Friday, June 18, 2010

1 Corinthians 12:1-6

1 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.
4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

Questions to consider:
  • What does Paul want the Corinthians to understand about spiritual gifts?
  • What is the unity across the diverse gifts?
  • What theme does Paul seem to be trying to get across to the Corinthian church in verses 4-6?

Possibilities for prayer:

It’s pretty cool that spiritual gifts are something that we’re encouraged to know about. It’s also encouraging that we can be confident that all the gifts, in all their diversity, come from the Holy Spirit. Despite this confidence, we still require discernment to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. Today, let’s ask for greater ability to hear and understand the Holy Spirit.