Stewardship Principles

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17, NIV). How does this text help to set the foundation for a biblically based concept of stewardship? This passage is very humbling for me. It reminds me that everything […]

Tithe: A Mere Pittance

What have we been given in Christ? 1 Cor. 15:51-52; Rev. 21:4; Gal. 3:13; Eph. 1:6-7; Rev. 22:1-5. What should these things mean to us? How should these promises impact every aspect of our existence? Christ has done so much for us and and He has promised to do even more. We find in 1 […]

Gifts and Christian Responsibility

Compare Romans 12:4, 1 Corinthians 12:12, and Ephesians 4:16. What do these verses say about spiritual gifts and the body? The body of Christ is composed of many different parts, just as the body has many different parts. The different parts of the body are represented by different Spiritual gifts. Even though we are different, […]

Other Gifts

Read Acts 6:1–4 again. People were given similar responsibilities to those we would expect of deacons today. What reasons did the disciples give for not wanting to do this work? How are we to understand the principle being revealed here? We should not neglect our gifts  in order to do a gift which someone else […]

Discovering Our Gifts

Read 1 Corinthians 12:28–31. What is Paul telling us in these verses about spiritual gifts? God has given each person a spiritual gift. All spiritual gifts are not the same but they are given to fulfill a specific function within the Church. Each spiritual gift is important to execute the mission of the Church. Spiritual […]

The Spirit and His Gifts

Read Acts 13:1–3. What happened here, and what does it tell us about the importance of being called to a ministry? Here we see how Barnabas and Paul were called to ministry. The Holy Spirit revealed the ministry of Paul and Barnabas and they were set apart for this work. I would also note that […]