WEEK OF 5/12/19
What’s your favorite superhero?
Our pastors have emphasized that spiritual gifts are not super powers. They’re gifts to equip the saints for ministry.
Read 1 Corinthians 12:14-31
14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it,25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.
Why do you think it’s sometimes difficult to connect with your church family?
Who are some people that you know who serve sacrificially in the church but may sometimes go unnoticed? (Maybe send them a card or text with encouragement.)
Better than most online spiritual gift assessments is a conversation with people who know you.
Read Ephesians 4:11-14
11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
The five areas of gifting listed in Ephesians 4 may help you understand how God has gifted you. Which do you see as your strongest area? Weakest?
Apostolicity - the word ‘apostle’ means sent one. Apostolic people are gifted at starting new things and generally being pioneers in ministry. They like starting new ministries, new groups, and new churches.
Prophecy - folks with a prophetic gifting are very discerning. They are comfortable with and are good at giving direction as well as casting vision / leading.
Evangelism - the most notable characteristic of these individuals is that they are winsome. They long to win others to Christ and are very good at getting others on board with the mission.
Shepherding - these people are characterized by a sense of caring and an ability to nurture. They are good listeners and thrive in relational ministry, getting to know people on a personal level.
Teaching - those gifted with teaching ability are continual learners and good conveyors of knowledge. They love the truth and want to teach it to others.