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Black Friday – *FREE GIFT*

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If you died tonight, where would you go? Heaven or Hell?  If you confess your mouth, JESUS IS LORD & believe in your heart that Jesus died on the cross for our sin & rose from the grave, you will be saved! -Romans 10:9. For all have sinned & fall short of the Glory of God! -Romans 3:23. For the wages of sin is death, but the Gift of God has everlasting life in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 6:23.

What is truth? Who has it? Let’s face it: In today’s world, it’s hard to know what’s true anymore. How’s your journey going? Has your search for real answers only led you down a dead end? Truth is more than just talk. Real truth is soul bending. It’s deep, profound and life changing.  We invite you to find this truth and enter The Passage.

God created you in His image. He wants you to know Him personally, so you may experience the love, peace and destiny He offers.

GOD’S DESIGN “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27)
GOD’S LOVE “For God so loved the world, that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
GOD’S PLAN “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (John 17:3)

What prevents us from experiencing the life of love and destiny God desires for us?

Our Refusal

PEOPLE ARE SINFUL. Sin keeps us from knowing God personally and from experiencing His love, peace and destiny. Sin enslaves, blocks and separates us from God.

PEOPLE ARE SINFUL “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
Sin is our innate refusal to go God’s way and instead, to go our own way and do our own thing. God is holy, that is, perfect in who He is and all He does. Our sinful nature and actions offend God’s holy nature and result in a broken relationship and separated from Him.
PEOPLE ARE ENSLAVED “Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin’” (John 8:34).

PEOPLE ARE SEPARATED “For the wages of sin is death…” (spiritual separation) (Romans 6:23)
WAGES = PENALTY
People are sinful and separated from a holy God by a great gap. We may try to cross that gap by living a good life, not harming anyone, attending church or other religious meetings, or by giving money to our favorite charities. All of these efforts fail because the sinful condition of the heart remains unchanged, enslaved to sin.

The third principle (Below) explains the only way to cross the gap…

The Message

Jesus Christ came to provide the bridge back to a destiny with God. Jesus Christ alone forgives and removes our sins so we can know God personally, and experience His love, peace and freedom forever.

HE DIED ON THE CROSS IN OUR PLACE “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God…” (1 Peter 3:18). Jesus Christ was able to pay the penalty for our sins not find Him guilty of any wrongdoing.

HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD “Christ died for our sins…He was buried, He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…He appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers…”  (1 Corinthians 15:3-6)
Christ’s resurrection proved that He has the power over death to enable us to live eternally with God.
HE IS THE WAY TO GOD “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’” (John 14:6).

HE SETS US FREE “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).

His Son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins, in our place. In this way He paid the death penalty that we deserve.

What would a person need to do in order to change their destiny to know God and experience the love, and freedom from sin that He offers?

Our Respect

We must individually receive Jesus Christ, because only He provides the destiny to God. Only then can we experience His love, and live in freedom for eternity.

WE MUST RECEIVE CHRIST “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).
WE RECEIVE CHRIST THROUGH FAITH “By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works that no one should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9, NASB).
Faith = trust, dependence on God
WHEN WE RECEIVE CHRIST, WE HAVE A NEW DESTINY.  WE EXPERIENCE HIS LOVE, FREEDOM, AND ETERNAL LIFE. [Jesus speaking] “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly” (John 10:10 NASB).
To receive Christ:

  1. Recognize and admit you need to be forgiven of your sins.
  2. Admit you can do nothing on your own to free yourself from your sins.
  3. Turn away from your sins (repentance) and place your trust in Jesus Christ alone.
  4. When you trust Christ, you receive His complete forgiveness and an eternal relationship with God.

Knowing intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God is not enough. Having an emotional experience will not change your destiny and allow you to experience His love, peace and freedom.

We receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of our will.

Think About It

These two circles represent two kinds of lives or paths that people choose:

SELF-DIRECTED LIFE Christ is outside the life. The different areas of life represented by the dots are self-directed and not in harmony with God’s desires. CHRIST-DIRECTED LIFE Christ is in the life. This person has received Christ and His forgive-ness for their sins. Christ directs every area of life, resulting in harmony with God’s desire and plan.

Which circle represents your life right now?
Which circle do you want to represent you life?

YOU CAN RECEIVE CHRIST RIGHT NOW BY FAITH THROUGH PRAYER. (Prayer is just talking with God)
God is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. You must mean what you pray, for God knows your heart and you cannot deceive Him.

Here is a suggested prayer: Jesus Christ, I need you. I confess that I have sinned against You and have been running my own life.  Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Please come into my life and forgive my sins and set me free. Begin directing my life. Change my destiny.  Make me into the person you created me to be. Thank you for answering my prayer by coming into my life and giving me eternal life. Amen.

Does this prayer express your heart’s desire? If it does, pray this prayer right now and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.

How to Know…

HOW TO KNOW THAT CHRIST IS IN YOUR LIFE Know He answered your prayer and came into your life? You can know that Christ is in your life because of the 1 John 4:14-15:

“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in

God and His Word are completely trustworthy.
THE BIBLE PROMISES ETERNAL LIFE TO ALL WHO RECEIVE CHRIST “And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life.(1 John 5:11–13, NASB)
Thank God daily that Christ is in your life and He will never leave you (Hebrews 13:5).  You can know on the basis of His promise that Christ lives in you and you have eternal life, from the moment you invited Him in.  He will not deceive you.)

What if you don’t feel any different?

DO NOT DEPEND ON FEELINGS This train diagram illustrates the relationship between fact (God and His Word), faith (our trust in God and His Word), and feeling (the result of our faith and obedience).  Read John 14:21.

The train will run with or without the caboose (feeling). In the same way, we as Christians do not depend on feelings or emotions. We rely on the promises of God’s Word, not our feelings. The Christian lives by faith in God and His Word.

Enjoying God
THE MOMENT YOU RECEIVED CHRIST BY FAITH, AS AN ACT OF YOUR WILL, MANY THINGS HAPPENED, INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Christ came into your life (1 Corinthians 6:17; Colossians 1:27).
  2. Christ set you free from your sins and forgave you (Romans 8:1-2; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:1; Colossians 1:14).
  3. You became a child of God (John 1:12).
  4. God lavished His love on you (Romans 8:35–39; 1 John 3:1).
  5. You received eternal life (John 5:24).
  6. You began the new and satisfying life for which God created you (John 10:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Being freed and loved by Christ is all good! He changed your destiny.  Would you like to thank God in prayer right now for what He has done for you?  By thanking God, you demonstrate your faith.

To enjoy your new relationship with God to the fullest…

SUGGESTIONS FOR CHRISTIAN GROWTH Our relationship with Christ grows as we trust God more and more with every detail of our lives. “The righteous will live by faith” (Galatians 3:11). This trust develops as we:

G Go to God in prayer daily.  (Col 4:2)
R Read God’s Word daily (Acts 17:11).  Begin with the Gospel of John
O Obey GOd moment by moment. (John 14:21)
W Witness for Christ by your life and words (Matthew 4:19; John 15:8)

GET INVOLVED IN A GOOD CHURCH (Bible-based, Christ centered) God’s Word admonishes us not to forsake “the assembling of ourselves together…” (Hebrews 10:25; Acts 2:42–47). Several logs burn brightly together; but put one aside and its fire goes out. So it is with your relationship to other Christians. If you do not belong to a church, do not wait to be invited. Take the first step; call the pastor of a nearby church where Christ is honored and His Word is preached. Start this week and make plans to attend regularly. hear from you!

If you prayed this prayer & meant it. WELCOME to God’s family! Please email us at 11sixboyz@gmail.com to share the good news & we will help you walk with the Lord and we help find a good church for you. Jesus bless you abundantly! If you want to talk with someone on the phone please call 1-888-NEED-HIM

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Spiritual Gifts Assessment

https://116boyz.com/do-you-know-jesus/spiritual-gifts-assessment/

 

You may want to print this page, to make it easier to work with.

Directions: 1. Answer the 96 questions rating each one from 0-4 on your answer sheet.

  • 0 isn’t “bad” and 4 isn’t “good.”
  • Don’t think of the rating system like school grades A-B-C-D-F
  • Think of the rating system as “symbols” that indicate how much each statement is true in your life.
  • When you find a question with two or parts, and you rate any one as not true in your life, then mark the whole question with a low number. In other words, if you think part is true, but another part is not, rate the whole question with a low number.
  • This gifts discovery is easy to “psyche out” – so don’t. Make it work for you by answering honestly.

2. Add up the 24 rows of 4 numbers and enter the totals in the “total” column.

  • Sample: 1. 3     25. 2     49. 2     73. 1     Total = 8

3. Find you 3-5 highest scores and circle the letters (A through X) by the high scores.

4. Go to the GIFTS KEY and find the 24 gifts listed from A to X

5. Mark your answer next to the question.

  • Sample: 83. People say I am gifted with my hands.  _3_

6. Contact us to let us know your gifts and we will help you so your able to use what God has blessed you with.

 

 

QUESTIONS:

1. I enjoy working behind scenes, taking care of little details. __

2. I usually step forward and assume leadership in a group where none exists. __

3. When in a group, I tend to notice and approach those who are alone to help them feel part of the group. __

4. I have the ability to recognize a need and to get the job done, no matter how small the task. __

5. I have the ability to organize ideas, people and projects to reach a specific goal. __

6. People often say I have good spiritual judgment. __

7. I am very confident of achieving great things for the glory of God. __

8. I am asked to sing or play a musical instrument at church functions. __

9. God has used me to communicate the gospel in a language unknown to me. __

10. Through my prayers God has made the impossible possible. __

11. I have an ability to use my hands in a creative way to design and build things. __

12. I have seen my prayers heal people. __

13. I enjoy giving money to those in serious financial need. __

14. I enjoy ministering to people in hospitals, prisons, or rest homes to comfort them. __

15. I often have insights that offer practical solutions to difficult problems. __

16. I have often understood issues or problems in the church and have seen answers when others don’t. __

17. I enjoy encouraging and giving counsel to those who are discouraged. __

18. I have an ability to thoroughly study a passage of scripture, and then share it with others. __

19. I presently have the responsibility for the spiritual growth of one or more young Christians. __

20. Other people respect me as an authority in spiritual matters. __

21. I have an ability to learn foreign languages. __

22. God oftens reveals to me the direction He desires the body of Christ to move. __

23. I enjoy developing relationships with non-Christians, especially with hopes of telling them about Jesus. __

24. Whenever I hear reports on the news or in conversations about needy situations, I am burdened to pray. __

25. I would like to assist pastors or other leaders so they will have more time to accomplish their essential and priority ministries. __

26. When I ask people to help me accomplish an important ministry for the church, they usually say yes. __

27. I enoy entertaining guests and making them feel “at home” when they visit. __

28. I take initiative to serve and enjoy serving others, no matter how small the task. __

29. I am a very organized person who sets goals, makes plans, and achieves the goals. __

30. I am a good judge of character and can spot a spiritual phony. __

31. I often step out and start projects that other people won’t attempt, and the projects are usually successful. __

32. I believe I could make a positive difference on the music or worship team. __

33. Praying in tongues is personally meaningful to me in my prayer life. __

34. God has used me to make things happen which were far beyond human means. __

35. I enjoy doing things like woodworking, crocheting, sewing, mental work, stained glass, etc. __

36. I often pray for God to heal those who are physically and emotionally ill. __

37. I joyfully give money to the church well above my tithe. __

38. I feel compassion for people who are hurting and lonely and like to spend considersble time with them to cheer them up. __

39. God has enabled me to choose correctly between several complex options in an important decision when no one else knew what to do. __

40. I enjoy studying difficult questions about God’s Word, and I am able to find answers more easily and more quickly than others. __

41. I’m very fulfilled when I encourage others, especially if it’s about their spiritual growth. __

42. When a question arises from a difficult Bible passage, I am motivated to research the answer. __

43. I enjoy being involved in people’s lives and helping them grow spiritually. __

44. I would be willing and excited to start a new church. __

45. I can adapt easily to cultures, languages, and lifestyles other than my own and would like to use my adaptability to minister in foreign countries. __

46. I will always speak up for Christian principles with conviction, even when what I say isn’t popular. __

47. I find it easy to invite a person to accept Jesus as their Savior. __

48.  I have a passion to pray for the significant issues of God’s kingdom and His will for Christians. __

49. I enjoy relieving others of routine tasks so they can get important projects done. __

50. I can guide and motivate a group  of people toward achieving a specific group. __

51. I enjoy meeting new people and introducing them to others in the group. __

52. I am very dependable for getting things done on time, and I don’t need much praise or thanks. __

53. I easily delegate significant responsibilities to other people. __

54. I am able to distingguish between right and wrong in complex spiritual matters that other people can’t seem to figure out. __

55. I trust in God’s faithfulness for a bright future, even when facing significant problems. __

56. I enjoy singing, and people say I have a good voice. __

57. I have been led by the Holy Spirit during a prayer or worship, and began to speak in tongues, and/or interpret tongues. __

58. God has blessed my prayers so that supernatural results have come from otherwise impossible situations. __

59. I find satisfaction in meetings the needs of people by making something for them. __

60. God regularly speaks to me concerning people’s illnesses so that I can pray for them. __

61. I wouldn’t mind lowering my standard of living to give more to the church and others in need. __

62. I want to do whatever I can for the needy people around me, even if I have to give up something. __

63. People often seek my advice when they don’t know what to do in a situation. __

64. I have an ability to gather information from several sources to discover the answer to a question or learning about a subject. __

65. I feel a need to challenge others to better themselves, especially in their spiritual growth, in an uplifting, rather that condemning way. __

66. Others listen and enjoy my teaching of scriptures. __

67. I care about the spiritual welfare of people and do my best to guidge them toward a Godly lifestyle. __

68. I am accepted as a spiritual authority in other parts of the country or world. __

69. I would like to present the gospel in a foreign language in a country whose culture and lifestyle is different than my own. __

70. I feel the need to speak God’s message from the Bible so people will know what God expects of them. __

71. I would like to tell others how to become a Christian, and give them an invitation to receive Jesus into their life. __

72. Many of my prayers for others have been answered by the Lord. __

73. I enjoy helping others get their work done and don’t need a lot of public recogniton. __

74. People respect my opinion and follow my direction. __

75. I would like to use my home to get acquainted with newcomers and visitors to the church. __

76. I enjoy helping people in any type of need and feel a sense of satisfaction in meeting that need. __

77. I am comfortable making important decisions, even under pressure. __

78. People come to me for help in distinguishing between spiritual truth and error. __

79. I often exercise my faith through prayer, and God answers my prayers in powerful ways. __

80. I believe the Lord could use me in the choir to deliver a message through song. __

81. I have spoken in a language unknown to me that, when interpreted, brought a blessing to those who heard. __

82. God uses me to work micacles for the glory of His kingdom. __

83. People say I am gifted with my hands.  __

84. People often seek me out to pray for the physical healing. __

85. When I give money to someone, I don’t expect anything in return and often give anonymously. __

86. When I hear of people without jobs who can’t pay their bills, I do what I can to help them. __

87. God enables me to make appropriate application of biblical truth to practical situations. __

88. I can discover difficult bibical truths and principles on my own, and I enjoy this. __

89. People find it easy to talk with me and respond well to my encouragement to become all they can for God. __

90. I am organized in my thinking and systematic in my approach to presenting Bible lessons to a group of people. __

91. I help Christians who have wandered away from the Lord find their way back to a growing relationship with Him and get involved in a local church. __

92. I would be excited to share the gospel and form new groups of Christians in areas where there aren’t many churches. __

93. I have no racial prejudice, and have a sincere appreciation for people very different from myself. __

94. I find it relatively easy to appy bibical promises to present day situations, and I’m willing to confront in love if necessary. __

95. I have a strong desire to help non-Christians find salvation through Jesus Christ. __

96. Prayer is my favorite ministry in the church, and I consistently spend a great deal of time at it. __

Total

1. __    25. __   49. __   73. __  = ___ (A)

2. __   26. __   50. __   74. __  = ___ (B)

3. __   27. __   51. __   75. __  = ___ (C)

4. __   28. __  52. __   76. __  = ___ (D)

5. __   29. __  53. __   77. __  = ___ (E)

6. __   30. __  54. __   78. __  = ___ (F)

7. __   31. __   55. __   79. __  = ___ (G)

8. __  32. __   56. __   80. __  = ___ (H)

9. __  33. __   57. __   81. __  = ___ (I)

10. __  34. __  58. __  82. __  = ___ (J)

11. __   35. __  59. __  83. __  = ___ (K)

12. __  36. __  60. __  84. __  = ___ (L)

13. __  37. __  61. __   85. __  = ___ (M)

14. __  38. __  62. __  86. __  = ___ (N)

15. __  39. __  63. __  87. __  = ___ (O)

16. __  40. __  64. __  88. __  = ___ (P)

17. __   41. __  65. __  89. __  = ___ (Q)

18. __  42. __  66. __  90. __  = ___ (R)

19. __  43. __  67. __  91. __  = ___ (S)

20. __  44. __  68. __ 92. __  = ___ (T)

21. __   45. __  69. __  93. __  = ___ (U)

22. __  46. __  70. __  94. __  = ___ (V)

23. __  47.  __  71. __  95. __  = ___ (W)

24. __  48. __  72. __  96. __  = ___ (X)

 

                                                                 GIFT KEY

A. Helps                     G. Faith                                     M. Giving               S. Pastor/Shepherd

B. Leadership           H. Music                                    N. Mercy               T. Apostleship

C. Hospitality            I. Tongues/Interpretation    O. Wisdom           U. Missionary

D. Service                   J. Miracles                               P. Knowledge       V. Prophecy

E. Administration    K. Craftsmanship                   Q. Exhortation     W. Evangelist

F. Discernment        L. Healing                                R. Teaching           X. Intercession

 

A. Helps

The gift of helps is the ability to work with and support others Christian’s ministry efforts. (Mark 15:40-41, Acts 9:36, Romans 16:1-2, 1 Corinthians 12:28)

B. Leadership

The gift of leadership is the distinctive ability to influence others according to a “big picture” purpose, mission, or plan. (Romans 12:8, 1 Timothy 3:1-13, 1 Timothy 5:17, Hebrews 13:17)

C. Hospitality

The gift of hospitality is the distinctive ability to make people feel “at home,” welcome, cared for, and part of the group. (Acts 16:14-15, Romans 12:13, Romans 16:23, Hebrews 13:1-2, 1 Peter 4:9)

D. Service

The gift of service is the distinctive ability to identify and meet the practical needs of others. (Acts 6:1-7, Romans 12:7, Galatians 6:10, 2 Timothy 1:16-18, Titus 3:14)

E. Administration

The gift of administration is the distinctive ability to coordinate and organize people and projects. (Luke 14:28-30, Acts 6:1-7, 1 Corinthians 12:28)

F. Discernment

The gift of discernment is the distinctive ability to perceive whether a person’s actions originate from Godly, satanic, or merely human sources. (Matthew 16:21-23, Acts 5:1-11, Acts 16:16-18, 1 Corinthians 12:10, 1 John 4:1-6)

G. Faith

The gift of faith is the distinctive ability to believe God with confidence for things unseen, spiritual growth, and the will of God. (Acts 11:22-24, Romans 4:18-21, 1 Corinthians 12:9, Hebrews 11)

H. Music

The gift of music is the distinctive ability to make a significant contribution to a worship experience through singing or playing a musical instrument. (Deuteronomy 31:2, 1 Samuel 16:16, 1 Chronicles 16:41-43, 2 Chronicles 5:12-13, 2 Chronicles 34:12, Psalm 150)

I. Tongues/Interpretation

The gift of tongues is the distinctive ability to speak or interpret a language which you never learned and communicate a divinely anointed message from God to believers. (Acts 2:1-3, 1 Corinthians 12:10, 1 Corinthians 14:1-40)

J. Miracles

The gift of miracles is the distinctive ability to perform supernatural acts as an instrument or agent of God, which alter the expected course of nature. (Acts 9:36-42, Acts 19:11-12, Acts 20:7-12, Romans 15:1-19, 1 Corinthians 12:10)

K. Craftsmanship

The gift of craftsmanship is the distinctive ability to use your hands and mind to benefit other believers through artistic, creative or a wide variety of construction arenas. (Exodus 30:22-25, Exodus 31:3-11, 2 Chronicles 34:9-13, Acts 18:2-3)

L. Healing

The gift of healing is the distinctive ability to be used as a human intermediary through whom God’s supernatural power is applied to a person’s physical or emotional need. (Acts 3:1-10, Acts 9:32-35, Acts 28:7-10, 1 Corinthians 12:9)

M. Giving

The gift of giving is the distinctive ability to cheerfully and generously contribute personal resources of God’s work. (Mark 12:41-44, Romans 12:8, 1 Corinthians 8:1-7, 1 Corinthians 9:2-7)

N. Mercy

The gift of mercy is the distinctive ability to sincere empathy and compassion in a way that results in practical relief for people’s hurts, pain and suffering. (Matthew 9:35-36, Mark 9:41, Romans 12:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:14)

O. Wisdom

The gift of wisdom is the distinctive ability to discern the mind of Christ and apply scriptural truth to a specific situation in order to make the right choices and help move in the right direction. (Acts 6:3-10, 1 Corinthians 2:6-13, 1 Corinthians 12:8)

P. Knowledge

The gift of knowledge is the distinctive ability to seek out, gather, organize, and clarify facts and ideas on a number of diverse subjects. (Acts 5:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:8, Colossians 2:2-3)

Q. Exhortation

The gift of exhortation is the distinctive ability to appropriately communicate words of encouragement, challenge, or rebuke in the body of Christ. (Acts 14:22, Romans 12:8, 1 Timothy 4:14, Hebrews 10:24-25)

R. Teaching

The gift of teaching is the distinctive ability to employ a logical, systematic approach to biblical study in preparation for clearly communicating practical truth to the body of Christ. (Acts 18:24-28, Acts 20:20-21, 1 Corinthians 12:28, Ephesians 4:11-14)

S. Pastor/Shepherd

The gift of pastor/shepherd is the distinctive ability to assume responsibility for the spiritual growth and Christian community of a group of believers. (John 10:1-18, Ephesians 4:11-14, 1 Timothy 3:1-7, 1 Peter 5:1-3)

T. Apostleship

The gift of apostleship is the distinctive ability to provide spiritual leadership over a number of pastors and churches that results in tangible fruit in ministry. (Acts 15:22-35, 1 Corinthians 12:28, 2 Corinthians 12:12, Galatians 2:7-10)

U. Missionary

The gift of missionary is the distinctive ability to minister effectively in cultures beyond your own. (Acts 8:4, Acts 13:2-3, Acts 22:21, Romans 10:15)

V. Prophecy

The gift of prophecy is the distinctive ability to boldly declare the truth of God, regardless of the consequences, calling people to righteous living. (Acts 2:37-40, Acts 7:51-53. 1 Corinthians 14:1-4, 1 Thessalonians 1:5)

W. Evangelism

The gift of evangelism is the distinctive ability to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others in such a way that many non-Christians believe in Christ and are converted to Christianity. (Acts 8:5-6, Acts 8:26-40, Acts 14:21, Acts 21:8)

X. Intercession

The gift of intercession is the distinctive ability to pray for significant lengths of time, on a regular basis, and often observe specific answers to those prayers. (Colossians 1:9-12, Colossians 4:12-13, James 5:14-16)

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We Are to Greet One Another with Sincere Hospitality

“Have a nice day.” “Have a good time at Thrill-a-Minute Amusement Park.” “Thank you for flying Treetop Airlines.” Our world is filled with superficial pleasantries. Greetings zip past us like flies at a picnic, but we often don’t even hear them. Sometimes they don’t mean anything to us. Christians must be careful not to fall into the trap of plying each other with meaningless words and empty greetings. We are to greet one another in a way that is sincere and shows true concern. Certainly we can wish each other a pleasant day as we pass in the halls on Sunday morning and mean it, but there must be times when we say to each other: “How are you…really?” — and then wait for an answer.

Because the Lord honors us with His eternal greeting, we praise Him: “They will tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds. They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness. The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made” (Psalm 145:6-9).

Pause for personal prayer and thanksgiving. Pray this confession to the Lord as you seek to keep your life free from sin and in His perfect will: “For the sake of your name, O Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great” (Psalm 25:11).

Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind. Now pray for affirmation to the Lord: “The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1).

While making your requests known to the Lord today, include:

  • Greater love for your family,
  • Deeper knowledge of God’s grace,
  • The work of missions in Central America.

Finally, offer this closing prayer to the Lord: “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Timothy 1:17).

“Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus. They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them. Greet also the church that meets at their house. Greet my dear friend Epenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia. Greet Mary, who worked very hard for you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ send greetings” (Romans 16:3-6, 16).

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