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The Gift of Healings

1 Corinthians 12:9-10, 28-30 • November 18, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards

The only time the word "healing" occurs in any of Paul's letters is the three times it occurs in 1 Corinthians 12. Do we put more emphasis on healing than the Bible does? What does the Bible say about how we are to handle sickness and disease in the post-apostolic church?

The Gift of Miracles

1 Corinthians 12:9-10, 28-30 • November 18, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards

There are three supernatural phenomena in the Bible: miracles, signs, and wonders. What are the differences? How does the Bible define a "miracle"? Is the gift of miracles active in the church today, and if it is, how so? It is clear that “miracles” in 1 Corinthians 12:9 and 28 refers to the Holy Spirit’s authority over the spirit of darkness. It is also clear that the gifts of miracles and healings were rare in the early church and most likely limited to the Apostles or those immediately connected to the Apostles: 1 Corinthians 12:28-30. The primary purpose of these gifts in the New Testament was to affirm to the Jewish people those chosen by God as having received divine revelation from God in the same way God used signs and wonders in the Old Testament to affirm his choice of Moses and Aaron, and the prophets. ​

The Serving Gifts: Faith

1 Corinthians 12:9; Hebrews 11:1 • November 11, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards

Faith is not a feeling. Faith is knowing. Faith is Christ as our confidence, Christ's word as our conviction, and Christ's conquering as our conquering. Conquering by faith may mean losing by sight. But we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen because faith is the evidence - the steadfast assurance - of things not seen.

Progress in the Christian Life: Walk, Talk, Sit, Stand

Ephesians 4:11-10 • October 21, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards

There is to be progress in the Christian life, from infancy to maturity. The Apostle Paul uses language throughout his letter to the Ephesians centered in the words "grow up." What does progress in the Christian life look like?

The Serving Gifts: Leadership

Romans 12:3-8 • October 28, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards

How does the gift of leadership given by the Holy Spirit in the context of His church differ from the natural abilities of leadership in the world? Who are the leaders within a local church? What characterizes the leaders within a local church that makes them easily identifiable by the church?

The Serving Gifts: Ministry

Romans 12:6-8 • October 21, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards

We are bound captives to our Master, the Lord Jesus Christ, who impoverished Himself to make us rich. We demonstrate that we are captivated by Jesus when we become bound to the service of others in obedience to our Lord's command.

The Speaking Gifts, Tongues, Part 2

1 Corinthians 14:13-20 • October 14, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards

In today's study of the Spiritual Gifts, we consider the Apostle Paul's precaution regarding tongues as a "private prayer language" and the true purpose of tongues which is missions.

The Speaking Gifts: Tongues and the Interpretation of Tongues

1 Cointhians 12:10; 1 Cointhians 14 • October 7, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards

Paul writes to the Church at Corinth to correct their misunderstanding of the use of the gift of tongues in the church. Tongues caused division and confusion in Corinth, and causes just as much confusion and division in today's church. Have tongues ceased? If so, why - since all of the other gifts haven't? If not, how are we to exercise this gift in the church today? PART ONE OF TWO PARTS

The Speaking Gifts: Prophecy

1 Corinthians 12:7-11; 14:1-5 • May 20, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards

The Gift of Prophecy is distinguished from preaching and teaching in that it involves an immediate insight from the Scriptures imparted by the Spirit of God. It is speaking to construct, to counsel, to console, and to convict.

The Gifts of the Spirit: Divided and Defined

1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Romans 12:6-8 • May 6, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards

In 1 Corinthians 12 and Romans 12, the Apostle Paul identifies 16 separate and distinct gifts which the Holy Spirit sovereignly distributes to members of the the church. In 1 Peter 4, the Apostle Peter divides these gifts into two groups: speaking gifts and serving gifts.

The Gifts of the Spirit: Distributing, Differing, Desiring

1 Corinthians 12:1-12, 27-31 • April 29, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards

From Ephesians 2:22 we learn that the church is "an habitation of God through the Spirit." We turn now to consider the means by which the Spirit is building the Church: the gifts of the Spirit which have been sovereignly distributed to the particular members of the church.

"Through the Spirit"

Ephesians 2:22 • April 22, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards

In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul emphasizes the role of the Holy Spirit in sealing the believer, enabling the believer's access to the Father, revealing the word of God, producing unity in the church, and gifting each believer to serve the church in order to build it. What is involved in the sealing of the Holy Spirit? How do I know that I have been sealed by the Holy Spirit?

Habitat for Deity, Part II

Ephesians 2:19-22 • April 15, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards

What is your place, purpose and role within the church? In answering that question, we first must answer two others: what is the church, and how do I become a part of the church. In today's message we see that we become a part of the church by the initiative of God who through His mighty power has raised Jesus from the dead, and through our faith in Jesus, God's mighty power extends to us in raising us from spiritual death and placing us within the body of Christ.

Habitat for Deity

Ephesians 2:19-22 • April 8, 2018 • Pastor Paul Edwards

What is my place, purpose, and role in the church? Before we can answer that question, we have to answer two others which Paul addresses in our text: what is the church? and how does anyone become a part of the church? Paul defines the church by giving us four pictures: a body, a community, a family, and a building.