Sydney Ropp – The Gifts of the Spirit, Pastor Jay Stoltzfus – Speak to the Dry Bones and Stir Yourselves Up

Friday January 22, 2016

Pastor Syd: Pride has a root of fear, because you see yourself alone and do not see yourself with God (Psalm 131). Pride keeps you from getting out of your comfort zone. Jesus is all that matters. The Spirit of God is not limited to a certain structure. He can minister through anyone. Ask the Lord to use you. First Corinthians 12 is about the gifts of the Spirit. We can say and believe that Jesus is Lord. There are different gifts and ministries, but the same Spirit, different ministries, but the same Lord, different workings, but the same God. The gifts benefit all. There are three revelation gifts, three power gifts, and three speaking gifts. They are distributed to each one as God wills, but we have to cooperate with Him. Do not receive His grace (empowerment) in vain (2 Corinthians 6:1). They are for someone else. The body is made up of many parts, but it is one body. God has placed the parts in the body as He wills. We care about each other and want to see everyone grow. God has placed apostles, prophets, teachers, miracles, gifts of healings, helps, administrations, and variety of tongues in the body. We are to earnestly desire the best gifts, the greater gifts. The best gifts are the most advantageous gifts, the ones that are needed right now. The gifts work because of love (1 Corinthians 13). We are to earnestly desire spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 14). If I ask, I receive. Pastor Syd shared about being filled with the Spirit. Praying in the Spirit is praying in tongues to God. If I want to be built up, I want to know what I am praying for. We must yield to the Spirit. It is the overflow of the Spirit. Prophesying to people is for edification, to build them up. If I come to you speaking in tongues, it needs an interpretation. I can pray to the Lord in the Spirit and with the understanding, and then I pray it out in English. This is how you will walk out the mysteries of God. Pray in tongues, and it will help you to get answers in a test or with a problem in school. Flow in the Holy Spirit and pray in tongues until you know what to do. All things must be done for edification. If two or three give a tongue, there must be an interpreter. If two or three give a prophecy, others must evaluate. All can prophesy, one by one, so the others can learn and be encouraged. You may be compelled to use your gift, but you can shut it down. Be eager to prophesy and do not forbid speaking in tongues. It is to be done, but just done in order. What if?… is a question you may have. Sharing a word or tongue at CWI is a safe place, and Pastor Syd is our safety net. Do not give in to fear. Step out in faith, even if you sink. Be willing. Tell God He can use you. Do not be so concerned that you might be wrong. (Pastor Syd talked about a meeting with Pastor Bob, when Syd gave a tongue and interpretation. It encouraged others to do the same.) The church is the body ministering to each other. Jay Stoltzfus: The move of God in CWI in 2006 and the sermons that Pastor Dale preached so touched Pastor Jay with God’s anointing. God wants to re-establish that move in those who were at CWI at the beginning and those who have come since then. God wants to propel the church forward and reattach the parts to move forward and to stir up excitement. God told Ezekiel to prophesy to the dry bones (Ezekiel 37). God needs a person. He is waiting for a man to agree with Him. Speak to the dry bones. As Ezekiel prophesied to the bones, they came together, and they lived and stood as a great army. There may be people you are speaking to that are like dry bones. That might be you. Speak to yourself. It is possible for the dry bones to come to life. We need to be willing, not dry bones. Be fired up. Believe that God has something for you. (There was ministry to those who were at CWI at the beginning of it.) Do not stop prophesying to the dead bones. Speak to them. They will come alive. (Various people in the congregation shared testimonies.) Jay: It takes action to keep the fires stirred up. We will pick up steam as we go.