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Find Your Place NorthStar Edition
Session 3: Spiritual Gifts - Part 2


1.  Spiritual Gifts and the Traditional Church
      The results:
            The 80/20 rule: 20% of the people do 80% of the work (at best).
            Super-servant mentality - "Whatever/Wherever the church needs me."
            Indispensibility complex - "If I donít do it, it wonít get done."
      The effects on seeking biblical understanding:
            Godís call is lost in Churchís needs or desires
            satisfaction diminishes and burn-out occurs
            individuality is lost-when you are not functioning in your position in the body, you become like a piece of a machine, rather than an organ in a body.
      Overcoming the effects:
            Crisis motivation--pre-thought reactions.
            Consider what draws you-the things that attract your attention are either your motivations or the direct opposite of your motivations.
            Joy factor-consider the satisfaction you get from a ministry-how it energizes you, or drains your energy.

2.  The Sign (Supernatural) Gifts and the Traditional Church
      The cessationist viewpoint:
            1 Corinthians 13:8-12-"they will cease, . . . be stilled, . . . pass away."
                  Tradition points to the completion of the canon of Scripture
                  Argument is weak at best
                  Passage seems to point to the return of Christ
            History of the Church
                  Gifts seemed to disappear around 300AD, not to be prominent again until late 1800's
                  Spiritual gifts as a whole were lost in the hierarchy of the church-state.
                  With spiritual gifts, priesthood of believers and ministry of believers were lost.
                        Priesthood was rediscovered with Martin Luther at the Reformation
                        Ministry was not rediscovered until 20th century with the rise of Pentecostalism
            Conclusion
                  The sign gifts seem to be the least of the gifts - 1 Corinthians 12:28-30
                  We should desire the greater gifts - 1 Corinthians 12:31;14:1
                  We should not forbid the use of any gift - 1 Corinthians 14:39
                  All gifts should be done orderly and for the building up of the church - 1 Corinthians 14:26, 40.
      Anti-Supernatural Bias
            Common arguments:
                  Thereís a rational explanation for everything
                  Iíve never seen or experienced anything truly supernatural
            Biblical arguments:
                  Jesus believed in the supernatural
                        Satan
                        Demons
                        Healings
                        Miracles
                  Your salvation and regeneration is a supernatural event.
                  Denial of supernatural denies Godís existence and essence.

3.  Sign (Supernatural) Gifts
      Ekballism
      Healing
      Miracles
      Tongues
      Interpretation of Tongues

4.  Practical Gifts
      ALL of these gifts are also spiritual disciplines-as previously pointed out, those who are gifted in these areas have a mark for ministry and should be active in training others in the particular spiritual discipline. Christians not gifted in a spiritual discipline should be actively learning from those who are gifted in the area, in order to mature in their spiritual walk.
      Discerning of Spirits
      Evangelism
      Faith
      Giving
      Helps
      Hospitality
      Intercession
      Knowledge
      Mercy
      Service
      Voluntary Poverty
      Wisdom

Discussion:
      Other than the information contained in the outline, discussion primarily revolved around the bias regarding the Sign Gifts in the American conservative church, and how we should properly view them with a biblical understanding. Basic information is given in the definitions for each of the sign gifts in the Find Your Place workbook.

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