Spiritual Gifts (4)
A Sermon on Romans 12:7-8
if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. (ESV)
How does God insure that the Church is equipped for its mission? The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 12:7-8 that it is by the Holy Spirit giving gifts to those in the Church. Some are given the gift of teaching, others the gift of giving. The important thing, according to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, is that every Christian only seek to use the gifts God has actually given them, not what they want. He says that there is great danger in Christians trying to do things that they have not been gifted for. Those who do not have the gift of teaching ought not to seek to be teachers, because they are doomed to fail. Christians are to trust in Jesus that He has granted them the gifts that are best for them, and that He has given them the gifts that are the best for the Church as a whole. God in His wisdom gives all Christians what they need to be faithful servants of Jesus Christ.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.