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Lesson #43

The Church

Serving God with what you have: in and through the Church.
The Christian's Talents

    The talents and abilities that you possess and that are being developed are not ones that you originated. You are not the creator of them. God has given them to you. He should receive the credit. He expects you to develop and refine them, not in fleshly power, but in His Spiritual power. That is part of your stewardship. That is what you do with what God has given you... whether it be little or great.
    Talents and abilities are not for selfish purposes, but for Godly, unselfish purposes and service. Service to God, family, church, the brethren, and man. To neglect, misuse or prostitute those talents and abilities can bring God?s judgment. To use those talents and abilities properly in the service of the Lord can bring God?s blessings. The choice is yours!



    Matthew 25:14-30 The parable of the talents.
    John 3:27 John the Baptist declares his dependency upon God.
    James 1:17 God is the giver of gifts and grants gifts to men.
    Ephesians 4:7-8
    Romans 12:1-2 Submitting to God is our reasonable service.
    I Corinthians 12:1,4-7 God has given to every man at least one gift through the manifestation of the Spirit.
    Romans 12:4-8 Not all gifts are the same, but all God's children are members of God's body and all have gifts for service.
    I Corinthians 12:8-11 These gifts of service are listed, in part, for the believer as the Spirit of God bestows them upon men.
    I Peter 4:10-11 The gifts of God are to be used to the glory of God through Jesus Christ the Lord.

    Scripture Assurance: I Corinthians 4:7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? And what hast thou that thou didst not receive? Now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou, glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

    Scripture Memory: Romans 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

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