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How To Build A Church | 1 Corinthians 12

When you trust in Christ, the Holy Spirit entrusts you with one or more gifts. Is your gifting being used for the common good of the church body by the power of the Spirit? John Elmore walks through 1 Corinthians 12 to remind us that we’re under new management and that the spiritual gifts we have been entrusted with are to edify and build up God’s church.

John ElmoreJul 10, 2022
1 Corinthians 12:1-31

In This Series (20)
Standing Firm In A Fallen World | 1 Corinthians 16
David MarvinJul 31, 2022
The Purpose of Spiritual Gifts | 1 Corinthians 14
Oren MartinJul 24, 2022
A Church Marked by Love | 1 Corinthians 13
Timothy "TA" AteekJul 17, 2022
How To Build A Church | 1 Corinthians 12
John ElmoreJul 10, 2022
God's Design for Men and Women | 1 Corinthians 11:1-16
Timothy "TA" AteekJul 3, 2022
Repentance, Allegiance & Deference for the Glory of God | 1 Corinthians 10
John ElmoreJun 26, 2022
Giving, Sharing, and Living for the Gospel | 1 Corinthians 9
John ElmoreJun 19, 2022
Christians and Controversial Topics | 1 Corinthians 8
Jermaine HarrisonJun 12, 2022
Being Single | 1 Corinthians 7:7-40
Timothy "TA" AteekJun 5, 2022
Fighting For Your Marriage | 1 Corinthians 7:1-16
Timothy "TA" AteekMay 22, 2022
Sex and Glorifying God | 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Timothy "TA" AteekMay 15, 2022
Conflict: An Inevitable Opportunity | 1 Corinthians 6:1-11
Timothy "TA" AteekMay 1, 2022
Church Discipline: Sin, Grace, and Shepherding | 1 Corinthians 5
John ElmoreApr 24, 2022
The Resurrection Is the Remedy to Our Hypocrisy | 1 Corinthians 15
Timothy "TA" AteekApr 17, 2022
The Purpose, Plot Twists, and Power of Christ | 1 Corinthians 4
John ElmoreApr 10, 2022
Being a Healthy Church | 1 Corinthians 3:1-23
Timothy "TA" AteekMar 27, 2022
The Miracle of Spiritual Maturity | 1 Corinthians 2:1-16
Timothy "TA" AteekMar 20, 2022
The Miracle of Salvation | 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Timothy "TA" AteekMar 13, 2022
Priority, Preference, and Power | 1 Corinthians 1:10-17
John ElmoreMar 6, 2022
Called, Gifted, and Kept by Jesus | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
John ElmoreFeb 27, 2022

In This Series (21)


God has given believers tools (spiritual gifts) that are used to build up the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit's power as we grow into maturity in Him. There are three things we can be sure of when we reflect on the spiritual gifts given to us by the Spirit.

We have a new owner. (1 Corinthians 12:1-3)

  • Before Christ, we were taken captive by Satan to do his will – and the evil that our flesh desires (2 Timothy 2:24-26). But God has ransomed us through Christ and He is our new owner.
  • You, as a believer, are under new management and thus operate differently.
  • Though our gifts are diverse, we are all working together to build up the body of Christ.

We have new tools with new power. (1 Corinthians 12:4-13)

  • We have each been given gifts or tools as believers (1 Corinthians 12:7).
  • The tools are powered by the Spirit; they are not powered by our own effort (1 Corinthians 12:6; 1 Corinthians 12:11).
  • Your gift was given to you for the common good of the body. It is not for your own benefit, but for building up of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12).
  • As you make yourself available and start to serve, you will find your gifts by seeing what gives you life and hearing others affirm the gifting they see in you.

We have a new vibe. (1 Corinthians 12:14-31)

  • There should be no self-degradation, because every gift is essential (1 Corinthians 12:15-16).
  • There should be no self-exaltation, because every gift is dependent on the others (1 Corinthians 12:21).
  • We are marked by unity under Christ (John 17:11). Instead of quarreling, envy, and division, we should have compassion for and celebrate one another (1 Corinthians 12:25-26).
  • As we steward our gifts, we can earnestly desire other gifts (1 Corinthians 12:31).
  • No matter what your gifts may be, they are nothing but a nuisance without love (1 Corinthians 12:31-13:3).
  • If you are in Christ, all your mistakes are nailed to the cross (Colossians 2:13-14).

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • Are your gifts being used for the common good of the body of Christ? How can you depend more on the Spirit for His empowerment of your gifts?
  • Where can you start serving and make yourself available to build up the church? When will you take that next step?
  • Who will you encourage with a call or text that you see faithfully stewarding their gift?
  • Additional Scripture: 1 Corinthians 14, Romans 12:6-8, Ephesians 4:11, 1 Peter 4:10-11, Isaiah 10:15, 1 Timothy 3:15
  • Additional Resources: Find a place to serve; take a Shape survey to help identify where you should serve; and learn how to determine your spiritual gifts.