Gifts 4

The second gift listed in Romans 12:6,7 is service or ministry.  It involves helping the needy (2 Corinthians 9:12,13).  It involves service to saints (1 Corinthians 16:15).  (In the New Testament “saint” means “Christian.”)  And it involves ministry to the lost (2 Corinthians 4:1).  As servants we need to not be unnecessary burdens (2 Corinthians 11:8,9).  At the same time, we need to be willing to let others serve us when needed.  We must not cause offense (2 Corinthians 6:3).  We must be steadfast (Colossians 4:17).  We must minister with gladness (1 Peter 4:9).  We need to understand that serving is not always easy (2 Timothy 4:5).  And we must submit to the Lord (1 Timothy 1:12-14).

Jesus teaches his Apostles about service in John 13:3-17.

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