Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
January 06, 2021
How to Discover Your Spiritual Gift.

If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefields besides, is mere fight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.
Martin Luther

A new study on the Cross.

1.Cross bearing refers to the time when we die daily in 1CO 15:30 and it is when the OSN is dead to sin.
The OSN died on the cross. PHI 1:21 1CO 15:30.

1PE 4:14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.
1PE 4:15 By no means let any of you suffer as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler;
1PE 4:16 but if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not feel ashamed, but in that name let him glorify God.
1PE 4:17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
1PE 4:18 And if it is with difficulty that the righteous is saved, what will become of the godless man and the sinner?
1PE 4:19 Therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.


  1. Cross bearing refers to being willing to suffer. persecution because of your ambassadorship!
  2. Cross bearing = to prepare hard pressurized life filled with evils as well as blessings MAT 7:13-14, ECC 4:9.

MAT 7:13 Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.
MAT 7:14 For the gate is narrow and the way is constricted that leads to life, and there are few who find it.


Prophecy - OT prophet foretold things but canon of Scripture is completed and we do not add to the word of God.


Rev 22:17-18 then the teaching of the word of God from one pastor teacher you discover your gift.


  1. Cross Bearing ---Separation from family if necessary.The Prodigal son didn’t appreciate his true family and it’s our proof of commitment. 

  God’s provision for our problems = the cross.  To deny myself every day.
 Many have excepted Christ but not his body. Mat12:46-50.

 Mat12:46 We except Christ to go to heaven. “ the spiritual gift of body” to reveal the Christ we have excepted.


5.Cross Bearing --- self adjustment to the Will of God.
ROM 12:1 Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.

1Th 4:4 “everyone must know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor.”


  1. Cross Bearing --- submitting to God’s will even though emotions and volition rebel.
  2. Cross Bearing = to do absolutely nothing to preserve yourself, your rights etc.

EPH 4:17-18 Christians alienated from life.

Many people take on jobs in the church that they have no ability to do, because those that have the gift refuse to operate in the gift.
rophecy is not for telling its fourth telling. It’s not line upon line or detailed study.
He stirs you up and many times gets under your skin; 2TI 2:2-4
He says the Bible says this Bible says that Bible says…

Mark 16:15 preaching is different than teaching.
Ministering (7) serving gifts,– you have one gift from God.
eople that were not baptized in the Holy Spirit are open to deceptions, conspiracies, etc.


  1. The Cross for the Lord was to reveal His obedience to the Fathers will.For the Christian it’s to humble our pride – PHI 3:8–10.

The cross is given as your provision to use your godly gifts and talents.
God gives you life to give a supply to the body – for the body sake.


  1. Cross bearing is designed to bring pressure to the believer to reveal the truth of Hebrews 13:5-6
  2. We cannot endure the cross with our own strength. Hardships and tribulations are the doorway to the kingdom of God glorification - Acts 14:21-22.
    The issue is not your natural preferences but your heart before the Lord.


  1. Teaching gift, Rom 12:7b with emphasis on Theandric Action.

Study original language = EPH 5:18.
Line upon line teacher = ISA 28:10.


EPH 5:18 And do not get drunk with wine,in which there is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,


ISA 28:10 For He says,
‘Order on order, order on order,
Line on line, line on line,
A little here, a little there.’”

Preacher - stairs people up - 2TI 2:4


2TI 2:4 No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him.


Pastor-Teacher - stabilizes therapy of the soul.


HEB 4:12 Scores of Christians are under preacher but not teacher.

Exhortation = called Holy Spirit to help. ROM 12:8.


ROM 12:8 or the one who exhorts, in the work of exhortation; the one who gives, with generosity; the one who is in leadership, with diligence; the one who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
Barnabus was so good at his gift he was called the son of consolation.


Same word is used for exhortation.
Exhortation is a gift.

ACT 4:36 Now Joseph, a Levite of Cyprian birth, who was also called Barnabas by the apostles (which translated means Son of Encouragement),
Have patients when men and women of God have problems because they need to have problems, because it keeps them humble.

16 basic gifts found in 1PE 4:10


These gifts will include
7= ministering gifts
5= communication gifts
4 = signs gifts


Gifts are given by the Lord to magnify the Giver who is Jesus Christ.


EPH 4:8 the Lord Jesus Christ gave gifts unto men.


MAT 28:18 Jesus said all power is given to me in heaven and in earth.


MAT 28:18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.


1CO 12:11 tells us that the Holy Spirit administers the distribution of the gifts.
1CO 12:11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.

“He wills” refers to the Holy Spirit dividing to every man severally as He wills.


1Pe 4:10 – as every man had received, the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

The gift – “charisma” = spiritual endowment, spiritual enablement, graciousness not talent.


1PE 4:11 - Exhortation means called alongside to comfort.


1PE 4:11 Whoever speaks is to do so as one who is speaking actual words of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.


It can urge others to change their direction out of a heart of love.

Gift of healing meant instant healing - Acts 19:11–12.
ACT 19:11- God was performing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul,


ACT 19:12 so that handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out.


Paul’s gift was removed once his apostleship was established.


3 sources of illness:
1. Physical
2. Demonic
3. Psychosomatic


Every man has received - LAMBANO = A gracious reception.

Minister – DIAKONEO – to be a servant, to wait on tables to serve, used in the Bible for deacons to wait on tables, to wait on pastors, to prepare food for tables, so our gift is to be used to serve one another.


As good (Noble) stewards = one who governs a household, responsibility we have for that gift or gifts which God has bestowed upon us.


Manifold grace of God is reference to the powers and gifts granted to Christians by God’s unmerited favor.


It’s up to each one of us to be diligent and present ourselves.
2CO 5:10, ROM 14:10, 2TI 2:15
He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek  HEB11:6.


HEB 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for the one who comes to God must believe that He exists, and that He proves to be One who rewards those who seek Him.


Search for me with all your heart – JER 29:13


JER 29:13 And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
Don’t get weary in well doing -GAL 6:9


GAL 6:9 Let’s not become discouraged in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not become weary.


Phi 1:21 “for me to live is Christ,”  “to live” = present active participle = for me,  “to live” - keeps on being Christ.


It is so vital to remember to magnify the Lord in everything we do! Col 3:17, ECC 9:10


Col 3:17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

ECC 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for there is no activity, planning, knowledge, of wisdom in Sheol where you are going.


We believe in Him, we love Him, love His word but perhaps we don’t take time to magnify His name.


Essence of God means the characteristics of God’s nature reveals the implementation of God’s provision for the believer, Titus 2:11-12.


TIT 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people,
TIT 2:12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,

Essence of God - reveals to us who God is, what He’s done and how He does it.


Lack of fellowship with who God is comes from not understanding the essence of God.


God supplies physical needs, Matthew 6:24–34Ephesians 6:10-16, God supplies spiritual needs, Daniel 4:25.


MAT 6:24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

Mat 6:25 “For this reason I say to you, [q]do not be worried about your [r]life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is life not more than food, and the body more than clothing?


MAT 6:26 Look at the birds of the sky, that they do not sow, nor reap, nor gather crops into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more important than they?


Mat 6:27 And which of you by worrying can add a single day to his life’s span?


Mat 6:28 And why are you worried about clothing? Notice how the lilies of the field grow; they do not labor nor do they spin thread for cloth,


Mat 6:29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.


Mat 6:30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!


Mat 6:31 Do not worry then, saying, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear for clothing?’


Mat 6:32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.


Mat 6:33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be we provided to you.


Mat 6:34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

God supplies spiritual needs, Daniel 4:25.


DAN 4:25 that you be driven away from mankind and your dwelling place be with the animals of the field, and you be given grass to eat like cattle and be drenched with the dew of heaven; and seven periods of time will pass over you, until you recognize that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes.


Perfect righteousness = God,
self righteousness = mans. PSA 145:17, ROM 8:2 - 3, JOH 1:14 - incarnation, PSA 85:10 - 12, PSA 33:4 - 117:2


God’s grace has been shown to the whole world, his grandchildren, results = Hebrews 13:9 established = present/passive/infinitive.




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