1 Corinthians 12:4-7 (NIV)
4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
Q: What parallels can be drawn between the distribution of gifts by the Spirit and the dignity of creation in the image of God?
Romans 12:6a (NIV)
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.
Q: How does the Spirit animate the potential of the individual?
Q: What are the implications of personal testimony? Compare Romans 12:6a, 1 Corinthians 14:26b (see below).
1 Corinthians 12:14, 19 (NIV)
14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. … 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be?
Q: How is diversity manifested in our community?
1 Corinthians 14:26b (NIV)
...When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.
1 Corinthians 14:5 (NIV)
I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified.
Q: What is the role or application of gifts/talents outside of community?
1 Corinthians 12:28 (NIV)
And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues.
Q: How can we interpret v.28 in the context of a growing community or expanding ministry?
Q: Are some gifts better than others? More useful?
Q: How does God operate in life to contradict this initial impression?
Q: How does/can the church behave/organize to mirror the serendipity of life?