1 Peter 4:7-11
Focused Text: 1 Peter 4:10-11 (cp. Romans 12:6-8)
Every believer in Christ has been uniquely gifted with some form of God’s grace for the purpose of serving others within the church (and in some cases outside as well). In this passage Peter mentions two examples: speaking the Word (i.e. teaching/preaching) and completing acts of service (i.e. serving with our hands). Paul, in his letters to the churches in Rome and Corinth, gives us more comprehensive lists, yet with the same idea in mind: God has gifted every believer with some manifestation of the Holy Spirit for the good of the church family (see 1 Cor. 12:4-11).