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The Gifts of the Holy Spirit (1) 聖霊の賜物

Our theme for this year is ‘Your Kingdom Come’. This is our desire.
Our desire – our hope and our prayer – is that the Kingdom of God would be manifest in clear and practical ways in our lives and in our church.
There are many ways that God’s Kingdom can come in and through us.
We see it in salvation.
We see it in righteousness and justice.
We see it in changed lives – the fruit of the Spirit changing character.
We see it in transformed minds – new world views and attitudes.
And we see it in the receiving and using of spiritual gifts.
And this is what we will start looking at today.

A couple of weeks ago we had a powerful time of prayer, asking God to bless and empower us with the baptism/the filling of His Holy Spirit.
These experiences should never be one-off feel good moments, but rather, they should precipitate an ongoing movement of experiencing God, of increased hunger for His Word, of greater boldness to live the faith, of purposeful edification (building up) of each other, and of the receiving and nurturing of Spiritual gifts.

Jesus taught:イエスはこう教えました。
“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Matthew 11:11-13
12 バプテスマのヨハネの時から今に至るまで、天国は激しく襲われている。そして激しく襲う者たちがそれを奪い取っている。
13 すべての預言者と律法とが預言したのは、ヨハネの時までである。

So we are to continue seeking the blessing, the filling, the gifting, and the joy of the Holy Spirit.
私たちは神からの祝福、 充実、賜物、聖霊の喜びを求め続けるべきです。
Here are a few basic principles regarding the gifts of the Spirit before I get into defining them.
(I will define 10 of them today. Pastor Mike will teach on 9 of them in a couple of weeks.)

Spiritual Gift Principle #1: Gifts are given by the Holy Spirit. You can ask, but you can’t decide. The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts according to His grace and wisdom. (1 Cor 12:11)

Spiritual Gift Principle #2: Every Christian receives at least one spiritual gift. (1 Cor 12:7)

Spiritual Gift Principle #3: No one Christian has all the gifts. (1 Cor 12:7,8)

Spiritual Gift Principle #4: No one gift is experienced by all Christians. (1 Cor 12:29,30)
29, 30)

Spiritual Gift Principle #5: The gifts are not given to play with or to brag about. They are given to bring glory to God, to build up the church and to edify other believers. (1 Cor 12:7)

Spiritual Gift Principle #6: Spiritual gifts are to be eagerly desired. (1 Cor 14:1)

Spiritual Gift Principle #7: Unless spiritual gifts are used in love, they are useless and even harmful. (1 Cor 13:1)

The gift definitions that follow (in no particular order) are taken from the website and it’s this website that I will later send to all of you to complete online.

• Leadership リーダーシップ
The Holy Spirit gives the spiritual gift of leadership to some in the church to care for God’s people and lead them into a deeper relationship with Christ and each other.
Their goal is to help others grow in their spiritual walk with Jesus.
They will always lead relationally and with a deep concern for the well-being of others.
They are “visionary” and less concerned with mundane details than those with the spiritual gift of administration.

They are often willing to take risks to see the kingdom of God advanced through the church.
They will go to great lengths to protect those under their care and are well-equipped to lead through crisis situations.

See also Romans 12:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:12; 1 Timothy 3:4-5, 12; 5:17.

• Mercy 憐れみ
The Holy Spirit gives the spiritual gift of mercy to some in the church to love and assist those who are suffering, and walk with them until the Lord allows their burden to be lifted.
The gift of mercy is founded in God’s mercy towards us as sinners and is consistently expressed with measurable compassion.
Those with this gift are able to “weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15)
and “bear one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2) 互に重荷を負い合いなさい.
They are sensitive to the feelings and circumstances of others and can quickly discern when someone is not doing well.
They are typically good listeners and feel the need to simply “be there” for others.
See Romans 12:8, Matthew 5:7; Luke 10:30-37;James 3:17; Jude 22-23.

• Miracles 奇跡
Miracles are given by God to the church to reveal the presence and glory of God among His people and to create a sense of awe and wonder and Godly fear.
Those with the spiritual gift of miracles often have a heightened sensitivity to the presence and power of God through His Holy Spirit.
They have a special measure of faith and desire for God to reveal Himself and draw many to faith in His Son Jesus Christ.
They take care not to draw attention to themselves or have a following of people, but are constantly pointing others to Jesus.
Those with this gift understand that God is Sovereign and He can work when and how He desires, but they make sure they are available and listening to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
This gift is often accompanied by prayer and strong petition for God to reveal His glory to people.
Often God will deliberately humble them to keep them relying on His grace and pointing to His Son, rather than miracles.
See also 1 Corinthians 12:10, 28-29; Acts 1:8; Galatians 3:5.

• Pastor/Shepherd 牧師/羊飼い
Pastors are called shepherds because they are called and gifted to care for the spiritual well-being of a local body of God’s people as a shepherd cares for sheep.
This is not a gift only for the official ‘pastors’ of the church.
Any believer can have this gift and use it in the church.
The goal of the pastor is to reveal the glory of God in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit to a people who need God’s grace for life.
The primary way the pastor will do this is by teaching the Word of God to the church and also by guiding, protecting, and leading members in the mission that God has for His church.
The pastor loves the Gospel of Jesus Christ and puts it at the center of his life and ministry.
Pastors do not seek fame or recognition for themselves, but they are placed in a position of authority by the Holy Spirit.
Pastors are reminded daily of their overwhelming need for God’s grace in their ministry.
See also Ephesians 4:11; Jeremiah 3:15; Acts 20:28; John 10:11-18.

• Prophecy 預言
The gift of prophecy is enables the believer to receive a divinely inspired message and deliver it to others in the church.
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14:1 to “earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially prophecy.”
This gift is for the benefit of both believers and unbelievers and is a sign that God is truly among His church (1 Corinthians 14:22-25).
Those with this gift are sensitive to both the prompting of the Holy Spirit and the needs of the church body.
They should be humble and continually study the Scriptures in order to test these revelations before speaking them.
When they do speak, they should allow and even expect others to weigh what is said against the Scriptures and interpret the message accordingly.
(1 Corinthians 14:4, 26).
See also Romans 12:6, 1 Corinthians 12:10, 14:1-5, Ephesians 4:11-12, 1 Peter 4:10-11.

• Serving 奉仕
The spiritual gift of service endows believers to fill the many gaps of ministry and meet the needs of the church as it fulfills the Great Commission.
The goal is to energize the church and free up others to use their gifts to the fullest.
Those with the gift of service are committed to the spread of the Gospel.
They serve in ways that benefit others with different gifts and ministries that are more public.
They have a heart devoted to Jesus and a desire to follow His command and example.
Those with this gift do not seek recognition or a position in the “spotlight,” they just love to help out.
They are content with serving in the background knowing that their contribution will bless the church, display the love of Christ to the world, and bring glory to God.
See also Romans 12:7, 1 Corinthians 12:4-7; 28, Acts 20:35; 2 Timothy 4:11; Revelation 2:19.

• Teaching 教えること

Teachers have been entrusted with the task of effectively communicating what the Bible says, what it means, and how we as followers of Jesus Christ are to apply it to our lives here and now. 教師は聖書が何を言っているか、それがどういう意味か、イエス・キリストに従う者として私たちがそれをどのように適用すればいいのかをを効果的に伝える役目を任されています。
The spiritual gift of teaching is one that carries a heavy responsibility in the church.
In fact, James 3:1 warns,
“Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.”
The Holy Spirit gives certain people the spiritual gift of teaching so that they would help the church fulfill her ministry as “a pillar and foundation of the truth”
それは真理の柱、真理の基礎なのである (1 Timothy 3:15). テモテの3章15節からです。
Without this gift, the church would quickly fall into error and sin.
Teachers are there to make sure that doesn’t happen.
They hate when Scripture is abused and used out of context or with ill intent.
They love the truth and speak the truth in love.
See also Ephesians 4:11; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Romans 12:7; James 3:1

• Tongues 異言
Speaking in tongues is the utterance of prayer or of a message glorifying God, typically spoken to God (1 Corinthians 14:2), in a language that is unknown to the one speaking it.
Tongues can be human languages such as those heard in Acts 2, but often may be languages no one understands.
Tongues are not “ecstatic speech” but are always orderly and are able to be controlled by the one speaking.
See 1 Corinthians 14:27-28, 33, 39-40
The Holy Spirit gives some believers the spiritual gift of tongues to glorify God and, with the help of an interpreter, to edify the church.

The use of this gift should be encouraged.
It should also be used with pure motives and intentions,in the power and prompting of the Holy Spirit.
See also 1 Corinthians 12:10, 30, 14:4, 39, Acts 2:4, Acts 19:6.
• Interpretation of Tongues 異言の解釈
The spiritual gift of interpretation is given by the Holy Spirit to certain individuals to reveal messages spoken in an unknown tongue to God for the building up of the church.
Like the gift of prophecy, tongues that are interpreted have the effect of encouraging and blessing the church to love and serve God more deeply and effectively.
See also 1 Corinthians 12:10, 30; 14:1-28.

• Wisdom 知恵
The Holy Spirit gives some the spiritual gift of wisdom to not only impart the truth and understanding to believers, but to invoke a response of holiness and worship lived out in the world and amongst God’s people.
Wisdom doesn’t end with knowledge, but is expressed in transformed hearts and lives.
Those with the gift of wisdom have a deep understanding of the holiness of God and the lack of holiness in their own hearts.
They can recognize this in others as well and have the compassion and boldness to share that truth with them.
They are able to take from their own life experiences and share what God has taught them through those things.
They can easily recognize where a decision or action may lead and can warn against those that may be harmful or unfruitful.
They can often see through the confusion of a situation and can give direction that would help an individual or group obtain a God-glorifying goal.
See also 1 Corinthians 1:17-31, 2:1-16, 12:8; Colossians 1:9-10, 2:1-3; James 3:13-18
I’ll pause there for today.
I want to encourage you, as Paul does, to eagerly desire spiritual gifts.
Learn more about them. (Follow up on the scripture references I have used today.)
Seek them. Pray for them – alone and with other members of the church.
Be patient in waiting for them and wise and loving in developing them and using them.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Ephesians 1:3


Pastor Mike
• Administration 運営
• Apostleship 使徒の身分
• Discernment 洞察力
• Evangelism 伝道
• Exhortation 説教
• Faith 信仰
• Giving 与えること
• Healing 癒す
• Knowledge 知識