Discover the Word: Use and Misuse of Spiritual Gifts

It’s amazing that we have now met for the 21st time for our weekly Discover the Word, which is a discipleship class of the ReThink Community, a local congregation of the Grace Communion International here is Santa Rosa, Laguna.

For this session, we discussed the 2-part article of Dr. Joseph Tkach entitled, Use and Misuse of Spiritual GiftsWe are following the 40 Days of Discipleship guide which can be found in our GCI mother website.

After the reading of the article, discussions about the topic followed especially on the issue on speaking in tongues. Here’s a video of that meeting:

Discover the Word: The Holy Spirit

Some say the Holy Spirit is merely power which God uses. Others say, the Holy Spirit is a person.  There seems to be some confusion over this matter.

For this 20th session, we discussed the topic on the Holy Spirit based on the article written by Dr. Mike Morrison entitled, The Holy Spirit. The article presented proofs that the Holy Spirit is God and has attributes only God has like: being eternal, omnipresent and omniscient. The Holy Spirit also creates, empowers miracles and is doing the work or ministry of God.

It is comforting to know that God continues to work in us perfecting us to become like Christ through the Holy Spirit living in us and guiding us each and everyday of our lives. The reason we can say that the Father and the Son lives in us is because the Holy Spirit does live in us as Jesus had promised.

The group appreciated the well-written article and expressed how they have gained more knowledge and understanding from this session.  Here’s the video of our 20th session:

Discover the Word: Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

Our 19th session focused mainly on one article entitled, “Why did Jesus Have to Die?” But before we discussed this topic, some clarifications were made and additional information were shared about the previous session’s topic on the Arian controversy.

Christ died so that we might live. Part of his ministry was that he was “born to die” and at first, his disciples could not understand and accept that fact. But after his resurrection and ascension they did. He became sin so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21). “He became something he was not, so that we might become something we were not.”

The “seven images of salvation” mentioned at the end of the article was helpful in broadening our understanding of what salvation is all about. It showed that in Scripture, salvation is described in many ways through metaphors,  analogies and other ways of illustrating what it is all about.

Questions and comments were generated and a lively discussion ensued that evening. It was fun.

Here’s the video: