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Spiritual Gifts and the Anointing

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This is the third and last of my posts exploring some of the aspects covered in my newly published book ‘The 9 Spiritual Gifts & How to Find your Ministry’. Yes, it’s now available on Amazon Kindle and you can find it HERE.

I mentioned in my last article that I wanted to touch on the correlation between Gifts and Ministries, so let me do that now before proceeding to the main topic of this post.

The Correlation between Gifts and Ministries

Ministries are areas of service in and through the local church. Manifestations are what the Holy Spirit does in and through us as we minister. This identifies both the difference and the correlation between the two – We minister and the Holy Spirit manifests His gifts through us as we do.
In 1 Corinthians 12 & 14 Paul sometimes used the same word to identify both manifestations and ministries. For instance, he wrote of both a gift of prophecy and prophetic ministry/prophets. The word ‘gifts’ translates a Greek word with the general meaning of ‘spiritual matters’ or ‘graces’. Romans 12:6-8 makes it obvious that both manifestations of the Spirit and human ministries were in view when Paul wrote; “We have different gifts , according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully” Both manifestations of the Holy Spirit and ministries are gifts to the church body corporate.

For instance, someone with a prophetic ministry will often speak out prophetic messages from God. The manifestations of Holy Spirit initiated prophecy establish and authenticate a prophetic ministry. However, the Prophet does not ‘possess’ the ability to prophecy at will, and he or she could well bless the church with other manifestations of the Spirit, such as Words of Knowledge, Discerning of Spirits, and so on.

Anointing and Gifts

A key idea presented here is that God brings believers into a sort of unequal partnership – we minister and He manifests supernaturally. This grace-filled partnership also helps us to understand the relationship between Anointing and Gifts.

You will often hear the word ‘anointing’ used in Pentecostal and Charismatic circles, but not so much in other denominational groups. For traditional Protestants, the word ‘anointing’ usually signifies something or some person that God has set apart for a particular purpose. In Old Testament times Kings, Prophets, and Priests were anointed with oil to consecrate them for service. However, even in the Old Testament it was evident that anointing signified more than simply a sacramental act. For instance, 1 Samuel 16:13 has: “So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came upon David in power”.

The connection between anointing and spiritual power continues into the New Testament. Luke recorded ‘how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power (Acts 10:38). James connected anointing the sick with oil to the Holy Spirit empowerment of the Elders to heal when he wrote; ‘Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up’ (James 5:14-15).

So, if ‘anointing’ has to do with consecration and spiritual empowerment then it surely includes the ‘gift’ manifestations of the Holy Spirit through believers.

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There is of course much more to anointings, gifts, and ministries and my book covers this ground in a simple and overview-oriented way. It is part of the Christian Quickreads series and designed especially for folk who don’t have time or inclination to read hundreds of pages on a subject. If you are interested in reading it, then just click on the picture below… I hope you do.

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TruthTalks: What are Spiritual Gifts and do we have them or give them?

TruthTalks Spiritual Gifts

What are Spiritual Gifts and do we have them, or give them?

In this and subsequent TruthTalks, I am looking at some of the underlying issues that make the subject important yet problematic to some.

In this podcast, I speak about the common misconception that Spiritual Gifts are supernatural abilities permanently conferred upon Christians. I argue that the key text of 1 Corinthians 12 points rather to The Holy Spirit temporarily entrusting gifts of healing, prophecy, and so on to believers to deliver to those in need of the gift.

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New Book – The 9 Essentials of Building your Life in Christ: Christian Foundations

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I have just published a book on Amazon Kindle called ‘The 9 Essentials of Building your Life in Christ: Christian Foundations’. You can purchase it HERE or if you want a free pdf of the book then just click HERE and go straight to the opt-in page.

The book is part of the Christian QuickReads collection specifically designed for those who prefer reading something around the 100-page length, rather than a longer and more comprehensive volume.

Why this book

When, at the age of 30, I was born again into a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, a Christian friend gave me a set of lessons by Derek Prince called the Foundations Series. They helped me to understand some of the basic teachings of my new faith, but they also puzzled me a little. Dr Prince had built his series around Hebrews 6:1-3 and his six booklets were respectively titled Repentance, Faith, Baptisms, Laying on of Hands, Resurrection, and Judgement. Even then, as a brand new believer, I wondered why these six were more important than subjects like the Bible, Prayer and Worship, the Church, and so on.

My own experience as a new believer highlighted the need for something short and simple. However, something that covered the actual foundations of the Christian Faith and not teachings based on what I later realised are the foundational doctrines of Judaism (Hebrews 6:1-3) and not Christianity.

Of course, there have been many other foundational teaching books since Derek Prince’s, but they all seem to fall short of the mark in one way or another.  So, when I became a pastor of a local church at the age of 40, I took on the task of writing something for the new believers around me.

What the book is about

I listed what I thought were the foundations of the Christian Faith. Here are the 9 that I came up with:

  1. Salvation – including covenant, repentance, new birth, Fact, Faith, and Feelings, water baptism, assurance, being filled by the Holy Spirit, and obedient living.
  2. The Bible – including Inspiration, what translation to use, how to study the Bible, and what Jesus said and did as the key to understanding scripture.
  3. The Kingdom of God and Spiritual Warfare
  4. The Stewardship of Time, Money, and Talents
  5. Prayer and Worship
  6. Ministering in the Power of the Holy Spirit
  7. Fellowship and the Church
  8. Witnessing and Making Disciples
  9. The Christian Family

Who the book is for

It is obvious from what I have already written that I designed the book primarily for new believers. However, two other groups could benefit from it:

Christian Leaders – Men and women planting new congregations or considering a teaching series for their church could find it useful as an outline and seedbed for further research and development.

Mature Christians – It has always surprised me just how many folk who have been Christians for a long while have such a sketchy idea of the basics of their Faith. A prayerful read through ‘The 9 Essentials of Building your Life in Christ’ would prove very helpful to them.

In the near future, I will be publishing further books in the Christian QuickReads series. If you would like to be notified when these appear, then just click HERE and subscribe to truthistheword.com.

 

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The Moment of Truth – Elections 2019

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The Moment of Truth is a phrase that has been applied to several events ranging from School Leaving exams to Eskom’s demise. More recently, it has been adopted by some in the media as a slogan for the May 2019 National Elections here in South Africa.

Will the elections in just a few days’ time be a moment of truth for the nation? Probably not. In all probability the current ruling party will win by a sizeable, if reduced, margin and so the real question is what will happen in the next few years? Whichever party is in power after May this year, or whichever parties form a coalition to rule, they will all be faced with a series of moments of truth. Will they deal decisively and severely with the men, women and companies that have brought us economically and socially to our knees? Will they follow through on their great campaign promises and actually deliver the regeneration we need?

We need Revival!
Whatever the post-May political scenario, nothing short of a Jesus-centred Holy Spirit revival will save our nation. I say this because for the nation to change, the hearts of its citizens must change first.  National reformation plans and organised Christian movements are well and good, but words, plans, and ideas are not enough in our time of crisis; we need a genuine move of God!

I am not naturally an optimist, but I am optimistic about our national future because for the last eight years I have become aware of the possibility of true spiritual revival in South Africa. In addition, the events over the last two years have encouraged me.

Looking back Two Years

On the 5th April 2017 I published an article called ‘The worm has been turned’ and followed that up 20 days later with ‘A nation reborn in a day?’. I think that it is worth repeating the ‘predictions’ I made at that time:

  • The light of truth will shine in the darkness of our government and we will see and hear one leader after another speaking out against corruption, greed, arrogance and national theft. We have already witnessed this starting to happen within just one day of the prayer meeting.
  • The ruling party will continue to polarise and fragment into competing factions before our eyes and some of its key leaders will form new alliances. Once again, we are seeing the start of this right now.
  • Economic conditions will continue to deteriorate as the nation is paralysed by the political struggle gripping its throat.
  • The powers of evil in our nation will most likely attack the church with every available means and accuse it of siding with foreign influences in betraying the elected leadership of the nation. But, with every onslaught, the light of truth will grow more intense and glorious. Remember what Jesus said to His disciples, and to us, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.“(John 16:33).
  • Churches across our nation will swell with countless numbers of people seeking truth, hope and love and very soon, we will be witnessing a genuine Holy Spirit, Jesus-centred revival of historic proportions.

These were not so much predictions as reasoned projections and when we look back we can probably tick them all off to one extent or another. In some respects things have gotten worse – unemployment, power supply, economic growth rates, and so on. But, in other respects things have improved because the light of Christ is shining powerfully into all aspects of our national life… and Revival is surely right at the door.

Arise, shine, for your light has come,

and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.

See, darkness covers the earth

and thick darkness is over the peoples,

but the Lord rises upon you

and his glory appears over you”.

Isaiah 60:1-2

New Book Published

Revival. It always comes back to this, so I have published a short book titled ‘The 12 Key Aspects of Revival’ that I am making available free to everyone within my circle of influence. All you have to do is CLICK on the link below and you can download your own no-strings-attached copy.

I look forward to the results of our May election with great interest, but I look forward to the months to follow with more than interest; I look forward with faith and hope.

So, the best thing we as ordinary citizens can do right now is to pray and ask God to send revival to our nation… then VOTE.

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” 1 Corinthians 2:9
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Revival… Again

I have called this article Revival… Again firstly, because we need another Holy Spirit revival at this time, but also because I have written on this topic before.

In fact, I have written about it so many times that I have gathered the latest series into a book titled ‘The 12 Key Aspects of Revival’. This is part of a series of short books I am currently publishing as ‘Christian QuickReads’.

You can find it on Amazon Kindle selling for about R65.00 BUT I want to make it available for FREE to everyone who reads my Truth is The Word posts… so that would be you!

There are no strings attached to this offer and all you have to do is click the banner at the top of this post and then select the ‘Click to start download’ button and the .pdf version will automatically download.

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Over the next several months, I will be publishing the following additional Christian QuickReads, so keep an eye out for them.

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About Me

My name is Christopher Peppler and I was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1947. While working in the financial sector I achieved a number of business qualifications from the Institute of Bankers, Damelin Management School, and The University of the Witwatersrand Business School. After over 20 years as a banker, I followed God’s calling and joined the ministry full time. After becoming a pastor of what is now a quite considerable church, I  earned an undergraduate theological qualification from the Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa and post-graduate degrees from two United States institutions. I was also awarded the Doctor of Theology in Systematic Theology from the University of Zululand in 2000.

Four years before that I established the South African Theological Seminary (SATS), which today is represented in over 70 countries and has more than 2 500 active students enrolled with it. I presently play an role supervising Masters and Doctoral students.

I am a passionate champion of the Christocentric or Christ-centred Principle, an approach to biblical interpretation and theological construction that emphasises the centrality of Jesus

I have been happily married to Patricia since the age of 20, have two children, Lance and Karen, a daughter-in-law Tracey, and granddaughters Jessica and Kirsten. I have now retired from both church and seminary leadership and devote my time to writing, discipling, and the classical guitar.

If you would like to read my testimony to Jesus then click HERE.