God's Gifts

God’s Gifts

This is Pastor Marnie Leinberger’s sermon from Sunday, January 17, 2016. The scripture is 1 Corinthians 12:1-11. In our service we read from the New Revised Standard Version and from The Message, a modern interpretation by Eugene Peterson. We read both with the hope that our understanding will be enriched.

This is from The Message:
1What I want to talk about now is the various ways God’s Spirit gets worked into our lives. This is complex and often misunderstood, but I want you to be informed and knowledgeable. 2Remember how you were when you didn’t know God, led from one phony god to another, never knowing what you were doing, just doing it because everybody else did it? It’s different in this life. 3God wants us to use our intelligence, to seek to understand as well as we can. For instance, by using your heads, you know perfectly well that the Spirit of God would never prompt anyone to say “Jesus be damned!” Nor would anyone be inclined to say “Jesus is Master!” without the insight of the Holy Spirit. 4God’s various gifts are handed out everywhere; but they 5all originate in God’s Spirit. 6God’s various ministries are carried out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit. 7God’s various expressions of power are in action everywhere; but God himself is behind it all. 8Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! 9The variety is wonderful: wise counsel, clear understanding, simple trust, healing the sick, 10miraculous acts, proclamation, distinguishing between spirits, tongues, interpretation of tongues. 11All these gifts have a common origin, but are handed out one by one by the one Spirit of God. He decides who gets what, and when.

The New Revised Standard Version can be found here.