At-Home Bible Study

This page contains an interactive Bible study that you can do at home.  These Bible studies are changed each week, and they coordinate with the Bible lessons taught in Morningside's Sunday School each Sunday.

The At-Home Bible Study is easy to use.  Simply print this page, get your Bible and a pen or pencil, and begin learning.  If your Bible isn’t handy, click on the verse references to read the Bible verses on your computer screen.  The studies are interactive, so you will be asked to read specific scripture verses and answer questions.  You'll be amazed how much you will learn from God's Word, the Bible.

Bookmark this page and come back each week to study the Bible in your own home.  To further your Bible learning, come to Sunday School at Morningside Baptist Church each Sunday at 8:45 a.m.

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October 26, 2014

1 Corinthians 12

Why do We have Spiritual Gifts?

 

 

 

What is the value of one piece of a jigsaw puzzle?  There are two perspectives from which to answer that question.

If you look at one isolated piece of a jigsaw puzzle, what will you see?  It is an oddly shaped piece of cardboard on which are printed colors and part of a design.  Can you tell by looking at that one piece what the completed picture will look like?  Would you proudly hang that lone piece on the wall to be admired by your friends?  The answer is “No” to both questions.  By itself, that piece is worthless.  You’d probably throw it away.

Imagine for a moment that you complete a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle only to find you are missing one piece.  There is an unsightly hole in the middle of your beautiful picture.  Would you hang that almost-complete picture on your wall?  Suddenly that one little funny-shaped piece has become very valuable, hasn’t it?

A Christian is like a piece of a jigsaw puzzle, perfectly designed to fit in a unique place of service within a church.  You will learn more about that in this study of spiritual gifts.

The Holy Spirit ALWAYS Exalts Jesus Christ

1 Cor. 12:1

What did Paul want his readers to know about?

 

1 Cor. 12:2

What were they before they came to Christ?

 

1 Cor. 12:3

This is a key foundational truth – all true spiritual gifts point to Jesus and proclaim Him as Lord.

 

Diversities of Gifts

1 Cor. 12:4

Does every believer have the same gift?

 

Where do these gifts come from?

 

Every Christian receives one or more spiritual gift at the moment he or she is saved (Eph. 4:7; 1 Pet. 4:10).  A spiritual gift is more than a natural ability or talent; it is the divine enablement to carry out a specific function within the church.

1 Cor. 12:5

The word administrations means service.  There are different ways to serve, but the same _________.

 

1 Cor. 12:6

Operations means effects of our service.  There are different effects (results), but the same ________.

 

1 Cor. 12:7

How many Christians have spiritual gifts?

 

Verses 8-10 name nine different spiritual gifts (others are listed in Rom. 12:6-8; 1 Cor. 12:28; and 1 Pet. 4:10-11), all of which are given by the Holy Spirit.  Several of these were miraculous sign gifts given to the early church to authenticate its message; they are no longer in operation today (1 Cor. 13:8).  The “word of knowledge,” for instance, was the supernatural inspiration God gave the apostles so they could write our New Testament.

1 Cor. 12:11

Who gives the gifts to us according to His will?

 

Diverse Members make up One Church Body

Beginning in verse 12 Paul used a simple illustration.  Think about your body.  Does it have many different parts? _______  Do those many parts make up one body? _______  That’s the way it is with the body of Christ – the church (see verse 27).

1 Cor. 12:13

How did we come into the body of Christ?

 

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a one-time event that occurs at the moment an individual is saved.  Every believer has the Holy Spirit living within (Eph. 1:13-14), regardless of whether they are Jews, Gentiles, slaves, or free people.  You don’t need to ask the Holy Spirit to come in; if you’re saved He lives inside you.

1 Cor. 12:15-16

Are the individual parts separate from the body?

 

1 Cor. 12:17

What would happen if we were all alike?

 

1 Cor. 12:18

Who decides where we serve in the body?

 

1 Cor. 12:21

Can the body parts survive without one another?

 

1 Cor. 12:22-24

We give more care to the weaker parts of our body.

 

1 Cor. 12:25

“That there should be no __________ in the ________; but that the members should have the same ________ one for another.”

 

1 Cor. 12:26

“And whether one member __________, all the members __________ with it.”

 

1 Cor. 12:28-30

God set some in specific positions in the church.  Are we all supposed to have the same gift?

 

1 Cor. 12:31

What should we covet (desire)?

 

Concluding Thoughts: Remember the jigsaw puzzle analogy from the introduction to this lesson?  By itself, a single puzzle piece is of little value, but if it is missing from the completed puzzle it leaves an ugly hole.  Christians are a lot like that jigsaw puzzle piece. 

God didn’t design us to be “Lone Ranger” Christians, operating separately from a church.  We need every other piece of the puzzle – all the other members of the church – to make a beautiful and complete picture.  God didn’t make us identical “cookie cutter” Christians, either.  We are all different, with differing gifts.

What is your spiritual gift?  Are you using it to serve in the church?  Find your gift and get to work.  Ask your teacher for help.

 

 

Project: Memorize 1 Corinthians 13:5.  Discover your spiritual gift.  Go to www.churchgrowth.org/analysis/index.php and click on the link marked “Free Spiritual Gifts Analysis.”

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