2001-01-14 - The Gift of Helps
Passages Related to Spiritual Gifts, Part 2
"Helps" is not a glamorous gift. And it's not very showy. It's like housework;
you don't notice it as much unless it's left undone. But if people didn't
have or fulfill the gift of "helps," there would be no ushers to hand out
bulletins, those bulletins would have no inserts, the dirty dishes would
still be sitting in the dishwasher or sink when the next Wednesday night dinner
rolled around, elderly widows' yards would go unmown etc. The gift of helps
is indispensable to fleshing out the smooth functioning of God's church.
Today we will see passages that discuss the gift of service or "helps."
1 Cor. 12:28 (NASB) And God has appointed in the
church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then
gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues.
Acts 6:1-3 (NASB) Now at this time while the disciples
were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic
Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked
in the daily serving of food. So the twelve summoned the congregation of
the disciples and said, "It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of
God in order to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, select from among you
seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may
put in charge of this task."
Acts 9:39 (NASB) So Peter arose and went with them.
When he arrived, they brought him into the upper room; and all the widows
stood beside him, weeping and showing all the tunics and garments that Dorcas
used to make while she was with them.
1 Tim 3:10 (NASB) These men must also first be tested;
then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach.
1 Tim. 3:13 (NASB) For those who have served well
as deacons obtain for themselves a high standing and great confidence in
the faith that is in Christ Jesus.