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Children's Sermon: Spiritual Gifts and Cake

Preparation: Make two to six different kinds of cake and decorate them differently. On top, write a different spiritual gift on each cake. I made three (9x13) cakes and cut them in half.

Key Verse: 1 Peter 4:10

Manuscript: Good morning, Boys and Girls! This morning we are continuing our Church 101 Series. So far, we've learned the church is the people. We did the Hokey Pokey to remind us that each one of us is a different part of the body that makes up the church. Then we learned that Jesus makes us fishers of men so our mission is to reach other people with the good news about His love. We've also talked about the responsibility of the church: stewardship, in which we are to use what God has given us faithfully to multiply His kingdom and become overflowing with blessings.

During the course of our church 101 Series, I've mentioned several times that God made each and every one of you unique and special. When we make Jesus our Lord, the Holy Spirit gives us individual spiritual gifts. Spiritual gifts are special talents or abilities the Holy Spirit gives us to help one another, encourage one another, build one another up and ultimately bring glory and honor to God. We know everyone has a spiritual gift, but what are we to do with our gifts? Let's turn to the Bible to see what we can learn about what God intends.

"Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms" (1 Pet. 4:10). So what does that mean? Simply put, it means we are to take the gifts we have and share them with others. What are spiritual gifts? The Bible gives examples of spiritual gifts such as:
• Wisdom
• Knowledge
• Faith
• Healing
• Miracles
• Prophecy
• Discernment
• Tongues
• Teaching
• Interpreting
• Apostles
• Evangelism
• Serving
• Exhortation
• Gives
• Leads
• Mercy

That's a pretty nice list, isn't it? Yet, what do those things mean exactly? How about this: Have any of you gone through a situation in which you desperately needed God's help, and you knew--just knew--God was going to take care of the situation and bring you through it? If that sounds like you, then you might have the gift of faith. Or what about this: Have any of you told your friends about Jesus? If you have a heart for lost people and want to ask others to invite Jesus into their lives, then you might have the gift of evangelism. Have any of you ever seen another student bing picked on at school and stood up for your friend or maybe tried to be that person's friend because you felt compassion? If you've done that, then you might have the gift of mercy. Are any of you big helpers--you just enjoy doing things to be kind to other people and help? If so, then you might have the gift of serving.

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