Church – No Spectator Sport leads the reader on a theological and practical journey of discovery in search of spiritual gifts.
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The book describes the variety of spiritual gifts Jesus Christ gives to His people, how He is sovereign in their distribution and uses them to edity and unite His body, the Church.
The books discusses the role of the Holy Spirit in gifts discovery, the views of charismatics, how gifts relate to skills and talents, and how they reflect our sense of the neediness of our world. The book gives practical steps to take to discover gifts and then takes each of the main gifts and studies them in depth.
The book tackles a host of questions. Does the apostolic gift continue in the missionary gift? Is preaching the fulfillment of the prophetic gift? What are the gifts of evangelism, shepherding, teaching, and encouragment? How are the gifts of knowledge and wisdom related to the teaching gifts? What are the gifts of helps and hospitality, giving and mercy, faith and discernment? How is the gift of administration related to leadership.
This book is biblical, thorough, practical and profusely illustrated.