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Identical Diversity 

1 Corinthians 12:4–11 • Help Wanted • Adam Bailie • January 13, 2019 

Big Idea 
Identical diversity is the bedrock of radical, genuine, local church unity. 

Identical diversity at Christ Church: 
1. My presentation is diverse, but our power is identical (4–6). 
2. My proof is diverse, but our purpose is identical (7). 
3. My proportion is diverse, but our provider is identical (8–11). 


Have you in any way lost sight of the purpose for spiritual gifts (see verse 7)? 

How does verse 7 change the way you walk into church? The way you walk into small group? 

Are you more prone to think of the church as a place where you are a consumer or a contributor? 
How should this passage affect how you think about that? 

Do you envy the manifestation of the Spirit in others? How does this passage, especially verse 11, 
help you address envy? 

How has the Spirit gifted you? Are you using your gift to minister to the church? 


Thank God for the precious gift of the Holy Spirit who indwells, empowers, and gifts every believer. 
Praise him for the way he uniquely gifts his people. 

Pray for a increasing sense of how God has gifted you, and a clear awareness of how that gifting can 
be exercised for the good of the church. 

Pray for much fruit to be borne in the church and in the world from the exercise of your unique 
spiritual gifts. 


Why is it important to remember that, though unique and various, our spiritual gifts come from “the 
same God”?  

How do verses 4–6 help protect us from feelings of superiority/inferiority in the church? 

What are some misuses of spiritual gifting that might be avoided by keeping the express purpose of 
spiritual gifting (“the common good”) in focus? 

Is there such a thing as a Christian who has no spiritual gift? How might you encourage someone 
who’s finding it hard to believe he or she is gifted by the Spirit? 

Can you think of anyone in your life who clearly possesses one of the spiritual gifts? How do you see 
God using that gift for “the common good”? 


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