Today David Brakke, our lead pastor at Maltby Christian Assembly, concluded a series on the Holy Spirit titled “The Third Person by talking about spiritual gifts.

The Apostle Paul writes, “Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church. Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up” (1 Corinthians 14:1-5, ESV).

Pastor David reminded us that we must utilize the gifts that God has given us where they are needed the most – outside the church walls. He proposed, “We shouldn’t just make it through life. But we should make a difference with our life.”

So what gift has God given you through his Holy Spirit? I am not talking about your natural talents or tendencies. I am talking about what only God can do in and through you. And are you using that gift in a way that brings glory and honor to God or only for time and attention to yourself? Are you showing decency, order, and maturity? Remember, the gifts of the Holy Spirit are not the same as the fruit of the Holy Spirit. But the gifts should be used in such a way that shows fruit.

And what was the highlight of this morning’s gathering? That our Thanksgiving celebration ended with Sherry Brakke and team leading our church in creating over one thousand care packages for our community. Talk about showing gifts of kindness.


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