Title: “Understanding Spiritual Gifts: Use, Abuse, and Non-Use” – Sermon by Jeff Piepho (May 21, 2023)
Jeff Piepho, in his sermon titled “Understanding Spiritual Gifts: Use, Abuse, and Non-Use” part of the “1 Corinthians (Jesus Above All Things)” series, discusses the proper use of spiritual gifts in the church, based on 1 Corinthians 12:1-11. Piepho examines the dangers of both the neglect and misuse of these gifts, emphasizing the importance of using them in a way that honors God and benefits the church community.
He begins by introducing the idea that different spiritual gifts are distributed by the same Spirit for the purpose of common good. He cautions against getting led astray by false prophets and teachings that abuse or distort these gifts. To emphasize his point, Piepho shows several video clips comparing pagan cult practices to certain controversial practices within some churches.
Drawing upon the scripture, he emphasizes that any manifestation of the Holy Spirit is intended to aid and benefit the church and, by extension, the world. Piepho encourages Christians to be open to the Spirit’s gifting, to believe, repent, and seek these gifts from God. At the same time, he warns against churches or ministries that falsely claim or misuse spiritual gifts.
This sermon, with its emphasis on discernment and proper use of spiritual gifts, serves as a guide for Christians to navigate the spiritual landscape while staying true to the teachings of the Bible.