Not Every one Can DO That

Not Every one Can DO That

Pastor Don Carpenter

Connected! / 1 Corinthians 12:4–11

Does anyone here remember taking music class in grade school? When you first join a music class you are given an instrument to play. You really don’t have much of a choice in what you play. The instructor simply assigns you the instruments based on what the school has available and what he/she thinks each kid is most suited for. You take your new instrument home and start learning how to turn squeaks into notes. Then the time comes when you first come together as a band to play. The teacher raises the baton and motions for you to begin and it sounds like a train wreck. You play at different tempos. You play at different volumes. You didn’t watch the conductor and you didn’t listen to each other. You love to hear yourself play so the room is filled with soloists and the result is terrible.

However, over time you learn more and grow in experience. Eventually by the end of high school the band has come together. The instruments begin working together and building on one another and the result is beautiful music for everyone to enjoy.

God has given each person here today an instrument and He has given us as a church a song to play. Maybe you are still trying to figure out what that instrument is. Maybe you are learning how to play it. My prayer is that as each one of us learns that we would become an orchestra making beautiful music to be enjoyed by the community that God has placed us in and the world.

From a sermon by Stephen Sheane, Feeding 5000, 4/30/2010

What are you doing here? You may say that you came to sing some songs, hear testimonies, and hear a sermon. What are you DOING in this church? You see, if you are a born again believer, you belong in a local church. If you have joined this church, then you are to be doing something in this church. God has placed you in THIS church because He has designed you for this church and this church for you. You are here because God intended for you to plug into this body as a perfect fit.

As we continue our series, CONNECTED, we find Paul once again addressing the call for unity along with warning about self righteousness. One of the greatest blessing and challenge within a local church is the fact that every believer has been given unique gifts in order to best fit into that particular local church. The believers at Corinth were bragging about the gifts that they had and becoming jealous over gifts that they did not have. In Chapter 11, we looked at how we are supposed to demonstrate our submission within the local church. We also say that communion was not the same as a church supper. In Chapters 12-14, Paul begins to expose the misuse and explain the proper use and function of Spiritual Gifts. These gifts are not given in order for us to compare ourselves with others. They are not given so that we become jealous over the gifts that we do not possess. These gifts are given to specific people at a specific time, for a specific purpose, enabling the believer to do specific ministries among the people within his church. These gifts are so that when we become a living part within the local Body of Christ, we are a perfect fit.

Not Everyone Has Spiritual Gifts – Just Believers

1 Corinthians 12:1–3 KJV

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. 

Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. 

Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

Not Everyone Has The Same Spiritual Gift

1 Corinthians 12:4–6 KJV

Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 

And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 

And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

 Different gifts = endowments, abilities, talents given to Christians

  1. Singing

  2. Acting

  3. Speaking

  4. Building things

  5. Fixing things

  6. Skill with numbers

 Administrations = ministries

  1. Pastors

  2. Teachers

  3. Deacons

  4. Christian Leaders

 Operations = works

  1. Soul winning

  2. Counseling

  3. Discipleship

  4. Service – building, maintenance

  5. Music

 All are distributed by the same Spirit according to God’s perfect will

  1. No Christian should become proud because of his God-given gift or assignment

  2. No Christian should become disheartened because of God’s choices, either

  3. Everyone should use his or her God-given abilities to further the cause of Christ

The church is filled with willing people, some willing to work, and others willing to let them.

Not Everyone Had The Same Kind of Gifts – Spiritual gifts differ in purpose and use within church history.

– There is an important play on words in the Greek. It has to do with two different words both translated as “another”:

o allos = another of the same kind

o heteros = another of a different kind

 Gifts of helps – to interpret and understand Scriptures

1 Corinthians 12:8 KJV

For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

  1. Wisdom = prudent counsel, instruction, advice

  2. A word of knowledge = intelligence resulting in a clear view of Bible truth and doctrine

  3. These gifts still exist today as related to Scriptures

 Sign gifts

1 Corinthians 12:9–10 KJV

To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 

To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

 1. The first “another” in verse 9 is heteros

 2. Faith = powerful confidence in God resulting in supernatural demonstration

 3. Healing = supernatural intervention in one’s physical condition

 4. Working of miracles = highly unusual events

 5. Prophecy = direct revelation

 6. Discerning of spirits = supernatural insight into the mindset of others – see Acts 5:1-10

The need for these sign gifts has passed

1 Corinthians 13:8–10 KJV

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 

But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

 The gift of tongues

  1. “…to another divers kinds of tongues…”  – this is heteros (another of a different kind)

  2. There was a gift of languages and interpretation of the same given to cross language barriers in order to reach the lost with the Gospel

  3. These tongues have ceased – “ceased” = stopped on their own due to lack of need.

  1 Corinthians 13:8-10

 All these gifts are dealt by God’s perfect sovereignty

1 Corinthians 12:11 KJV

But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.


In 1765 John Fawsett was called to pastor a very small congregation at Wainsgate, England. He labored there diligently for 7 years, but his salary was so meager that he and his wife could scarcely obtain the necessities of life. Though the people were poor, they compensated for this lack by their faithfulness and warm fellowship.

Then Dr. Fawcett received a call from a much larger church in London, and after lengthy consideration decided to accept the invitation. As his few possessions were being placed in a wagon for moving, many of his parishioners came to say good-bye. Once again they pleaded with him to reconsider.

Touched by this great outpouring of love, he and his wife began to weep. Finally Mrs. Fawcett exclaimed, “O John, I just can’t bear this. They need us so badly here.” “God has spoken to my heart, too!” he said. “Tell them to unload the wagon! We cannot break these wonderful ties of fellowship.”

This experience inspired Fawsett to write a hymn. “Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love! The fellowship of kindred mind is like to that above.”

—H.G. Bosch

Every born again Christian is placed by God into the church that is perfect for them. God gives every believer a set of gifts especially for those churches God knows they will join. It is therefore unwise and unproductive for believers to hop churches. It is not God’s design or intent for any believer to simply attend services. God has given you tailor made abilities to plug into your home church. God has designed you to be a perfect fit.

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