(For the context of future listeners, this sermon was delivered shortly after the government’s warnings and mass shutdowns during the COVID-19 Corona Virus pandemic.)
Our final message in our series during the Ten Commandments comes amid a state-wide crisis. And, I received quite a number of inquiries about why would church is remaining open on Sunday morning given how many others are closed. The Ten Commandments as a whole summarize why the church should remain open, but the Tenth Commandment, “Thou shalt not covet…” in particular deals with our questions about happiness, but more importantly, safety.
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant. You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the 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 gives them to each one, just as he determines.
New International Version, 1984 Edition