• When the Spirit Baptizes Us Devotional

    Acts 1:8

    One problem with believing that some believers do not have the Holy Spirit is that it creates a two-class system of Christianity and divides the body. Not all of us are at the same stage of spiritual growth, but all of us who have trusted in Christ have received the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is working in us to conform us to Christ. View Resource

  • The Baptism of the Holy Spirit Devotional

    Luke 3:15–17

    If you are a Christian, you have been baptized with the Holy Spirit and have been empowered for ministry. Thus, if you know what your gifts are, you are responsible to use them for the benefit of others. If you do not know what your gifts are, you are responsible to discover them so you can put them to use. Talking with your elders and church leaders as well as mature Christian friends can help you discern and use your gifts for ministry. View Resource

  • Communion in Gifts and Graces Devotional

    1 Corinthians 12

    Today’s passage reminds us that God has given each of His children at least one spiritual gift. If we do not use the gift or gifts the Lord has given us, the body will be diseased and will not function properly. But when we serve one another through the use of our gifts, the church is healthy and is able to ward off the infections of impurity, false doctrine, and an unloving spirit. How are you using your gifts to ensure the health and welfare of Christ’s body? View Resource

  • Are Miracles for Today? Devotional

    Hebrews 2:1–4

    Dr. Sproul notes that there is no word for “miracle” in the original languages of Scripture. Our English term miracle translates Hebrew and Greek terms that are more literally rendered as “signs” or “wonders.” That shows that miracles are not merely to meet the physical needs of people but rather to point beyond themselves to authenticate a word from God. The Lord is not delivering new special revelation, so miracles are not happening. But God still intervenes supernaturally in His creation. View Resource

  • The Gifts of the Spirit Devotional

    1 Corinthians 12:12–31

    Today’s passage is an important text on the priesthood of all believers. Paul does not mean to deny the roles of elders, teachers, and other officers in the church; rather, he tells us that every Christian is to be involved in ministry and that all of us have gifts that are indispensable to the well-being of Christ’s body. If we are not using our gifts to edify the body, we are sinning against the body. Let us all look for ways to use our gifts in the service of Christ and His church. View Resource

  • Gift-giver and Protector Devotional

    Ephesians 4:7–12

    “The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still” is the cry of the believer’s confidence in the protecting work of Christ. We may suffer in this world, but in Jesus we are kept from everlasting destruction. We, therefore, will rule and reign with Him over His enemies forever. Without minimizing the tragedies we face in this world, there is a sense in which we can laugh in the face of death and suffering because we are sure to overcome it in Christ. View Resource

  • Every Member Ministry Devotional

    Ephesians 4:12-13

    Do you consider yourself a minister in the church? Although you might never be ordained to a church office, your gifts are critical to the healthy functioning of Christ’s body. Determining your specific role may not be easy, but you can often figure out where God has gifted you by considering the kinds of work you find most fulfilling. Seeking the input of those who know you best is also critical to discerning the contribution you can make to the church. View Resource

  • Sovereign Gifting Devotional

    Ephesians 4:7

    Christ bestows gifts upon His people as He sees fit, guaranteeing that all of us have an important part to play in the advance of His kingdom (1 Cor. 12:1–11). As Christians, then, we must truly appreciate the variety of talents and giftings in the church and never think that one gift is more important than another. There is no reason to be jealous of another’s gifting or to think we are more important than others due to the gifts we possess. View Resource

  • The Pastor’s Progress Devotional

    1 Timothy 4:14-15

    John Calvin writes, “To neglect a gift is carelessly to keep it unemployed through slothfulness, so that, having contracted rust, it is worn away without yielding any profit.” Some of us know what our gifts are but are not using them. This slothfulness should cease immediately. Some of us do not know our gifts. Talking to one’s pastor, mentor, or teacher can help us learn where God has equipped us for service. Exercising our gifts is non-negotiable. View Resource

  • Fulfilling the Call to Missions Devotional

    Matthew 10:40–42

    Only a small percentage of Christians are called to full-time service in the church. Yet even those who do not work in the foreign mission field or hold ecclesiastical office are vital to the extension of the Gospel. Besides working diligently in our jobs and evangelizing those in our lives, praying for the growth of the kingdom, volunteering in the church, and giving money for outreach are all ways we can fulfill Christ’s call to care for His ministers. View Resource