Elim Dover Membership Training Commenced on Monday
Elim Dover held their first Membership Training on the evening of April 23rd, 2018. This training is the first training for all Dover Elim members with the heart and desire to serve God, our members, the church and our community with their prayers even though they are not in Elim ministry. This training will last 8 weeks and alternate on each Monday with Healing prayer meeting. Around 20 people attend this new event in Dover.
Pastor Hannah gave the first lecture of the membership Training, with the topic: "Spiritual Gift" based on 1 Corinthians 12:4-11.
4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
The lecture was divided into three parts: The introduction of spiritual gifts, the classification of spiritual gifts and what you should pay attention to when using the spiritual gifts.
Pastor Hannah first introduced what is the spiritual gifts: it's the gift from our God in heaven, which shows God's love towards us. Through this gift we can grow in spirit and serve others and church much better. Spiritual gifts are totally God's grace for us.
There are many gifts that God gives us: Tongues, Healing, Prophecy, Vision, and Dream and the Interpretation of Tongues.
As the Prayer Leaders and members, we must use the spiritual gift properly. First, we should know that only humble heart can get the spiritual gifts. When we use it, we should think to serve others. All are from God, not from human beings. Even the power of God is revealed when you pray for others with your gift, you should not be arrogant of what God has done through you. The prospective on the spiritual gift is very important to us.
Second, we should be united with church leaders and Elim well to get guidance if you have the spiritual gift, especially your spiritual gifts are not stable, or you cannot explain them when you use them, which is the wisdom for us.
In addition, there are some points that we should pay attention when we pray for others. We should keep some distance from the ones who receive prayers from us. If you are not familiar or have no relationship, or somebody doesn't like to be touched, especially the head, you should not touch their body when you pray for them.
The most important, we should know the Word of God deeply, actually all can be healed and restored by the Word of God. The spiritual gift is added. If you have no Word of God, the spiritual gift is useless, and it may make you fall. So, we must have the desire to know the Word of God deeply first, then we can use them properly.
After the lecture, Pastor Hannah led all the attendee to pray before God to let God give us wisdom to know the Spiritual gifts and use it properly to serve the church and community well.