Sunday, November 12, 2006

House of Faith - Part 6 - Being Doers of the Word



James 1:22

22Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”


Only 1 obstacle stands between a complacent mediocre church, and a thriving spirit filled house of God.

1 obstacle…1 Word


Most of us have discovered the gifts God has given us.

If you haven’t there are some discovery tests we can get to you so you can take them home and fill them out.

We may be excited about what we found out about our gifts, or even confused.

You may be surprised.

Now comes the time where we begin to use them, becoming doers.

Do you remember the illustration about my lawn mower I gave a while back?

I can have a lawn mower, but unless I use it, my grass will never get cut.

We must be doers if we expect this church to serve and please God.

You are not just here to keep the chairs warm.

You are not just here to tithe.

You are not just here to visit and have fellowship.

God has a purpose for you personally in this church!

If you are here today, it’s because God has a purpose for you in your life, and He wants you to live it!

Today we are going to discuss 3 principles to help you develop your discoveries.

At first my plan was to give you a list of what gifts work well for which positions within the church.

But as I thought about that, what if God wants us to move in a direction yet unknown to us?

How could I define a position that does not exist yet?

So instead of showing you where your gift belongs, we will discuss how to develop and grow your gift, and God will lead you in the right direction.

“Seek God in everything and he will guide your path.”

So we will continuously seek God for direction while we are growing.

  1. Take Advantage of Opportunities

We could all be more effective teachers, singers, leaders, visitors, councilors, maintenance workers, and witnesses if we would take advantage of learning and training opportunities.

Just because God has given you a gift, doesn’t mean that you will immediately use it to its full potential.

Although the Spiritual Gift is God’s ability not ours, we need to use it so it will grow.

Remember the story of the talents?

When the master saw he could trust the servant with a little, he gave the servant a lot!

When we faithfully exercise our gift, God will grow that gift.

When we show God He can trust us to use what He gives us, He will give us more!

It’s about obedience, and it’s about DOING.

This is the one thing that stands between a mediocre church and a pleasing and thriving church of God.

You could have 3000 members, but if they are not spreading the gospel of Christ, what are they really accomplishing?

Or you could have 12 apostles, and change the world by spreading the good news of Jesus Christ!

Which church do we want to be?

This is a very real and important question.

Look around you and ask, “Is this the beginning of God’s will for the House of Faith Ministries?

Is this just the beginning of what God has planned for us and the city of Tawas?”

If there are training classes for your gift, take them!

You may have a gift of counseling. There are Christian counseling courses that can help you be more effective.

If there are books available to help you understand your gift, read them!

Especially the Bible!

If there are conferences to help you with your gift, go to them!

Promise Keepers.

If there are schools to educate you in your gift, then by all means go to them!

God has given me the spiritual gift of pastor, preacher/teacher of God’s word.

I have had this gift for many years now, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t have to go to seminary.

Just because God gives you a gift or ability, doesn’t mean you don’t have a responsibility.

I went to Day Spring Ministries for 4 years before graduating, then taking correspondence courses to obtain a second ordination, a certificate in pastoral counseling and a church charter for the House of Faith Ministries that Terri and I started in January 2003.

In 2003 Terri and I started this ministry which mainly focused on helping missionaries, and children in third world countries.

We helped finance the building of an Abandoned Baby Center in Honduras, the building of wells in Africa, and the development of an agricultural city in Kenya, as well as the financial support to a young blind girl in Kenya and a boy in Ethiopia who still writes me letters.

Here is a letter he sent me a couple months ago.

I was DOING. In accordance to the gifts God has given me.

If we expect to experience God’s greatness in our lives, and make a difference in others lives, we must be DOERS of His word.

For the first few years I listened to Christian seminars on audio tapes in my car everywhere I went.

I was constantly and consistently filling myself with God’s word and education of God’s word.

  1. Exercise your Gift

Your spiritual gift is like a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it becomes.

If you have the spiritual gift of hospitality, and you decide to use it, the first time you have people over you may have made coffee for them.

But you keep using your gift and you keep exercising it, and the next thing you know when people come over you have the table set, with their choice of coffee, hot tea, cold tea, flavored creamers, cookies, snacks, mood music, etc..

You became more efficient at using your gift.

Perhaps you really didn’t know what to talk about when you first invited people over, but after a while, they don’t want to leave because there is always wonderful conversation.

Exercise your gift!

  1. recognize value

“Spiritual gifts are only for the super-spiritual”


Too many people believe this, and when they take this attitude they resign themselves to being a second-rate Christian, unaware that God gives every believer gifts capable for maximum service!

Recognizing your value is especially helpful when your motivation is low.

If you feel depressed or discouraged, you’ll have little desire to develop your gifts.

But if you realize the advantages of developed gifts, your motivation may increase.

You are serving God when you use your gift!

You are fulfilling God’s will for your life and calling when you use your gift.

You are building up the body of believers, the body of Christ, when you use your gift!

Develop and use your gift and you will discover the answers to some of life’s hardest questions.

Who am I?

Why am I here?

Where am I going?

Proverbs 18:16 - Amplified

“A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before great men.”

David’s gift of music opened the door to Saul’s palace.

Philip’s gift of evangelism and miracles opened the door to Samaria.

Paul’s gift of Apostleship and teaching brought him to the western world with the gospel.

Elijah’s gift of faith closed the heavens for 3 years, and brought him before King Ahab and the people of Israel.

Bezalel’s gift of craftsmanship built the tabernacle of God in the wilderness.

Nathan’s gift of prophecy brought him before David the King.

Solomon’s gift of wisdom brought great men and women of the world to his court.

Peter’s gift of exhortation caused 3,000 Jews to repent in a single day.

My gift God has given me caused me to write a sermon, and that sermon was found by a minister in India who preached it to 5,000 people, and nearly 2,000 accepted the Lord!

A man’s gift makes room for him.


Pray and God will guide you.

Use your gift and God will work through you.

Live the Word, and change peoples lives, including your own.

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