Don't Be Ignorant of Spiritual Gifts

Jan 18, 2004
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Topic(s): God-Holy Spirit
Hymns: 761, 299,752, I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light, 740
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Holy Spirit, enter in
And in our hearts Thy work begin,
Thy temple deign to make us;
Sun of the soul, Thou Light Divine,
Around and in us brightly shine,
To joy and gladness wake us.
That we, In Thee
Truly living, To The giving
Prayer unceasing,
May in love be still increasing.

Give to thy Word impressive power
That in our hearts, from this good hour,
As fire it may be glowing;
That we confess the Father, Son,
And Thee, the Spirit, Three in One,
Thy glory ever showing.
Stay Thou, Sway now
Our souls ever That they never
May forsake Thee,
But by faith their Refuge make Thee.

Thou fountain whence all wisdom flows
Which God on pious hearts bestows,
Grant us Thy consolation
That in our pure faith's unity
We faithful witnesses may be
Of grace that brings salvation.
Hear us, Cheer us
By Thy teaching; Let our preaching
And our labor
Praise Thee, Lord, and serve our neighbor.
Hymn 235:1-3

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 36

First Reading: 

1 John 3:24, 1 John 4:1-6

The Holy Spirit gives many and varied spiritual gifts to God’s children. There are, however, those who will claim spiritual gifts, but they are really false prophets. John writes to his readers urging them to evaluate those who speak as if they are messengers of God. The Word of God is the tool for such evaluation.