'Everyone gets to play' is our philosophy that seeing God's Kingdom coming will very much take all of us being led by God working together.
EVERYONE GETS TO PLAY: Each one the manifestation of the Spirit, Dave Mitchell
In the era before Christ, the Holy Spirit was certainly present, but working sovereignly in creation or in anointing those few that God raised up for the purposes of his Kingdom plan. The prophets of old looked forward to a new age when everyone would be given the Spirit in the messianic kingdom. That is what the prophet Joel wrote, quoted by Peter in Acts 2 on the day of Pentecost. The early Church was so convinced that the Spirit was for everyone that if the gift of the Spirit didn’t appear to happen they sent the apostles to pray (e.g. Acts 8, Acts 19) Download discussion notes
EVERYONE GETS TO PLAY: Each one heard them speak in their own language, Dave Roderick
When the Spirit fell on the first believers on the day of Pentecost, the most striking evidence of this new age of the Spirit was that they all spoke in other languages, reversing the curse of Babel (Genesis 11:7) and providing a vivid demonstration of God’s heart and commission for the Church to go to ‘all nations’(Matthew 28:19). Download discussion notes
EVERYONE GETS TO PLAY: Each one grace, Rob Scott Cook
In the New Testament lists of Spiritual Gifts, the language is always inclusive, they are for everyone. There is always a reference to grace, the freely given favour and mercy of the Kingdom. This is the ‘charis’ or freely given love that makes spiritual gifts ‘gracelets’ (as John Wimber called them) available to the Church.
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EVERYONE GETS TO PLAY: Each one will give an account, Dave Mitchell
The bible talks often about a ‘day of judgement’. This can be a scary idea. For Christians we believe that in some sense (now and not yet) the day of judgement happened in advance when Jesus died on the cross, and now we don’t have the fear of future judgement in terms of punishment. Yet there still is a day when we will give an account of our lives before God, and the bible implies how we live can have an effect on that day. Download discussion notes.
EVERYONE GETS TO PLAY: Each one should use whatever gift, Tim Dobson
In the New Testament lists of Spiritual Gifts the language is always inclusive, they are for everyone. There is always a reference to grace, the freely given favour and mercy of the Kingdom, the ‘charis’ or freely given love that makes spiritual gifts ‘gracelets’ as John Wimber called them. Gifts however fall into two main categories ‘Natural’ gifts that we are created with, and supernatural gifts which God bestows sovereignly and as we seek them. Download discussion notes.
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