1. Understanding your Gifts.
a) We all have gifts and your gift has a purpose.
b) Your gift is unique.
c) Your gift must be used in faith.
2. Share your Gifts.
a) Start prioritizing others.
b) Radically commit to deep community.
c) Make a daily decision to give yourself away.
Questions for further thought or discussion:
- Why is it important to deeply examine your faith before considering the Bible’s teaching on life in community? How does baptism relate to life in community?
- Where did your gifts come from? What is their purpose?
- What types of words describe the way in which you should use your gifts?
- Why is your commitment to the church family so important when it comes to sharing your gifts?
Lord, draw us into deep community so that we can effectively use our gifts to encourage and strengthen the church family.
3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.