is important, unique, and special. No one possesses any gift that is greater than the other. Every gift completes the Body of Christ.
THE GIFTS OF GOD MUST BE USED TO SERVE GOD
1 Peter 4: 10-11
1 Peter 4:10-11New Living Translation (NLT)
10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 11 Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 4: 11-13
Ephesians 4:11-13New Living Translation (NLT)
11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
Romans 12: 1-8
Romans 12:1-8New King James Version (NKJV)
Living Sacrifices to God
12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Serve God with Spiritual Gifts
3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness
1. Prophecy – Not always predicting the future, but often means preaching God’s message. 1 Corinthians 14: 1-3. 1 Corinthians 14:3New Living Translation (NLT)
3 But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them.
2. Serving Others/Ministering. When you serve or minister to others in the church. You are doing for God and He rewards accordingly. Hebrews 6: 10. Hebrews 6:10New Living Translation (NLT)
10 For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers,[a] as you still do.
4. Encouraging Others/Exhortation (Acts 4:36) Acts 4:36New Living Translation (NLT)
36 For instance, there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement”). He was from the tribe of Levi and came from the island of Cyprus.
5. Giving – Deuteronomy 15:10. Deuteronomy 15:10New Living Translation (NLT)
10 Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do.
Deuteronomy 16:17New Living Translation (NLT)
17 All must give as they are able, according to the blessings given to them by the Lord your God.
6. Leadership – Philippians 2: 3-4 Philippians 2:3-4New Living Translation (NLT)
3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too
Matthew 20: 24-26
Matthew 20:24-26New Living Translation (NLT)
24 When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked, they were indignant. 25 But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 26 But among you, it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant
Acts 28: 1-2
Acts 28:1-2New Living Translation (NLT)
Paul on the Island of Malta
28 Once we were safe on shore, we learned that we were on the island of Malta. 2 The people of the island were very kind to us. It was cold and rainy, so they built a fire on the shore to welcome us.
Colossians 3: 12-15
Colossians 3:12-15New Living Translation (NLT)
12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
In Conclusion, I would like to you to note three things in this teaching today.
You are specially gifted to serve God in your local church (Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4).
2. Understand that the laborers are few. Strive to be the 20 percent who is determined to serve God. Luke 10: 1-2. Luke 10:1-2New Living Translation (NLT)
The Lord now chose seventy-two[a] other disciples and sent them ahead in pairs to all the towns and places he planned to visit. 2 These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.
- Be conscious that we have been commanded to serve (the great commission). Mark 16, Matthew 28, and Luke 10.
Matthew 28: 16-20
Matthew 28:16-20New Living Translation (NLT)
The Great Commission
16 Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,[a] baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”