“Quotes on Spiritual Gifting and Service”, Pastor Tom Holliday, APC sermon notes (Kingdom hearts, perspective, serving God)


Note to myself: This amazing sermon was given less than two months before the pandemic. The gifting from God was to equip each listener in future months. And in years to come. We learn that our lives are not about ourselves and we cannot control today or tomorrow. We can walk in the grace of God leaning on His Strength alone. We can become a people desperate for God, people that Pray and love with Kingdom Hearts. And surely- we need Church, all of our Churches everywhere!

Notes on Spiritual Gifting with Pastor Tom Holliday

(Alexandria Presbyterian Church) Sermon Quotes and Notes from Sunday 1.19.20, for a deeper dive, all sermons are on the Sermon Media Page.  

Welcome. These notes were written while listening so there may be some slight differences in the wording. I recommend the link at the end if you enjoy these quotes. I hear so many of the themes in the scripture.

The verses were identified throughout the sermon in addition to these quotes so that we could each make the connections to scripture. I was writing but my heart was sparkling with a big “yes, this is who we are, this is what I need to be reminded of, this is scripture –  and here are some quotes that wake my heart in a joyful way!”

Sermon, “Serving God and others with our Gifts” Pastor Tom Holliday

1 Peter 4:7-11 Scripture

The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

“Let your spiritual calling be the height of your future.

“Don’t judge your future by your past. Experience is not our barometer.”

“God says, show me what you are capable of.

“Get in the game. Make a difference in His Kingdom.”

“The verb is ‘receive’. We have received gifts from God. They are to be used for His Glory and with His Strength.”

“You will not, or may not see most of the fruits of your ministry in this life. If you need to see it in this life, if you are living for praise; if you need to be propped up; if you need it for your identity – you will suffer.”

“We are blessed so that we might be a blessing to others.”

“When we don’t use our Spiritual gifts, they atrophy just like muscles that are not used. Sometimes we need a spiritual surgery to save our hearts, to renew us and to give us “spiritual physical therapy” so that we are more able to serve God.”

“What is living in light of His Second Coming? Why must we be sober-minded? The Bridegroom is Coming. Your life is not about you, it is about His Glory.”

“We are all given spiritual gifts but the power and strength to serve are from God. We are the stewards of these gifts. As stewards, we will need to account for how these gifts have been spent. The gifts are spent only by God’s strength, not on our own. When we try to use our own strength we become stressed, depleted, discouraged.”

“Make your life count.”

“Pray. Make me desperate God. (for You) He will answer that prayer.”

“Love each other deeply. Constantly.”

Don’t be easily offended. Don’t be a baby Christian.”

“This is God’s Grace. He has forgiven you. God stretches our love. Have perspective. Have Kingdom Hearts.”


“Put down your scorecard and pick up your gifts.

“Kingdom Power comes from Kingdom Hearts.”

“Don’t say I can’t, say I won’t.”

The Body of Christian Service looks like Joseph and his coat of many colors. Play your position and play it well.”

“Ask God to give you Joy. Ask him to give you Peace. Ask, the Power of the Holy Spirit.”


( This Sermon was on 1//19/20. If you would like to hear more go to Alexandria Presbyterian Church Sermon Archives),

After the sermon ended we stood up and sang one of my favorite songs — (Take my Life and make it Yours…)

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