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On The Holy Spirit: The Signs Gifts

Connecting the Dots: Making Sense of the Whole Bible  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  58:53
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Pastor Jon connects the dots on the spiritual gifts received through the Holy Spirit. In this message he addresses the issue of the signs gifts (tongues, healing, etc.) and whether they are still active or not. Handout included as a pdf.

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The Sign Gifts I. The sign gifts: Speaking in tongues, healing, miracle, word of knowledge, word of wisdom, and discerning of spirits II. A. These gifts are being distributed by the Spirit today ______________________________ B. Claims of experience must be biblically _____________________ The gifts of speaking in tongues and interpretation A. Defined 1. Speaking in tongues is the supernatural ability to speak in a language that has _______________________________. Interpretation is the supernatural ability to understand a language that has not been learned. 2. Tongues are mentioned in ______________ of the Bible (Mark 16:17; Acts 2:14; 10:44-47; 19:1-7; 1 Corinthians 12-14) 3. In none of those passages is tongues anything other than __________________ languages B. Indications that it has ceased 1. The testimony of _________________________________ 2. The testimony of ___________________ 3. Modern claims lack ____________________ with NT tongues 4. Modern claims also occur among ____________________________ Speaking in Tongues in the Book of Acts1 III. PASSAGE TONGUESSPEAKERS AUDIENCE RELATION TO SALVATION PURPOSE 2:1-4 The 12 Apostles and others Unsaved Jews After salvation To validate (for Jews) the fulfillment of Joel 2 10:44-47 Gentiles (Cornelius and his household) Saved Jews (Peter and others) who doubted God’s plan The same time as salvation To validate (for Jews) God’s acceptance of the Gentiles 19:1-7 About 12 Old Testament believers Jews who needed confirmation of the message The same time as salvation To validate (for Jews) Paul’s message The gift of healing A. Defined: To completely and instantaneously __________ from illness or injury 1. The best understanding of the gift of healing is gained by examining the ___________________examples of those who manifested the gift in the NT. a) _______________ healed (1) With a word or touch (Mt 8:1-3, 5-15; Mk 5:25-34) (2) Instantly (Mt 8:13; Mk 5:29; Lk 5:13; Jn 5:9) (3) Totally (Lk 4:38-39) (4) All who came to Him (Lk 4:40; 9:11) (5) Obvious defects and disease (a) Palsy (paralysis) (Mt 4:24 8:5-13 9:2-7 Mk 2:3-11 Lk 7:210 Jn 5:5-7) (b) 1 Lunatick (epilepsy) (Mt 4:24) Walvoord and Zuck, eds., The Bible Knowledge Commentary, NT, Victor Books, p.408 (6) b) (c) Leprosy (Mt 8:3) (d) Deafness (Mk 7:32-35) (e) Speech impediments (Mk 7:32-35) (f) Lame (missing a foot) (Mt 15:30) (g) Blindness (Mt 15:30) (h) Maimed (injured or disabled extremities) (Mt 15:30) Raised the dead (Lk 7:11-16; Mk 5:22-24, 35-43) ________________________ healed (Lk 9:1-2) (1) the Apostles demonstrated the same six examples of healing mentioned above concerning Jesus c) The ____________________ who were sent out two-by-two healed (Lk 10:1-9) d) ________________ who were not of the 12 and ___________________ with the Apostles healed B. (1) Barnabas (Acts 15:12) (2) Philip (Acts 8:7) (3) Stephen (Acts 6:8) The ___________________ of the gift of healing 1. In Jesus’ ministry it was to authenticate Him as ________________________ (Mt 11:1-6; Is 35:4-5) 2. In the Apostle’s ministry it was authenticate their _________________ and apostleship (2Co 12:11-13; Heb 2:3-4) C. Indications that the gift of healing has _______________ 1. The testimony of the NT IV. 2. The testimony of history 3. Modern claims lack similarity with NT healing 4. Modern claims also occur among unbelievers The gift of miracles A. Defined: A miracle is divine intervention into, or interruption of, the ________________ course of the world that produces a purposeful but unusual event that would not have occurred otherwise.2 1. By this definition, speaking in tongues, healing and all sign gifts qualify as miracles. 2. However, since “miracles” is mentioned separately among the gifts, it seems to indicate that there were miracles other than those listed among the gifts V. a) Exorcising demons (Acts 19:12) b) Inducing physical disability (Acts 13:11) c) Pronounce judgment and consequences (Acts 5:5,9; 1Co 5:5) The gift of ______________________ A. This is a revelatory gift, meaning that it involves receiving messages ________________ from God without the normal process of learning. B. Prophetic messages __________ involve forthtelling and/or foretelling. (forthtelling: 1Co 14:3; foretelling: Ac 11:27-28; 21:10-11) VI. The gift of _______________________________ A. This gift is mentioned only in I Corinthians 12:8, 13:2(?), 8-10, and 14:6. B. To "know" something, means to possess _______________________. The fact that there is a special designation for this gift ("word of knowledge") shows that it is 2 Geisler and Brooks, When Skeptics Ask, Victor Books, p.76 knowledge which is not obtained through learning. Instead, this is a revelatory gift; it is knowledge received directly from God, not by normal methods of learning. VII. The gift of the _______________________________ A. The difference between the gifts of knowledge and wisdom is slight, with much overlap. B. "Knowledge" is understanding of information; "wisdom" is that plus a little more -- the use or applying of that information to achieve certain ends. It is not only knowledge, but how to put knowledge to practical use. VIII. The gift of __________________________________ A. Discernment is the ability to rightly ______________________ the truth or validity of something. The gift of discernment of spirits was the ability to rightly evaluate prophecies, teachings, and/or people, and rightly distinguish the false from the true.
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