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Receiving Grace

Rom. 12: 3-6b

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NKJV 3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.   6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them:

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NASU 3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. 4 For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: NASU


Introduction Topic: Gifts Index: 4016 Subtopic: Cultivation of

The Talents and Abilities You Have Are God's Gift to You. Your Development and Dedication of Those Gifts Is Your Gift to God. 


1.    Abilities . . Received Because of Grace.  12:33

2.    Associates . . Received Because of Grace. 12:4-5

3.    Administration . . Received Because of Grace. 12:6 b


1.   Abilities . . Received By Grace.   12:3

 3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. NKJV


3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. NAS


A.   Grace Gives the Ability . . of Speech.  12:3 a

"For Through the Grace Given to Me I Say to

       Every Man among You. . ."


B.   Grace Gives the Ability . . of Humility.      12:3b

". . .Not to Think More Highly of Himself than He Ought to Think;..."

              a.    Shy = Inverted Pride.

              b.    Arrogance = Over active Pride. Is that man a little arrogant? No very arrogant.

              c.    Note, “Ought to think; . . .”

 

Illustration:  Topic: Humility Index: 1714-1721 Date: 1/1988.26

Samuel Chadwick Said,  

       "If You're Successful, Don't Crow.

                            “If You Fail, Don't Croak."

 

Illustration:        Topic: Humility Index: 1714-1721 Date: 11/1987.24

D.l. Moody Was One of the Greatest Christian Evangelists Who Ever Lived. He Could Hold a Crowd in the Palm of His Hand, Won Thousands of Converts to the Faith, and Established Several Religious Institutions. Yet He Never Displayed the Pompous Air of Self-importance That So Many Famous Evangelists Did in That Era. He Was a Tolerant, Understanding Man Who Rarely Criticized. One of His Famous Sayings Was,

       "Right Now I'm Having So Much Trouble with D.l. Moody That I Don't Have Time to Find Fault with the Other Fellow."

 

C.   Grace Gives the Ability . . of Judgement.   12:3c

       ". . . but to Think So as to Have Sound Judgment,. . ."

       1.    Preacher seeking to exalt himself.

       2.    Jer 45:5 And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not:. . .” KJV

       3.    Ro 12:16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. NKJV

 

D.   Grace Gives the Ability . . of Faith. 12:3d

       ". . .As God Has Allotted to Each a Measure of Faith.

       1.    No Faith Puts Doubt between You and God.

       2.    Faith puts God between You and your problem

              a.    Doctor’s Report, put faith to practice.

 

Illustration: Topic:faith Subtopic: Obstacles That Test Date: 12/1988.4

Unbelief Puts Our Circumstance Between Us and God,

but Faith Puts God Between Us and Our Circumstances. F B. Meyer

 

Application:

 

Abilities . . Received By Grace.

 

 

2.   Associates . . Received By Grace. 12:4-5

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

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


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

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

 

A.   Grace For Associates with . . Conspicuous Duties. 12:4

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

       1.    Many     Members in the Body. 12:4 a

       2.    Many     Missions for the Body. 12:4b

 

B.   Grace For Associates with . . Complimentary Duties. 12:5

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

       1.    The Gifts Compliment the        Membership. 12:5a

       2.    The Gifts Compliment the        Mission. 12:5b

              a.    Men working on the building.

              b.    Ladies providing meals.

              c.    Musical Abilities.

              d.    Funeral I attended Wednesday Not good singing. We are blessed in this church.

 

Illustration:        Topic: Gifts Subtopic: Spiritual, Promised Date: 2/1992.20

To the Millions of People Who Saw Her in the Films of the Thirties, Zasu Pitts Was Synonymous with Comedy. The World, However, Might Never Have Heard of Zasu Had it Not Been for the Understanding and Compassion of Her High School Principal. As an Adolescent Zasu Was Unattractive, Shy, Awkward, Skinny, and Poor. While Performing in a High School Play, Her Words and Movements Brought the House down with Laughter. Feeling Laughed At, Zasu Wanted to Give Up. But Her Principal Said, "Maybe That's Your Mission in Life. Maybe That's What God Intended." Zasu Dried Her Eyes, Took a Deep Breath, and Stepped Back on Stage to Express What Was Within Her.

 

Application:

 

Associates . . Received By Grace. 12:4-5

 

 

3.   Administration . . Received By Grace.  12:6a

6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: . . . ” NKJV


6 Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: NAS


A.   Grace Administers . . Different Gifts.   12:6a

              6 Having then gifts differing

 

Illustration  Topic: Gifts Subtopic: Spiritual, Promised Date: 8/1987.23

"I Did," Said the Wind!     "I Did," Said the Paper!

"I Did," Said the String!  "I Did," Said the Boy!

 

But in Reality They All Flew the Kite! If the Wind Had Lulled, If the Paper Had Torn, If the Sticks Had Broken, If the Tail Had Caught in the Tree, or the Boy Had Fallen, Then the Kite Would Have Come Down! Each Had a Part to Play! God Has Placed You in a Strategic Role! You Are Important to Your Church Ministry. Just Use Your Gift to the Glory of God and Leave the Results to Him.

 

B.   Grace Administers . . Displayed Gifts. 12:6b

       ". . . Let Each Exercise Them Accordingly:. . . "

 

Illustration:        Topic: Gifts Index: 486 Subtopic: Spiritual, Promised

Alan Loy said, “I Have Long Admired Washington D.C.'s Church of the Savior, in Part Because They Place Such an Emphasis on Calling Forth One Another's Gifts. Almost as Soon as You Begin Worshiping There, You Are Confronted with the Question, "What Are Your Gifts?"” The Congregation Sees this as Another Way of Saying, "What Is Your Call?" "Self Confidence" by Alan Loy Mcginnis

 

Application:

 

1.    Abilities . .           Received Because of Grace. v 3

2.    Associates . .               Received Because of Grace. v 4-5

3.    Administration . .        Received Because of Grace. v 6a

 

Do you have a grace gift with which to serve the Lord?

 

You do if you have been saved. Last night Senator Obama said Jesus is the redeemer.

 

Senator McCain said Through Him I am Saved

 

If that means they both know the Lord, they have spiritual gifts.

 

Have you received Jesus as Lord and Savior

 

Conclusion

1 Co 15:9-10 9 For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. NKJV

 

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