Romans 12:4-8
4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

The gifts mentioned in Romans 12:4-8 are often referred to as motivational gifts. Each believer receives one or more of these gifts at the time of salvation and they are the tools through which God works in their lives to further His Kingdom. Through the equipping of the Holy Spirit, he or she is able to be a significant/forceful/fundamental part of the church.

The Motivational Gifts Are:

Proclaiming and applying the Word of God

Presenting the truth of God's Word and putting emphasis on the Scriptures as the source of the truth.

Encouraging, counseling, strengthening, teaching and building up other believers so that they will grow and mature in their faith.

Comforting, compassionate and very perceptive in recognizing the emotional and spiritual needs of others that appear to be in distress.

Possessing the ability to lead by example, lifting others up, organizing and coordinating the activities of others in order to reach a common goal.

Providing for the physical, material, or spiritual needs of people, and taking care of the less fortunate in society such as the poor. Their gift is usually action instead of words.

Giving is not limited to just money. This includes those that give of their time and talent to further the Word of God.

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Romans 11:36
For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.

1 Corinthians 10:31
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

As Christians, our primary purposes are to glorify God and assist one another in growing to become more like Christ. Every step along the way brings us closer to embracing the right beliefs, right actions and right emotions that embody a Christ driven existence. The motivational gifts/tools that are given to each of us are necessary for us to be successful in this endeavor. Offering up the truth of God's word joins with the desire to bring others into the light of His truth and to grow together, as a community, to become more intimate with God's message.

When we fail to give God the glory for our achievements, we are taking credit for something that we could not have accomplished without the Holy Spirit. As Paul wrote in Romans 3:12, "There is none who does good, no, not one." So the last thing we want to do is take credit or glory for what we do.

Beacon Bible Church is very blessed to have people that work diligently to bring glory to our Lord. They do not expect recognition of any kind and they quietly go about their goal of reaching out to others and serving faithfully the responsibilities they have accepted within the church.

Even though we see these people nearly every Sunday we know little about what they do to further the work of God's kingdom. In celebration of these motivational gifts that have been bestowed on our Sisters and Brothers, we will be sharing some stories on how they have been put into action.