By Sophia Christiaan | July 6, 2022 | Institute of Love Ministries
Contrary to popular belief, the First Church in the book of Acts did NOT spend their time doing a lot of evangelizing. What we do know is that Jesus commissioned His eleven DISCIPLES (later twelve) to go out and spread the Gospel, heal, baptize, and deliver people from demons (see Mark 16:15-20 and Matthew 28:19). These were the same men Jesus had trained for three years; equipping them with power to do the work.
Fast forward to “after the cross,” where instructions were given through Paul to the Church. In 1. Corinthians 12, the Apostle Paul outlines the different gifts in the Body of Christ. They were gifts the believers could use to SERVE “within” the church to “help” one another.
“A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.”1 Corinthians 12:7
“To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and [...]