A human being lives, but he is given life.
Another essential ingredient for a fellowship group to be successful is the function of the gifts of the Spirit in the Group. Since
spiritual gifts are manifested through Spirit-filled believers, it is essential that the participants be baptized in the Holy Spirit.
Several Chapters in the New Testament discuss spiritual gifts. The most prominent Scriptures concerning spirit gifts are found in Paul’s letters. (Romans 12:4-8) “Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. “
(1 Cor. 12:7-12) “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the
Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines. The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.”
(Eph. 4:7-11) “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: “When he ascended on high,
he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men.” (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,”
The gift of teaching that fits in to this purpose will be a great blessing to all who attend. The lessons will be generally short
ones from Scripture rather then a long teaching session. The emphasis will be placed on the practical application of Scripture to the individual issues that arise in the group setting.
Supporting Scripture; (Gal. 6:2), (1 Cor. 12:14-22)
Personal Reflection and Discussion