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Posted in New Testament, Romans, Romans 12

Romans 12:7a


Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Romans 12:7a (Holman) . . .if service, in service;

This grace-gift entails actions rather than words. It is significant, worthy of close examination. Service is a spiritual empowering that enables us to perform the practical acts of ministering to the personal needs of others in Jesus’ name. The Greek word here often denoted the work of a slave, the service of one for another.

Our Lord said He came to serve, not to be served (Matt. 20:28). Thus it is no surprise that service, along with teaching, is the gift most commonly claimed by His followers. Anyone with the gift of service is drawn to people and projects needing assistance. Helpers don’t have to be asked to serve. Their antennas are always up, looking for ways to pitch in. They see what needs to be done and do it.

If a classroom is in shambles at class time, a person with discernment will say, “Someone missed an assignment.” An administrator says, “Find a custodian.” A person with wisdom would say, “We should check our room earlier each week.”

The church member with the gift of service starts rearranging chairs and picking up trash. They have the room in order in about two minutes, finding as much satisfaction in doing this as the teacher will later find in teaching the lesson.

People with this gift find it hard to say no to any ne

Teaching and Exhortation

Posted in New Testament, Romans, Romans 12

Romans 12:7b-8a

Teaching and Exhortation

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Romans 12:7b …if teaching, in teaching;…

Teaching involves instruction. It helps intellect and understanding by giving clear explanations of the Bible. Ignorance of Scripture is the mother of error. Teaching, a gift vital to reversing this problem, is given to many.

Since this is a gift God gives a person at conversion, education and training are not prerequisites to it. The best Sunday School teacher I had as a child could not read. His wife would teach him the lesson on Saturday.

A true teacher likes to study, to do research. When I return to my office after being away for several days, a mountain of work awaited me. I plow into it, and after a few hours, I often think I will lose my mind. Too much administrivia can make me want to pull my hair out.

But when my exasperation nears explosion, if I can get to the stack of books I use to research sermons, I suddenly feel better. I feel content when I study. I love books; they are not mean, and never bite, fight, or whine.

For teachers, extended preparation is no problem. We gladly cross land and sea to glean the answer to a question or to find a good illustration or story. The transfer of truth matters most to us.

A teacher believes the best people in the audience are the ones taking notes. Pencils and paper give proof of spiritual