Norman Edwards graduated from Ambassador College in 1978 and worked as a computer programmer/analyst for the Worldwide Church of God until 1992, where he implemented a computer-searchable Bible. He headed the computer department of the Global Church of God from its beginning in 1993 through 1994 and served on its board of directors and doctrinal committee.
In 1995, After months of Bible study, Norman wrote How Does the Eternal Govern Through Humans?, a 60-page paper expounding the spiritual gifts Christ used to govern the New Testament Church versus the humanly devised “church” denominations, hierarchies, ordinations, doctrinal statements, etc. Since that time, he has worked as an independent minister, raising his family from the provisions God made through hundreds of believers.
He published Servants’ News, an independent Bible Study Newsletter, from 1995 to 2010. In an effort to not only teach, but bring the love of God to others, he started and ran a homeless shelter ministry from 2010 to 2018 at Port Austin, Michigan, housing 639 people with an average stay of 93 days. Nearly all of his writings are still available at ServantsNews.com and CBTM.info.
Norman has been married to Marleen for 36 years, and they have four adult sons. They handed off the homeless ministry to a younger couple and moved to Nashville in 2018 to be near their eight grandchildren. They are semi-retired, but Norman hopes to continue teaching important Bible subjects through web sites and short YouTube videos.
Receiving Spiritual Gifts
Spiritual gifts are taught extensively in five chapters of the Bible—and there are hundreds of other verses which are examples of the use of these gifts. There are 22 gifts specifically mentioned, which can be divided into four categories of personal virtue gifts, miraculous gifts, education gifts and leadership gifts. These spiritual gifts are the biblical basis whereby Christ leads His church. We are commanded to pray for them. Yet believers more often talk about other things which have their place in the church, but are not specifically mentioned in the Bible: prayer lists, mission statements, doctrinal statements, activity schedules, etc.
This teaching expounds the vital scriptures on spiritual gifts and incorporates today’s experience with these gifts by the presenter as well as members of the audience through an interactive discussion.