Expressions of faith
Committed to Christ

Bishop-Elect Dr. Monterey D. Lee, Sr.

(text based on Romans 1:1-17, et al)

In order for one to operate in the gifts, one must first have faith that is fully developed. Your language and lifestyle must represent faith.

Spiritual gifts or charisma are concepts in Christianity referring to an endowment or extraordinary power given by the Holy Spirit. This is followed by the supernatural grace which individuals have in order to fulfill the mission of the church.

“To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that One Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines,” 1 Corinthians 12:8-11.

We are called to learn and develop faith because faith is essential and of the utmost importance for every aspect of the Christian life. Without faith we can do nothing.

“Now I don’t want you to be unaware, that I often planned to come to you but was prevented until now in order that I might have a fruitful ministry among you, just as I have among the rest of the Gentiles. I am obligated both to the Greeks and the barbarians, both to the wise and the foolish. So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also to you who are in Rome,” Romans 1:13-15.

By the end of Paul’s third missionary journey to Syria, Galatia, and Asia, Paul says to the church at Rome:

“I often planned to come to you but I was prevented [hindered] not by Satan, others, or the Holy Spirit. I have been hindered from coming to you until now in order that I might have some fruit, of a fruitful ministry among you. That I might be the means of your conversion from sin. To have fruit, to obtain success in bringing mankind to the wisdom and knowledge of Christ,” Romans 15:22.

“I have chosen you, and ordained you that you should bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

I hope the gospel that I preach to you would have good success, and bring forth fruit in you, as it has done in other churches of the Gentiles. I don’t want you to be ignorant. I’m determined to give you spiritual understanding for the Jews and for the Greeks. The civilized and uncivilized. Wise and unwise. Educated and uneducated. My whole life is dedicated to spread the good news of salvation of the Savior to the entire world. This was his debt of love by proclaiming Christ’s salvation to all people across all social, racial, cultural, and economic lines,” John 15:16.

We owe Christ the same debt of love to spread the good news of salvation to the entire world by being committed to Christ.

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