Archive for the ‘Spiritual Gifts’ Category

What would you say, or want to say to a loved one or your friend if you knew that your death was imminent? Too often people die without any warning and conflicts go unresolved and regrets linger. Maybe this is your experience.

Death and dying are not pleasant topics to discuss. Most of us act like we’re going to live forever here on earth. But the reality and general rule is that, “…it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

The question is, Where will you spend eternitywith God in heaven or with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire (John 14:1-3; Matthew 25:30, 41, 46)? Yes, we can be sure (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13).

Christians shouldn’t fear death. Why? The sting of death has been removed (1 Corinthians 15:55-57). Jesus holds the keys of death today, not the devil anymore (Hebrews 2:14; Revelation 1:18). Paul wrote, “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).

He had been to Paradise and came back, but he wasn’t allowed to tell us about it (2 Corinthians 12:1-6; See Acts 14:19, 20). Jesus is preparing a place for His Bride, the true Church (John 14:1-3; Revelation 21:9 ff). Will you be there with Him and other believers? [1]

Admonitions to Timothy

As the Apostle Paul was in a Roman prison facing imminent death, he wrote his “Swan Song” to Timothy, his son-in-the-faith (1 Timothy 1:2).

(A “swan song” has been called the final performance of an actor, singer, composer, poet, or the like. According to folklore, swans sing most beautifully just before they die, and hence this phrase came to be used to describe someone who was leaving in style.)

Paul wanted to share some final thoughts with Timothy to encourage him to keep on serving the Lord even after he was gone from earth to heaven, which he said is far better (Philippians 1:23).

While this entire letter of Second Timothy has great value to it, and should be read often, we’ve selected just a few verses which we believe can help younger Evangelists, Pastor-teachers, whose job it is to glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31) by equipping other believers to do their work of ministry with the spiritual gift that God has given to each believer at the time of his/her salvation (Ephesians 2:10; 4:11-16; 1 Peter 4:10).

The devil wants to disappoint, discourage, and cause God’s servants to doubt God and His Word (Genesis 3:1-5). He goes about as a roaring lion seeking those whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). When he tempts believers, we must put on the whole armor of God and then resist him (Ephesians 6:10-17; James 4:7).

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58). “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9).

“And the things that you [Timothy] have heard from me [Paul] among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2).

Not every Christian is faithful and spiritual; many are carnal (1 Corinthians 2:14, 15; 3:1-4; Romans 8:6-8). They need to confess their known sins to God the Father and then claim His forgiveness (1 John 1:9; James 5:16) so God the Holy Spirit can illuminate their minds to the truth that is found in the Bible (Ephesians 1:17, 18). Then they can grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18).

“For as many as are [habitually being] led by the Spirit of God, these are [the maturing] sons of God” (Romans 8:14). If you’re saved, are you stunted or growing? Is God pleased?

In a message entitled “The Ultimate Final,” Dr. Howard Hendricks asks these questions: (1) Is the Lord well pleased? (2) Is the work well done? (3) Is the Word well used? [2] Please listen to it.

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

Being well pleasing to God and meeting His approval should be a top priority in our lives (See 2 Corinthians 5:9). As Christians we need to “… sanctify the Lord God in [our] hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks [us] a reason for the hope that is in [us], with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame [us] as evildoers, those who revile [our] good conduct in Christ may be ashamed” (1 Peter 3:15, 16).

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God [i.e., God breathed], and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).

“Doctrine = What is right; Reproof = What is not right; Correction = How to get right; Instruction in righteousness = How to stay right.” – Dr. Manfred Kober

The Scriptures tell us in words what God wants for us to know at this time. Within the pages of the 66 books of the Bible we have all that we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3, 4). “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

Heaven will never get boring. Why? In the ages of eternity, yet to come, God will reveal more and more to us believers (Ephesians 2:7). Ages and dispensations are not the same.

“Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8).

Carnal Christians don’t love or look forward to Christ’s imminent return for us (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 16:22; 1 John 2:28). If they did, they would act right. They are on dangerous ground and could die prematurely (1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16, 17). What about you?

At the “Bema Seat Judgment” the believer’s works will be evaluated to determine which ones are rewardable and praiseworthy, and which ones aren’t. The worthless works will be burned up (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10) without the believer’s losing his/her salvation (John 10:28, 29; Ephesians 4:30).

There are five crowns that Christians can earn for the glory of God. [3] Which ones will you earn? If you earn them, what will you do with them? (See Revelation 4:10,11)

Paul’s Words To Titus

“For a bishop [an overseer of a local church] must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word [Greek “didachen” = doctrines that are to be believed and practiced] as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine [Greek “didaskalia” = that which is to be believed, but not practiced], both to exhort and convict those who contradict” (Titus 1:7-9).

An overseer (Pastor-teacher) needs to understand and teach “Dispensational” distinctions to the believers in his care. Otherwise confusion reigns. Deacons also need to understand “the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience” (1 Timothy 1:4; 3:9).

While all of the Bible is FOR us, but not all of it is addressed TO us as Christians. “Galatianite Christians” try to come to spiritual maturity by keeping the “Mosaic Law.” [4] It’s impossible (Romans 6:14; Galatians 3:1 ff; 5:1 ff).

New Testament believers are to live by “Grace” principles. (See our Dispensations Chart to discover where our “House Rules” are found in the Scriptures.) [5] What value does the Old Testament have for Christians today? (See 1 Corinthians 10; Romans 15:4; Exodus 3:14).

Once again, if you knew that your time on earth was about to end, what would you do differently? “Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord” (Romans 12:17-19).

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).

We should treat every day as though it might be our last day on earth, or the last day of someone we love and/or know. Are you doing this?

How will you be remembered by others? What impact are you having on your family, friends, fellow workers, and others? Is it for good or for evil? What negative practices do you need to stop with God’s help? Which positive practices do you need to keep on doing?

We’re here to help unbelievers come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. [1] Once a person is saved from condemnation (Romans 8:1), we want to help him/her grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18).

If you would like additional spiritual help, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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[1] The Gospel – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

[2] The Ultimate Final – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKaavuDlvZ4

[3] Five Crowns – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/07/12/whats-free-whats-earned/

[4] Dispensations – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2021/11/18/law-grace-or-kingdom-living/

[5] The House Rules https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/the-house-rules/

Scripture taken from the New King James Version

Copyright c. 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

How Ironic. My “quarter pound” tongue. With it I can bless God and then turn around and curse men (James 3:9). And even though I’ve been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ, I could succumb to a temptation from the devil to lie, or to tell half truths with the intent to deceive, to gossip, to slander, to malign others, or use it for inappropriate language. I could even speak the truth to hurt someone rather than help and edify him/her. As a Christian, I should always speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), at the right time, for the right reason (1 Corinthians 10:31). [1]

Forest Fires. “Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell” (James 3:5, 6).

Observation. You can learn a great deal about a person by observing what makes him mad, sad, or glad.  What makes him laugh, cry, or get disturbed? What kind of TV programs does he/she like to watch?  What about you? What kind of impression do you have of others, and what do they really think about you?  Do you gossip about others, slander them, make snide remarks, or send out body language that expresses your true disgust with others whom you disdain?  Names and faces hurt, don’t they? [2]

Tongues. On the “Day of Pentecost” (50 days after Passover), God the Holy Spirit came to indwell the bodies of believers who had placed their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, as the One Who died for their sins, was buried, and rose again bodily on the third day. No longer could they keep this Good News silent. Jews from all over the world were in Jerusalem at that time. So God enabled the Lord’s disciples to speak in the known languages of the countries from which the Jews had come (Acts 2:5-12). This was a sign miracle that convinced many of them to believe in Christ and that God was extending salvation to the non-Jews too (1 Corinthians 14:22; See Acts 1:8).

Spiritual Gifts. It is our understanding that speaking in tongues (other languages) and the interpretation of tongues, along with some others, were temporary gifts until the Scriptures were completed (1 Corinthians 13:8-10). There are extant gifts still being given today. [3]

Evangelism. God wants every true Christian to use his/her tongue to spread the “Good News” concerning Christ with lost people so they can escape the horrors of hell and enter heaven (Matthew25:30,41, 46; Revelation 21:8). [4] The “Crown of Rejoicing” awaits believers who are involved in the salvation of others (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). Don’t let the devil intimidate you with fear (2 Timothy 1:7). Put on the “helmet of salvation” to overcome this temptation (Ephesians 6:17).

Prayer. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer” (Psalm19:14). [5]

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through out website: www.kelseypeach.com. Help us reach others by SHARING this with those in your circle of influence. To receive future articles as they come out, click on Follow.

[1] “My “Quarter Pound” Tongue.

[2] Help! My Tongue Is On Fire

[3] Spiritual Gifts – Temporary and Extant

https://www.kelseypeach.com/bible-basics

[4] Gospel Presentations – Audio, visual, and written format.

[5] My Mother’s Prayers


Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  
Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

After dying for our sins, and being buried for three days and nights, Christ (the God-man) rose again bodily from the dead and made Himself visible to over 500 witnesses over a forty day period of time before ascending back to heaven from where He had come (1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:1-11). [1]

Then He gave spiritual gifts to the members of His Body, the Church (Ephesians 4:11-16; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12-14).Some were temporary, others are extant. [2]

Evangelists. Those believers with the gift of evangelism are like spiritual obstetricians. They have a special ability to (1) communicate the gospel clearly to unbelievers, (2) find those who will believe in Christ, (3) and to teach other believers how to share the gospel effectively. (4) They will enjoy studying Scripture for various methods to accurately communicate the Gospel, and (5) encourage other believers to be good witnesses for Jesus Christ. (6) They will be consistently leading others to Christ for salvation and into a good, Bible believing local church. (7) They can be involved in working in the outreach activities of the local church.

Pastor-teachers. These men, who have been given this gift, are like spiritual pediatricians. They have a special ability to (1) lead, provide for, and care for believers through the teaching of the Word of God. They will enjoy (2) encouraging believers to put into practice the teachings of Scripture which apply to New Testament grace believers, (3) and protect them from doctrinal errors. (4) They will enjoy setting spiritual goals for believers, and (5) seeing all the extant gifts operating with love. (6) They will anticipate receiving the crown of glory for faithful service and the opportunity to give an account for their service. (7) This gift could be used in the office of an overseer (bishop) of a local church, in a Bible institute or college, or as a teacher of Bible classes, etc.

If you lack assurance of your salvation, or would like to learn more about your “Spiritual Gift,” visit:

[1] “The Gospel” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

[2] Spiritual Gifts: (Some of this material was adapted from David K. Spurbeck, Sr.)

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/category/spiritual-gifts/

Cut Off Big Toe

Posted: November 8, 2021 in Spiritual Gifts, Uncategorized

Once when our late son, Bill was mowing the grass on a steep hill without proper shoes, he almost cut off one of his big toes. Needless to say, it wasn’t a pretty sight.

In Old Testament times the conquering kings sometimes would cut off the big toes and thumbs of those whom they had defeated (Judges 1:6, 7). Why? Because without your thumb you can’t swing a sword well, and without your big toes you can’t run well.

Many people in Bible believing churches today either are missing or not using their spiritual thumbs or their big toes or some other body parts that were designed by God to function for the well being of others within the spiritual “Body of Christ.” [1]

“For as the [human] body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ [the “New Creation” – See 2 Corinthians 5:17]. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit…But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased…And the eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you’; nor again the head [Christ] to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’” (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13, 18, 21). Yes, Jesus needs those whom He saves, and so do other believers who depend on you and me to function in the body.

Think about the time your arm or leg “fell asleep” and you were limited in what you could do. Imagine what it would be like to you lost your sight, hearing, smelling, feelings, or some essential body parts. It’s been said that 20% of the people in a local church do 80% of the work. What are you doing for the glory of God, the salvation of the lost, and the edification of believers?

Part of Christ’s current work in heaven involves His directing, through the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14), the members of His Body, the Church (including those believers who make up local churches). He wants us to do what we do for His glory and the good of others, especially those within the household of faith (1 Corinthians 10:31; Galatians 6:10).

If you are a true Christian, but haven’t discovered your spiritual gift yet, why not devote some time in Bible study and prayer so you can do the good works with “agape” love that God planned for you to do while you’re here on earth (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 13)? You’ll feel so much more fulfilled in life and you will be amply rewarded by the Lord on Judgment Day for any suffering you may endure as you serve others (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Hebrews 6:10; Romans 8:18).

It’s part of the Pastor-teacher’s job to equip the believers in his care for their work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-16). Don’t be looking for or wanting to have one or more of the “temporary gifts.” If you aren’t sure which ones are temporary and which ones are extant, contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to help those who are teachable, willing to change and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18).

[1] “The Body of Christ, The True Church.” We become members in this Body when we place our faith and trust in Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Bible believing local churches are, as to their character and quality, like the spiritual Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27). Christ is the Head of the Body (Ephesians 1:22) and He is the One who decided what spiritual gift would be given to which believers (Ephesians 4:11-16) and how it should be used with love (1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13).

Clear Gospel presentations –

“Bad News & Good News” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

Dr. Manfred Kober: https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Dr. Ron Shea: http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Scripture verses taken from the New King James Version.

Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

“Barnabas Notes”

Posted: October 20, 2021 in Spiritual Gifts, Uncategorized

He was known as “The Son of Encouragement” (Acts 4:36). God used Barnabas to go get the Apostle Paul from his home town in Tarsus and introduce him to the Christians whom Paul had been persecuting before he became a Christian (Acts 9:26, 27).

Barnabas also had great concern for John Mark who had deserted him and Paul at Pamphylia on their first missionary journey (Acts 15:36-40). He wanted to give Mark another opportunity to show that he had changed, even though Paul wasn’t convinced. This caused Paul and Barnabas to split up.

But later, as Paul was in prison and about to be executed, he called for Mark. He came to realize that he had turned around and now was useful for ministry (2 Timothy 4:11). In fact, God used Mark to write the second Gospel account of Christ’s life, probably with the help of Peter.

He also has a plan for each believer’s life (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10), even for those who have failed God. Think of Abraham who lied about his wife, Jacob who stole his brother’s birthright, Rahab who had been a harlot, King David who committed adultery and murder, Peter who denied the Lord, the Samaritan woman who had been married five times, et al. Thank God for His gracious judicial (Ephesians 1:7) and family forgiveness (1 John 1:9).

If you’ve never placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, why not not? If you do this, you will not be condemned (Romans 8:1) and you will receive eternal life as a present possession (John 3:16, 18; 5:24).

As Christians, we can/should be encouragers to those who may be discouraged, disappointed, and doubting God and His Word. (Read Galatians 6:1) Who do you know that may be thinking about “throwing in the towel”? Will you let God use you to help him/her? “For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister” (Hebrews 6:10).

God comforts us in trouble so we can comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). A phone call, an e-mail, or a card from you could make a difference in someone’s life.

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About Spiritual Gifts

Posted: October 19, 2021 in Spiritual Gifts, Uncategorized

Most Christians go through life not knowing what the Scriptures teach about “spiritual gifts.” They don’t know which ones were temporary and which ones are still being given today to every Christian at the moment of salvation. What does your Pastor believe about them? Ask him.

Are you expecting him to do what you should be doing in YOUR work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-16)? If you are, STOP doing that! You’re causing the “Body of Christ” and the local church to function poorly. You’re more than a “bill payer” and a “pew warmer.”

If you’re saved, you’ve been given a “spiritual gift” that needs to be developed and used regularly with love. (Please read carefully Romans 12:1-8; 1 Corinthians 12-14; 1 Peter 4:10). If you are or are not a Pastor-teacher reading this and would like to know what I believe the Scriptures teach on this subject, contact me. You may or may not agree with my conclusions.

We want to help those who are teachable and willing to change so they can do the work that God has given to each Christian (Ephesians 2:10). “Many hands make light work.” Please LIKE and SHARE this with others so God is glorified and Christians are edified.

How To Develop An Evangelistic Lifestyle

Perhaps you’re among those who think that the work of evangelism should be left up to “Clerical George” and his staff. After all, isn’t that what most churches pay him to do? Or is he supposed to teach other Christians how they too can have the joy of bringing spiritual babies into God’s family?

God’s Word makes it plain to us that if we, as Christians, want to bring glory to God, we need to be involved in leading other lost people to Christ so they can be saved from having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; 1 Timothy 2:4; Matthew 25:30, 41 46). “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word [Gospel] of God” (Romans 10:17; 1:16, 17; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

Andrew led his brother Peter to the Lord (John 1:41, 42). Peter, in turn, led thousands of Jews and non-Jews to the Lord (Acts 2:41; 10; 11). Have you ever led anyone to the Lord to be saved? Would you like to learn how to do that?

Many Christians, especially new converts, would like to have the joy of leading others (perhaps family members, friends, or fellow workers) to Christ, and earning the “Crown of Rejoicing” and other crowns to present to Christ when they see Him at the Bema Seat Judgment (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 4:10). What do you know about these crowns and how to earn them?

Sadly, most Christians aren’t taught how to lead others to Christ so they can be saved, or they yield to Satan’s temptation to be timid and fearful (Luke 22:32-34; 56-62; 1 Corinthians 2:3; 2 Timothy 1:7; 1 Peter 5:8). When Jesus ascended back to heaven, He gave “spiritual gifts” to the Church. They included Evangelists and Pastor/teachers (Ephesians 4:11; See also Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12-14; 1 Peter 4:10). Some gifts were temporary until the Scriptures were completed; others are extant (1 Corinthians 13:8-13). Evangelists (spiritual obstetricians) will be most successful in leading others to Christ for salvation. But they also can be used by God to teach other believers how to do the work of evangelism. Pastor/teachers (spiritual pediatricians) will be most effective in the spiritual growth of new believers.  (If you don’t know what your spiritual gift is, contact us for more information.)

Here are some helpful suggestions from an evangelist for us to consider:

People. We need to see them as Jesus did. They were like sheep without a shepherd (Matthew 9:36; 14:14). As He was finishing up His mission on earth, He looked over the city of Jerusalem and wept over them (Matthew 23:37-39). Have you ever wept over lost people? “He came to His own, but His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11, 12). How do you see the people around you – with love or with indifference?

Obey. Too often we make excuses for not doing the things we know God wants us to do. Even some of the great heroes of the faith had their moments of timidity. Negative examples include: Moses (Exodus 3:11); Jeremiah (1:6); Jonah (1:3). But we also have some positive examples to follow: Isaiah (6:8), Peter (Acts 2:14 ff); Paul (2 Timothy 2:8-10).

Prayer. We have eight ways to communicate with God: worship, praise, thanksgiving, supplication, intercession, asking in Jesus’ name, confession, and making vows. Our Lord communicated constantly with His Father. God has opened up many doors and opportunities for us which He wants us to enter (Revelation 3:8; 1 Corinthians 16:9). With the needs of others as great as they are, we should pray for more workers (Matthew 9:37), and that God would stimulate us and other believers to be faithful, available, teachable, flexible, resilient, evangelistic, and enthusiastic (F.A.T.F.R.E.E.).  If you’re a Christian, which of these areas need the most attention? How is your prayer life? Is it limited to “asking and receiving”?

Contact. Wherever we go, we can usually find people in our neighborhood, in the marketplace, or in the workplace. We could/should keep songs like these in our hearts: “Rescue The Perishing” or “Give Me A Passion For Souls.” A Christian who is filled with Holy Spirit will have a speaking, singing, thankful, and submissive heart (Ephesians 5:18-21). How is you heart’s condition?

Be Bold. One of the devil’s tactics is to roar like a lion and to try to intimidate believers (1 Peter 5:8). He overcame the Apostle Peter who denied the Lord three times (Luke 22:31-32, 54-62). But after he got turned around, Peter was instrumental in leading 3,000 Jews to the Lord on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:41) and later on many Gentiles too (Acts 10; 11). To overcome this temptation to be timid, we must utilize the helmet of salvation (Ephesians 6:17) and go forth with boldness in the power of God (1 John 4:4; Philippians 4:13; Acts 4:13, 29, 31).

Conclusion: Make no mistake about it, God wants to be glorified through the salvation of unbelievers (Luke 19:10), and by Christians bearing much spiritual fruit (John 15:8). If you’re a believer, will you submit and yield yourself to God daily, hourly, and moment by moment and let Him live out His life through your life (Galatians 2:20; 5:22, 23)? What actions does God want you to take right now (James 1:22; 4:17)? Have you been quenching Him and rendering Him ineffective in your life (1 Thessalonians 5:19)?  If you’re not saved, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, and you will saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  We are NOT saved by our good works, or by our faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Help. We’re here to assist you and others who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If this has helped you, please let us know how it has, and then SHARE this information with others. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Download our updated “Understanding The Times Dispensations Chart” book marker and make a few copies to pass out to others.  Click on “Follow” to receive future articles as they come out.

*Portions taken and adapted from Evangelist Dr. Larry Moyer’s book, “How-To Book On Personal Evangelism,” Chapter 1, Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI

Philippians 1:1 (Lesson #6)

We all know that we’ve sinned and have acted lawlessly (1 John 1:8-10; 3:4). This makes us sinners in need of a Savior because we can’t save us ourselves by our good works (Romans 3:10, 23; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). But when the word “saint” is mentioned, what comes into your mind? To some people “The title ‘Saint’ denotes a person who has been formally canonized, that is, officially and authoritatively declared a saint, by the Church as holder of the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and is therefore believed to be in Heaven by the grace of God.” Today Romanists generally believe that a person can become a saint by (1) waiting five years. The process to make someone a saint cannot normally start until at least five years after their death. … (2) becoming a “servant of God,” (3) showing proof of a “heroic virtue,” (4) having performed verified miracles, (5) and then going through cononisation. [1]

But according to the Scriptures, the moment a person believers on the Lord Jesus Christ as the One who died for his/her sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, he/she becomes a saint, a child of God, a royal priest, and a member in the Body of Christ which is the true Church (1 Corinthians 1:2; Philippians 1:1; 1 John 3:10; 1 Peter 2:5, 9; Revelation 1:6; Romans 12:4, 5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 5:30). There are many other things that can be said of every true Christian who has been blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3). If you’re saved, how many of them could you name? Is your lack of Bible knowledge contributing to your not enjoying the eternal and abundant life that Christ came to give to you (John 10:10)? How much time are you spending in God’s Word and meditating on it (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17)? Do you need help to understand the Scriptures? If so, ask us about our “Dispensations Chart.” It might help you greatly. Knowing what parts are to you as opposed to what is for you, can make a big difference.

Saints. This word comes from the Greek language (in which the New Testament was written) and essentially means one who has been separated unto God. “Sainthood is not an attainment; it is a state into which God in grace calls men.” – W. E. Vine. It has to do with a believer’s position “in Christ.” Just as a prince is taught and then called upon and expected to behave like a prince, so too all true believers (Christians) are called upon to learn how to live up to the level of their position “in Christ” (1 Peter 1:15, 16). “In the New Testament the word “saint” always refers to a sanctified person, one set apart to God inviolably [incapable of being violated] for His possession and service. (Compare the related Greek words hagios and hagiazo rendered “saint” and “sanctify” respectively.) The aspect of Christian sanctification is positional, based on the atoning blood of Christ (Hebrews 13:12; compare 10:10-14). In this sense, all believers are saints regardless of their progress and growth…” – Taken from Dr. C. I. Scofield’s Study Bible, Romans 1:7 note. [2] “The Apostle Paul was fond of addressing his fellow believers as “saints” (cf. Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 2 Corinthians 1:1; Ephesians 1:1; Colossians 1:2; 1 Thessalonians 3:13; 2 Thessalonians 1:10; Philemon 5, 7). This title reflects the Christian’s present justified standing before God, though not necessarily his or her present sanctified standing in the sight of other people.” – Dr. Thomas Constable. [3]

“In Christ Jesus.” The term “Christ” can be used to mean (1) “Messiah” (Matthew 16:16, 20), (2) the “resurrected and glorified One” (Acts 2:22-36), or to (3) the “New Man” or the “New Creation” called “The Christ” (Ephesians 2:14, 15; Ephesians 5:32; 2 Corinthians 5:17). The context must determine the meaning. When a sinner believes/trusts in the Lord Jesus Christ alone for his/her salvation (Acts 16:31), he/she is placed (baptized spiritually) into this “New Creation” which includes the spiritual “Body of Christ, which is His Church” (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13; Matthew 16:18). The members include all believers from the “Day of Pentecost” (Acts 2) up to the Rapture of the Church (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; John 6:37; Romans 11:25). The Lord Jesus Christ became the Head of His Body, the Church after His crucifixion, death, and bodily resurrection from the dead, on the Day of Pentecost (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 4:8-16; Acts 2). As the Head, Jesus Christ is the One who directs the affairs of the Body through God the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4-6). Sadly, many Christians grieve (Ephesians 4:30) and quench Him (1 Thessalonians 5:19) by sinning or failing to follow His leading in their lives (Romans 8:14; 2 Timothy 2:12).

Spiritual Gifts. The activities of the Body of Christ (Christians) are directly related to his/her spiritual gift that is/was given to each and every New Testament believer at the moment of his/her salvation (1 Peter 4:10; Ephesians 2:10). Some of the spiritual gifts were “temporary” until the Scriptures were completed (1 Corinthians 13:8-10), while others are extant (still being given out today). (See our “Bible Basics Docs” on our website for more information.) For a believer to receive crowns, rewards, or praise from Christ at the time of the “Bema Seat Judgment” (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10), these good works must be exercised with love that is produced by God the Holy Spirit in the lives of “Spirit filled” believers (1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13; 22, 23; Ephesians 5:18). Good works done independently of God are like wood, hay, and straw and they will be burned up on judgment day (John 15:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 4:13; Isaiah 64:6). The unbelievers’ day of judgment, called “The Great White Throne Judgment,” will come at the end of the 1,000 reign of Christ (Revelation 20:11-15). It will determine the degree of suffering these people will endure throughout all eternity. There is no annihilation of the wicked dead as some cults teach (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Mark 9:44, 46, 48). In which judgment will you participate (Hebrews 9:27)?

Philippi. It was a Roman colony in Europe and a military outpost. The citizens apparently enjoyed autonomous government, immunity from taxes, and treatment as if they lived in Italy. The first Christians and members of this local church were Lydia and jailor and his family (Acts 16). Other people were saved as the new Christians shared the Gospel with others in the community (Acts 1:8). Dr. Luke may have stayed in Philippi for awhile to strengthen the newly established local church after Paul and Silas left there and went to Thessalonica where they also faced persecution (Acts 17).

Bishops. This term relates to an overseer of a local church (1 Timothy 3:1 ff). “Pastor-teacher” is the spiritual gift that a man should have to become an overseer of a church. Being an “elder” tells us that a bishop (overseer) should have a relative degree of spiritual maturity and this takes some time (1 Timothy 3:6; Titus 1:5 ff). He should be involved in feeding, guiding, guarding, and healing God’s flock, the Church (1 Peter 5:1-4; Acts 20:28-31; 2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 4:1-5; See Revelation chapters 2, 3 for Christ’s words to the angels/messengers/Pastor-teachers in these seven churches).

Deacons. These men need to be genuinely saved (2 Peter 1:10) and be Spirit filled men (Ephesians 5:18) with God’s wisdom (James 1:5; 3:17, 18) who assist the Bishops, Pastor-teachers so they can give themselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word (Acts 6:3, 4; 1 Timothy 3:8).

Questions? Have you placed your faith and trust in the Christ of the Scriptures alone to save you? Do you see yourself as a necessary member in the “Body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12-31)? If you are saved, are you acting like a Christian should act? Do you know what your spiritual gift is? Do you realize that while we have citizenship here on earth, our most important citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20)? Are you using the “spiritual gift” that God gave to you to edify others within the “Body of Christ” (1 Peter 4:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:11)? What are you doing to magnify and make the Lord Jesus Christ known to other people (1 Corinthians 10:31; Psalm 34:3)? What needs to change?

Help. We’re here to assist you and others who are “teachable” and “willing to change” (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Join us on Facebook and Youtube for our Bible studies. If this has helped you, please SHARE it with others.

[1] Saints.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint

https://www.google.com/search?q=what+comes+to+people%27s+minds+when+the+word+saint+is+mentioned&oq=what+comes+to+people%27s+minds+when+the+word+saint+is+mentioned&aqs=chrome..69i57.19383j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

https://www.google.com/search?q=How+do+you+become+a+saint+in+the+Catholic+Church%3F&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwirhvKQzY7iAhUNSa0KHcSVDXEQzmd6BAgKEAo&biw=693&bih=398

https://www.newsweek.com/how-do-you-become-saint-pope-francis-just-announced-new-path-635376

[2] Dr. C. I. Scofield Study Bible. http://www.cheapestbookprice.com/prices/9780195275520-the-scofield%C2%AE-study-bible-iii-nkjv-indexed

[3] Dr. T. Constable, https://www.planobiblechapel.org/tcon/notes/html/nt/philippians/philippians.htm

The Bad News & The Good News” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

The Scriptures teach and we believe that every true New Testament believer was/is given a spiritual gift at the time of his/her salvation (1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:11). Sadly, many Christians spend their entire lives thinking of themselves as nothing more than “bill payers” or “pew warmers.” They “sit, soak, and sour” because they take in God’s Word but don’t apply it to their own lives and share it with others (James 1:22; 2:18-20; 2 Timothy 2:2). They are like the Dead Sea. Others sometimes think more highly of themselves than they should (Romans 12:3). We need to remember that “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6).

Gifts. After Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day He ascended on high to the Father’s right hand (Acts 1:9-11; Ephesians 1:20). Then He gave some believers the spiritual gifts of evangelists and pastor/teachers to equip the church (Christians) for their work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-16). These are the good works that God planned for us to do while we’re here on earth (Ephesians 2:10). If you’re a true Christian, do you know what your spiritual gift is and are you using it with love for the glory of God and the good of others (1 Corinthians 10:31; 13:1-13; Galatians 5:13; 6:10)? If not, why not start now? Our crowns, rewards, and praise at the Bema Seat Judgment will be determined by what we do here on earth (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

Body. Most of us have taken biology and/or human anatomy in school. We have come to realize that our human bodies are made up of many parts – some visible to others and some internal members that aren’t seen but which are vital to the function of the whole body. Working together they enable us to think, live, move, breathe, walk and talk. “For as the [human] body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is [the] Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12; 13).

Test. “Have you ever taken an aptitude or vocational interest test? If you have, you know these tests often measure dexterity, vocabulary, and problem solving ability. Their purpose is to identify skills you have as a guide for future education and training. That way you might avoid becoming a square peg in a round hole.

Questions: “Here’s a three question ‘aptitude test’ to help you discover your spiritual gift…for use in your local church:

1. As you examine your church’s ministry, where do you think improvement could be made? (This is probably an area which would involve your gift, as revealed by your sensitivity to need in that area.)

2. What type of ministry do you eagerly anticipate doing?

3. What type of ministry do others compliment you on?” [1]

How To Discover Your Spiritual Gift [2]

by David K. Spurbeck, Sr.

1. Know what the temporary and extant spiritual gifts are. 1 Corinthians 13:8-10

2. Walk by means of the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 5:18; Romans 8:14; 1 John 1:9

3. Ask God for wisdom and illumination. Ephesians 1:18; James 1:5; 3:17; 1 John 2:20, 27

4. Be available and patient. Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Thessalonians 5:14; Galatians 5:22, 23

5. Ask for the acknowledgment of other believers. Galatians 2:1-10

6. Does God seem to be blessing your efforts? 2 Corinthians 3:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20

Are you teachable, willing to study, and to change if necessary (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17)? If you’d like to learn more about “Spiritual Gifts,” go to www.kelseypeach.com and to Bible Basics Docs. For more information, go to https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/category/spiritual-gifts/ For audio/visual presentations, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsexvC2jhnk and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhgPB5T2OlM

Help. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please let us know if this information has helped you discover your spiritual gift. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

Some of this material has been adapted and condensed from [1] “Your Daily Walk” Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, Atlanta, Georgia, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, p. 386, and from [2] “Spiritual Gift: Which One Is Yours?” by David K. Spurbeck, Sr., Valley Baptist Church, Gaston, OR 97119

Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill. True or False? If you believe in “humanism” (unlimited human potential), you might think that you can, but there are many things that the mind can conceive without our being able to achieve them. Example – I can conceive in my mind (perhaps in my dreams) that I could grow another 18” and that I could play basketball like Michael Jordan did, but this isn’t going to happen. Jesus said, “Which of you by worrying can add one cubit (18 inches) to his stature” (Matthew 6:27)? Some people believe that they can become gods in this or the next life and repopulate others worlds through multiple wives. They worship and serve the creature rather than the Creator (Romans 1:25).

False Teachers. The “Word of Faith” false teachers have fallen into this lie too just like their father, the devil did (Isaiah 14:14; Genesis 3:5; John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10). Some of them claim to be “little gods” who can just speak things into existence with positive thoughts and words. Some of them can be heard demanding God to do what they want done. Without realizing it, they are actually blaspheming God. We don’t demand things from God. Instead we should humbly ask favors from Him according to His will (John 16:13; 15:16). Have you, or has someone you know, come under the influence of the “Health, Wealth, and Happiness” false teachers? Please read 2 Peter 2:19; Jude 1:13.

The Gift. When God saves a person who has put his/her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, He gives each one of them a “spiritual gift” and enables him/her to do the work that He pre-planned for him/her to do (Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:13; 4:13, 19; John 15:16).

Ignorant. The sad part is that most Christians don’t realize that God has given them a “spiritual gift” (1 Corinthians 12:1; 1 Peter 4:10), and so they don’t develop it or use it for God’s glory or the good of others (1 Corinthians 10:31; 12:7; 13:1-13). Sometimes it’s the fault of the Pastor/teacher who doesn’t tell his people about this wonderful truth from God’s Word (Acts 20:27; 2 Timothy 4:1-4), or it may be the believer’s fault for treating this matter lightly after being taught about it (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; Hebrews 5:11-14).

Rewarding. But once you, as a Christian, discover that you have one of these extant gifts and use it with “agape” love (1 Corinthians 13), your life will be much more rewarding and fulfilled (John 10:10). You won’t spend your life engaged in “worthless works” that will be burned up at the “Bema Seat Judgment” (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

Temporary. Some of these “spiritual gifts” were given out to some believers until the New Testament was completed (1 Corinthians 13:8-10; John 16:13, 14). These include: apostles, prophets, discerning of spirits, word of knowledge, word of wisdom, tongues, interpretation of tongues, miracles, and healings.

Extant. These are the “spiritual gifts” that God is still giving out today to believers at the moment of their salvation: Evangelists, Pastor/teachers, teachers, helpers, ministers, exhorters, mercy showers, exceptional givers, exceptional faith demonstrators, organizers, and administrators.

Information: Spiritual gifts are (1) for service (1 Corinthians 12:7), (2) sovereignly given (1 Corinthians 12:28; Hebrews 2:4), (3) not natural, developed talents (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13), (4) given to all Christians (1 Corinthians 12:7; 1 Peter 4:10); (5) to be exercised in love (1 Corinthians 13), (6) given to help us determine our priorities (1 Corinthians 12:4-8), (7) not all permanent (1 Corinthians 13:8-13).

Discover. If you’re truly saved, here are some things you might do to discover your “spiritual gift.” (1) Know what the gifts are (1 Corinthians 12:1). (2) Be filled with the Spirit and walk by means of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:16, 25). (3) Ask God to illuminate your mind (Ephesians 1:18). (4) Be available and patient (See Isaiah 6:8). (5) Ask for the acknowledgement of other Spirit filled believers (Acts 13:1-3). (6). Ask, “Does God seem to be blessing my efforts?”

Help. We’re here to assist those who are “teachable” and “willing to change” (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). To discover more about “spiritual gifts,” we invite you to go to our website: www.kelseypeach.com and go to the section on “Bible Basics.” To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” If this has helped you, please share this information with others.

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