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1 Corinthians Chapter 12:11-12

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1 Corinthians Chapter 12:11-12

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If you read the end of this chapter, Paul asks some what we would call rhetorical questions. I mean, there's kind of an implied answer in a sense. And he's saying, does everybody do this?

No. Not everybody has all the gifts. Not any one person has all the gifts. But when we come together, all the gifts are represented. That's what's cool about the body of Christ.

Welcome to Cross the Bridge with David McGee. David is the senior pastor of the bridge in Kernersville, North Carolina. The spiritual gifts are just that, they're gifts.

We shouldn't complain about them or brag about them. Find out how we deal with the gifts we are given today as Pastor David continues in 1 Corinthians chapter 12. But before we join David, have you ever considered the Bible as a whole? It's more than just a history book, a book of poetry, or a series of stories to share in Sunday school class. The Bible is one book with one central message.

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You can call 877-458-5508 or go online to Now here's David McGee with his teaching, All Become One. We find ourselves in 1 Corinthians 12. We'll start out in verse 11 and before this, Paul's been speaking to the church about the gifts. The Corinthian church, there was a lot of chaos in the service. There was a lot of selfishness in the actions of the people and of course none of that's going on today so this was really written for a long time ago so there's no relevance.

I don't know how I'm going to make this relevant but I'll try. And then it goes on to speak about this concept of being together which of course is so needed and so necessary. So we'll pick it up verse 11. It says, but one in the same spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as he wills.

So let's understand. We just came out of this spiritual gifts and whether you're talking about supernatural gifts or you're talking about those more practical gifts that the Bible also mentions, these gifts are given to us by God. You have certain gifts. Your gifts are unique to you. The combination of your giftings are unique.

The expression of those giftings, the experience of those giftings, again, it's very unique. So when we come together with this expression of all these unique giftings and all these unique experiences that make up the body of Christ and it's a beautiful thing unless we begin to look around and think somebody else is supposed to be just like we are. They're supposed to dress like we do. They're supposed to act like we do. They're supposed to wear their hair like we do. If we have tats, they should have tattoos. If we don't have tat, they should not have tattoos. If we got earrings, they should have earrings.

If we don't have earrings, they shouldn't have earrings. Now that's what we think we want, but ladies, what do you feel like when another lady shows up in the same shirt you got on? She cut my shirt on. I got to go home and change. Let's go home right now. I got to change. See, that's what we think we want, but it's not really what we want.

It's definitely not what we need. We don't need everybody else to be exactly like we are. And the Spirit, and notice it's capital S, what does that mean? It's talking about God, the Holy Spirit, works all these things and distributes to each one of us gifts. Now that leaves us in an interesting place because it leaves us in a place that we can't really brag about the gifts we have. They're gifts. They've been given to you. Neither can you complain about the gifts that you don't have. Why?

Well, because it's not up to you. God distributes the gifts. The Holy Spirit distributes the gifts. And so of course a lot of times we look around and go, I don't have that gift. I want that gift.

And we end up wasting the gifts we've been given. There's certain things that I do well. There's certain things that I don't do well. I can't draw very well.

I'll be honest with you. I think of myself as an artistic creative person. I cannot draw.

I mean, you think I'm exaggerating. I mean, if I drew a stick, man, you might recognize it. But my daughter, man, my draw, she can draw like you just would not believe. Every time she would show me a drawing. See, I was at a crossroads because I could go, man, that is such an awesome drawing.

I am so blessed that you draw like that. Or I could go, well, that's not so hot. Your little horsey has his hoof all wrong. And I would do that out of what? Out of jealousy, out of insecurity. And if you walk around like that, there's so many things in life that you can't appreciate. So many gifts that you can't appreciate. Why?

Because you're so busy being jealous of what you don't have. That's no way to live. And it's interesting because chapter 12 talks about the supernatural spiritual gifts. Chapter 14 talks about how they should be used in the church and how they should not be used in the church. And right in the middle, chapter 13, which talks about love. And when we talk about gifts, let's remember 1 Corinthians chapter 13 verse 1 says, though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I've become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.

We need to remember that. In the body of Christ, love is so, so important. As a matter of fact, when I was a young Christian, I weighed Christians too much by their gifts, to be honest.

Those things that I could watch and see what they did, how they did it. And sometimes I'd be impressed at those gifts. As I've grown in the Lord, you know what? I'm not as impressed by gifts. I'm more impressed by love when somebody loves somebody. And especially when they get to the point where they love somebody that's being ugly to them or speaking ill of them. And still they love them. And I tell you what, as a Christian, especially as Christians understand that we are called to ministry that is so needed in ministry to be able to have somebody say the ugliest thing about you and just not say anything bad.

Why? Because gang, if you start down that trail of saying something ugly back or defending yourself or all that, you know what you're going to spend all your energy and time doing focusing on that. So the spirit gives these gifts and he distributes to all of us. And in the midst of these gifts, it brings these fruits too. It says that we're supposed to have fruit as Christians doesn't say we're supposed to be fruits as Christians.

Okay. And some circles it's like the weirder you are, the more spiritual you, they think you are, you know, and granted now there is some weird stuff in the Bible. Let's agree that, you know, get naked and laying on your side for however long and prophesying.

That's a little weird. That's a little weird, but the fruit of the spirit, that's what you look for in somebody's life. That's what I want. That's what you want. Now, the awesome thing is God is willing to give it to us. Galatians chapter five, verse 22 says, but the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

Against such there is no law. Leave that up for just a second. Look, look at that list. Isn't that an awesome list? Love, joy, peace, and long suffering. Kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

That's a great list, isn't it? I mean, imagine if you walked in that or your spouse walked in it or your kids walked in it or your parents. Imagine what your home would look like. Imagine what this church would look like if we all walked in that. Now, I want to show you something that's kind of interesting and I won't bore you with the Greek details, but in this verse, I want you to notice in the English, it says, but the fruit of the spirit, and then it gives a list, but it doesn't say the fruits plural of the spirit. It says the fruit, and that English rendering is consistent with the Greek, so the real statement here is the fruit of the spirit is love. And then here's what love looks like. The fruit of the spirit is love, and love looks like what? Looks like joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, gentleness, self-control. So we talk about the gifts of the Holy Spirit, talk about the fruit of the Holy Spirit, talk about being filled with the Holy Spirit, it comes down to this, being filled with love. If I meet somebody and they say, well, I'm baptized in the Holy Spirit, I feel the Holy Spirit, and they walk around very cynical, very hateful, very bitter, very unforgiving, I wonder how filled they are. When somebody walks around in love, man, I know they've spent time with God.

Why? Because this world is not naturally like that. Sometimes a simple fact, and one of the most supernatural things that we can experience is not the power of God, not the miracles of God, but the love of God. I want you to notice there's important words in here.

It says, as He will, as He will. See, God distributes His gifts the way that He wants to, not the way that you think He should, or the way that I think He should. Sometimes we look at other people and go, well, God, why'd you give Him that gift? Why'd you give her that gift? I wanted that gift. You know, it wasn't that, you know, we lined up in lines for gifts before we were born or something, you know. It was a bunch of signs, I'm gonna line up, I'm gonna get this gift. God gives as He will.

Why is that so important? Because people sometimes spend their whole life scrambling for gifts they don't have instead of enjoying the gifts they've been given. You want to live a frustrating Christian life? Just be envious and jealous of gifts you don't have.

You can spend your life like that. Or maybe back up and say, God, I'm so appreciative that you've given me any gifts at all because I really don't deserve any gifts. And yet He lavishes, pours out these gifts upon us as He will.

Or in the New Living Translation, it says, it is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have. God decides. God decides. Sometimes people ask me, should I be a senior pastor?

Not if you can help it. I mean, seriously, if you can do anything else, go do it. Because the man that's really called to that type of ministry, he can't do anything else. I tried. I did the Jonah thing.

I ran from God. God, I'm not the guy. I'm not the guy.

Seriously, I'm not the guy. Jonah did that. Swallowed by a whale.

Lived in there three days. Whale puked him up on the beach. That's the Hebrew.

But seriously, can you imagine this guy coming up on the beach all covered in whale vomit and bile? Repent! Repent!

That'd be one way to get people's attention. Some people think, well, being a senior pastor, that's okay. You know, you're on this track, deacon, elder, pastor, senior pastor.

No. We're each called to different things. And I've seen some very gifted assisting pastors try to be senior pastors that were really not, didn't go well. Now, once he gives these gifts, how do you know? How do you know what gifts you have? Well, Hebrews tells us chapter 2 verse 4 says, and God confirmed the message by giving signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts to the Holy Spirit whenever he chose. So God will manifest these gifts through you.

You'll see them in action. But it's, gang, a lot of times, it's, we look for something really, you know, well, we fall down and the clouds part and all this, you know. You know, in my life, my experience has been just in the daily walk with God. All of a sudden, I'm quoting a verse that I'd never memorized. Or I'm sharing an insight with somebody and they're actually right in the midst of going through that. God will do that.

He does that. But again, it's so important for us believers to kind of sort through what gifts God has given us and not to be envious or jealous of the gifts that he has not given us. Next life lesson here is the spiritual gifts are that gifts. We should not complain about the gifts we don't have or brag about the ones we do.

So, you know, be thankful. Be thankful that you have gifts. Be appreciative that you have gifts. Don't be envious or jealous of the gifts that you don't have. We talk about gifts again. We're talking about somewhat of the supernatural gifts. We're also talking about the practical gifts. And let's understand, nobody has all the gifts. If you read the end of this chapter, Paul asks them what we would call rhetorical questions.

I mean, there's kind of an implied answer and in a sense, and he's saying, does everybody do this? No, no, not everybody has all the gifts. Not any one person has all the gifts, but when we come together, all the gifts are represented. That's what's cool about the body of Christ. When we get together, every gift God has is represented.

You're listening to Cross the Bridge with David McGee. We'll return to the teaching in just a moment. But first we have a brand new DVD that we would love to send to you. It's called One Book, One Message. In this powerful DVD, David sweeps through the entire Bible to help you understand the main message of all of scripture.

Once you grasp this amazing truth, you will never look at the Bible the same way again. One Book, One Message is our gift to you today when you call with a gift of any amount to Cross the Bridge. Your gift helps keep us on the air, encouraging you and others, so call today. The number is 877-458-5508. That's 877-458-5508.

Or go online to Now let's return to David McGee. Verse 12 says, For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body being many are one body, so also is Christ. When we talk about the body, we're really talking about two things. There is the body, the church, big C, if you will, the universal church. That means everybody everywhere who believes that Jesus is their savior is part of the church.

But we don't all go to the same place on Sunday morning. So that's one view of the body. Another view of the body, both of these are supported by scripture. Another view of the body is that local community or fellowship that we choose or called or led to attend. So we've got the universal church and then we've got the local body community.

Now those things are measured by two very different things. The universal church, we had a thing a few weeks ago and we had all sorts of pastors from all over the place. We had them in here, we ate together, we prayed together, and some of these people that came together believed very different things about the Bible, about worship, about ministry, about from whether a pastor should wear a robe to, I mean just all sorts of stuff.

But when we got together, what did we do? We got together, we ate, we prayed, I walked them around, showed them all the stuff, told them how God had blessed us. I didn't point out all the differences. I didn't walk up to anybody and go, you know, you're really wrong about that one thing.

No, we hosted all these pastors and it was really beautiful. Now in the community of faith, the bridge, this body, we should believe a lot of the same things, much more so than that group of pastors. Now I'm not saying we need to agree on everything because we won't. We won't. And if you're spending your time and your wheels right now trying to find a church where you agree on everything they do, you will never find it.

You'll never find it. And in the meanwhile, you'll miss some really good churches. See, because if you agreed on everything that a church did, you miss an opportunity to walk in grace and love, don't you? If you're married, what if your spouse was just like you and y'all agreed on everything? Don't tell me you do.

Don't even. Somebody, yeah, yeah, we do, don't we, honey? Yeah, we agree on everything. When two people agree on everything, one of them's a liar. So then we walk in grace towards that that we don't agree. But in the local community of faith, you want to agree on the big ones, I believe, that this Bible is the word of God, that Jesus is who he said he is, that he does offer the way to heaven, the way to heaven. You know, and a lot of the other stuff, man, we can just agree to disagree. But we love to argue.

I mean to an unhealthy level. Be careful of that. Jesus, we talk about the Lord's Prayer. Most of us grow up thinking the Lord's Prayer is that that's given in Matthew. But if you really want to see the Lord's Prayer, you go to John 17, because that's when Jesus pulled the disciples to the side, and in the last few hours of his life, prays. And that prayer is extremely interesting. What does he pray for the most?

I'd encourage you to read that whole chapter, but let me give you a few verses. John 17, verse 20 says, I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in me through their word. That's us. That they all may be one. As you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be one in us.

That may be one. There's that phrase again. That the world may believe that you sent me, and the glory which you gave me, I have given them that they may be one. Just as we are one. I in them, and you in me, that they may be made perfect in one.

And that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them as you have loved me. Jesus, over and over in this prayer says that they might be one. Not that we might be all the same, but that in our uniqueness and our differences that we might be one. And this is part of maturing and growing as a Christian is becoming one. When you first come to Jesus and you ask him to forgive you of your sins, this concept's not there yet. Your sins are forgiven. You're like, oh, praise God. And then almost everybody's ministry right after they get saved is to tell everybody else how messed up they are.

Very zealous, not so much wisdom. And then over time, God says, okay, maturing now is walking the road for a long time with the same people and being one. What I've seen beautifully demonstrated in this place, and I'm not talking about through me, I'm talking about through our elders, through our deacons, through the leaders, and through the people of this church, I've seen people mess up and I've seen people in this body love them. Get up. Come on, man. Let's get back in the race.

Dust your knees off. Exhibiting mercy and exhibiting grace. That's a powerful statement of unity. And why is that so important? Jesus told us. They, the world, is watching to see how we treat one another. Jesus said the way we love one another, the way that we walk in unity, the way that we're one, that should be contagious to people who don't know Jesus who aren't in the church. Friend, do you know for sure that your sins have been forgiven?

You can know right now. I want to lead you in a short, simple prayer, simply telling God you're sorry and asking Him to help you to live for Him. Please pray this prayer with me out loud right now. Dear Jesus, I believe you died for me, that I could be forgiven. And I believe you were raised from the dead, that I could have a new life. And I've done wrong things. I have sinned.

And I'm sorry. Please forgive me of all those things. Please give me the power to live for you all of my days. In Jesus' name.

Amen. Friend, if you prayed that prayer according to the Bible, you've been forgiven. You've been born again. So congratulations, friend.

You just made the greatest decision that you will ever make. God bless you. If you prayed that prayer with David for the first time, we would love to hear from you. You can call us toll free at 877-458-5508 to receive our First Steps package with helpful resources to help you begin your walk with Christ. If you've been encouraged by this ministry, contact us today. Your prayers and financial support help keep us on the air encouraging you and others. Call today and we'll send you a copy of Pastor David's brand new DVD entitled One Book, One Message.

You'll be blessed by this overview of the Bible and it will forever change how you read the Scriptures. To get your copy, call 877-458-5508. That's 877-458-5508. Or visit us online at While there, make sure to sign up for the free email devotionally. Also, if you're not able to make it to your home church this Sunday, why not join us for our live stream at 9 and 1130 Eastern. Just visit and click on our live stream link. There you can watch Pastor David teach from his home church, The Bridge, in Kernersville, North Carolina. Again, that website is Thanks again for listening. We hope you'll join us next time as we continue to cross the bridge.
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