Birthday gifts have your name on them because they are meant for you. In this message, Pastor John shows that God’s new-birth gift has your name on it but is meant for others.
Principle for Bible Reading
Mine Within the Context First
Cross-referencing and making connections to other passages enriches Bible study. We need to make connections, but we also need to be careful to import other passages into the one we are studying before we have given the passage itself its proper due.
The problem with moving all over the Bible too quickly is that we can miss what the particular author wanted to communicate. In many cases the author could have brought in other passages and made connections but that wasn’t his point.
Cross-reference and conduct word searches, but let each author speak for himself without making a collage of other passages too quickly.
- When you think about spiritual gifts, what comes to mind?
- What do you think the gifts are in 1 Peter 4:10? What are they used for? Can you think of an example of this in your own life?
- According to 1 Peter 4:10, is the pastor the only one to have gifts to serve others? How might this change the church if each person used their gift to serve the others?