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Worship: January 19, 2019
Nate Furness "The Common Good"
Title: The Common Good
Recently, we had meetings with fellow pastors at Leoni Meadows Camp. We were able to bring
our families and one afternoon we had access to the zip line, the ropes course, a train ride, the
giant swing, and the go-carts. All the kids (and adults) were most excited about the go-carts. It
is fun to drive, and compete, in small vehicles winding around a track. As soon as you strap in,
the competitive juices begin to flow, and there is a desire to win. I LIKE to win! We passed and
bumped, and talked a little trash. It was all in good fun. If we’re not careful, competitive
moments like this can affect our work space, our families, our schools, and even our church.
Sometimes these competitions can become destructive and hurtful. We compete over who is
right, who is best, who is smartest, who is the most spiritual, etc... Paul councils us to be
careful with creating these types of hierarchies. They often lead to destruction. As Christians,
our gifts and our goals should be to glorify Jesus as Lord and to have “the Spirit for the
common good.” May we learn to lift others up in all we do and say.
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. 3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Let Jesus be cursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.