Pastor's Thoughts

The Importance of Spiritual Gifts

            Would you like to know exactly what God wants you to do for Him? Would you like to be apart of a church that God is using for major impact on the world? If you answered “YES” to either of those questions, then you are interested in spiritual gifts.

            The importance of spiritual gifts for your life and our church cannot be overstated. Remember, spiritual gifts are the motives, abilities, and roles for ministry that the Holy Spirit gives each member of the Body of Christ. Like the human body, there is a lot of different parts needed to function. Each church is like a body in that there are many parts needed, and each person does something that is needed for the whole to function. Every Christian is supposed to be in a church and use their spiritual gifts for the good of others in that church and for the effectiveness of that church in the world. 1 Peter 4:10, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.” If you are a Christian and you are not using your spiritual gifts in a congregation, you are literally depriving the rest of us of God’s grace! It’s that big of a deal!

            Also, I am firmly convinced that God gives every single congregation all of the spiritual gifts they need to accomplish His goals for them. Whatever God wants Holden FBC to accomplish, He will provide us with the spiritually gifted people to accomplish it. “But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as He chose” says 1 Cor. 12:18. Again in Ephesians 4:16, “from Christ the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” The members of the body, the parts of the body spoken of here, mean YOU!

We are making one more push here to inspire you to fill out the spiritual gifts survey in this month’s newsletter. If you can please take the 15 minutes it takes to fill out this spiritual gifts survey, it will make an eternity of difference. You will know God’s purpose for you, His design for your impact. As we all use our spiritual gifts to serve Jesus and His Body--the Church--we will accomplish all God wants us to accomplish. Imagine if we all did exactly what God wanted us to do! Imagine what impact that would make!

Part of this body with you,

Pastor Justin