Read today’s devotional…
This is THE chapter int be Bible on spiritual gifts. There are two lists, one of nine gifts and another of eight.
Romans 12 (focussed on vs.3-8) Gifts 1
List the seven gifts of Romans 7: 1. ___________ 2. ___________ 3. _______________ 4. _______________ 5. ___________ 6. _____________7. ______________.
For what purpose does Paul say these gifts are given? What seems to be the focus of this list? How are these “manifestations of the Spirit”, an extension, or a further demonstration of the grace of God? Do you know what “gift” you have been given? Are you using it, as a part of the Body?
Acts 2 Pentecost
Pentecost was a unique event in it’s time and would be in our time as well. What can we learn from what happened here? Does the context of Acts 2 suggest that this event is a model for all Christians for all time, (read chapters 1 & 3), or that this event was foundational to a new move of God, or both? Have you witnessed or experienced anything like what is described in the details of Pentecost?
John 14:23-26; 15:26; 16:5-15; Acts 1:8 Origin
Jesus promised the disciples, that upon His return to the Father, He would send the Holy Spirit. List the roles of the Holy Spirit that Jesus makes plain in the verses above. (This list is not exhaustive mind you). What, according to Acts 1:8 is the purpose of the Holy Spirit’s coming? Has your witness to your world been emboldened by the Holy Spirit in your life- why or why not? What do you hope to learn, or how do you hope to grow through this series?
As we reach the crescendo of our morning today at GBC, we will witness believer’s baptism together – as noted – signifying the new life that each of these have in Christ. How does the testimony of the baptism, their new life and the faith inspire and rejuvenate yours? If you are in Christ - do you understand the richness you have as a new creation in Christ?
Galatians 2:20/Romans 6:1
This miraculous exchange is not figurative or symbolic but literal and actual. The spiritual part of every Christian has LITERALLY and ACTUALLY been crucified, buried and raised with Christ. Read Colossians 3:3 & 2 Corinthians 5:17. Do you understand this critical aspect of the Christian faith? How does Galatians 5:13 now tell us we are to live?
Baptism is an exciting representation of an “exchanged life”. For those who profess Christ – what does this say about who they are now? What does this say about our sin nature as a believer?
Baptism is not something we do to add to our salvation. How could making baptism essential to salvation become problematic? Baptism at its heart should be a joyful, willing act of a declaration of faith in the life of a believer. Read Acts 8:34-40 – how is this a great example of joyful obedience?
How was reconciliation done on our behalf? Who was reconciliation done for? Paul says in verse 16 that through the cross a dividing wall of hostility is abolished – connect this with what happens in baptism symbolically.
How do these verses deal with identity change? How do these verses bring appreciation or awareness of what it means to be “united” with Christ? How does this imagery connect with what is represented in water baptism?