A worship service is not primarily about what we receive from God, but what we give to God. What fuels our worship is not an emptiness that we come seeking to have filled, but a fullness that cannot contain itself and must be expressed.
David Rohrer, in “Gratitude is the Stem Cell of Worship”
The Spiritual Gifts Test
Jacob, one of my fraternity brothers, posted a link for The Spiritual Gifts test. Spiritual gifts are God-given graces meant to build up the body of Christ (the Church). Here are the results from my own test:
Apparently, my top 3 spiritual gifts come at a tie, so it’s really a top 4:
1. “Helps/Serving/Ministering” and “Pastor/Teacher”
This is the spiritual gift where the Spirit empowers certain Christians to render practical help in both physical and spiritual matters. Serving one another, like evangelism, is a calling of all Christians, but there are some who have a special desire to serve, and receive great blessing from it. See Romans 12:7, I Corinthians 12:28, Galatians 6:1-2
This is the spiritual gift where the Spirit enables certain Christians to preach and teach the Word of God and to take responsibility for the spiritual welfare of a body of believers. See Ephesians 4:11, I Peter 5:1-11
2. “Administration/Ruling” and “Mercy”
This is the spiritual gift where the Spirit enables certain Christians to organize, administrate, and promote the various affairs of the local church’s ministry to direct them effectively. A local church cannot grow beyond a certain point without the ministry of these individuals. See I Corinthians 12:28, Romans 12:8, Titus 1:4-5
I’m not too happy with the “pastor” word showing up. I can’t escape it.
People often ask when the next step in evolution—the step to something beyond man—will happen. But in the Christian view, it has happened already. In Christ a new kind of man appeared: and the new kind of life which began in Him is to be put into us.
Even in social life, you will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you’re making.