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Friday, September 06, 2002

Edifier du jour-1 Corinthians 12:1-7(NASB)
1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware. 2 You know that when you were pagans, you were led astray to the mute idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus is accursed"; and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit. 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. 6 There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. 7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
Many things that God will want the church to do will take us out of our comfort zone, and there's an easy reaction to label the things that make us uncomfortable as ungodly. There's a good test for such ministries-is it advancing God's kingdom, proclaiming Jesus is Lord and Savior? If it is, God's working through it and we need to let it be. If it isn't, then the spirit that leads it isn't of God. Check the fruit first. If the edge, different way of doing things works to bring people to Jesus and doesn't go against scripture, then it deserves our praise. It might not be for everyone or for you, but it is effective for some. If you look at the way even the most staid church worships today, I'll guarantee you that it wouldn't perfectly mimic what the first century church did. The clothes would be different, the music would be different, the preaching would be different, yet that service works for the modern worshiper.

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