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Today we are continuing our study on the spiritual gifts, the theme of this series is “Gifts of The Holy Spirit.”

It is important to remember that a positive response on our part as believers to the Father’s gift of the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential if we are to truly be God’s people. 

Today we are discussing The Gift of Helping.

Text

1 Corinthians 12:28 (ESV)

28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.

Scripture Reading

Romans 12:1-8 (ESV)

A Living Sacrifice

12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 

2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Gifts of Grace

3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 

4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 

5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 

6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 

7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 

8 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.

Introduction

Two things need to be noted about the gift of helping.

first, an indefinite number of Christians may possess this gift.

In fact, it appears that all believers may have this one.

Secondly, this particular gift is to be distinguished from others in that it does not have a miraculous character.

  1. Let’s look at what the gift is.
  1. There is no need to elaborate on the meaning.

It simply means be helpful.

The Greek word in 1 Corinthians 12:28 means to take hold of and help.

In Romans 12:7 the Greek word takes on the meaning of ministering.

It is helpful service.

B. Think about some areas where such a gift can be used.

  1. It can be used to serve the troubled, sick, poor, and persecuted.

This is where the church can truely represent the Lord.

We are to use this gift to minister to these kinds of people in the name of Christ.

2. It can be used in a special way in the church.

Often this gift is used in a quite, ordinary way.

The gift goes unnoticed.

Think about church administrators and custodians.

3. It can be used in building up the church.

This is the thought projected in Ephesians 4:12 (ESV)

12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,

It is the opposite of tearing down by ridicule, poor cooperation, and inactivity.

2. The gift is identified with the position of a deacon.

  1. The word in Romans 12:7 is the Greek word from which the word deacon comes.

The office of a deacon is always that of service, never that of control.

Deacons are never a lawmaking body.

B. The office of a deacon is one of service.

This is a concept that needs to be stressed in contemporary churches.

Over the years, the group of “deacons”, or any other name given in different churches, has evolved into a policy making body and sometimes into an official board.

The gift of helping is one of service.

The deacon is a servant.

3. This gift relates to everyone in two basic ways.

  1. Each Christian has a ministry role within the congregation.

For believers to produce as their heavenly Father expects them to, their ministry needs to be well rooted in their faith.

Every member of every congregation has something to contribute.

B. Every Christian is to accept his or her divinely appointed role in the church.

The acceptance of this gift an an endowment from the Holy Spirit will eliminate rivalry and jealousy among church members.

The knowledge of this gift does not have to come by a direct revelation from God in a spontaneous way.

It can come through sermons, announcements, appointments, and anything else around the church.

4. What are some of the truths about this gift?

  1. It is a gift of selflessness.

Although the Holy Spirit gives every believer the attribute of self esteem, this gift is not for that purpose.

This gift is for others, not for the recipient of the gift.

B. It is a gift of action.

The use if this gift will enable the Christian to act in the right way at the right time.

C. It is a gift for daily living.

This particular gift is not for spectacle or the public eye.

 

It is for day by day, week by week Christian living.

Conclusion

According to the Bible, every believer has the gift of the Holy Spirit.

He dwells in all who trust Christ as Saviour.

Strong evidence point towards the fact that each believer has this particular gift of helpfulness.

Hopefully all believers will honestly and sincerely use it for the sake of helping humankind and for the glory of God.

Until next time

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