Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Life: Section 31


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Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Life: Section 31

  1. 1. Understanding your Shape Section 31: pages 241 - 248 Friday 12 November 2010
  2. 2. Only you can be you Friday 12 November 2010
  3. 3. Friday 12 November 2010
  4. 4. SHAPE: applying your ABILITIES You have natural abilities - those you were born with Ex 31“...I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills...crafts...have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, to help him.Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you: Friday 12 November 2010
  5. 5. All of our abilities come from God Rom 12:6 God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. Therefore natural abilities are as important as ‘spiritual’ abilities - the difference being that they came at birth. Studies show the average person possesses 500-700 different skills and abilities, some being less obvious than others: you can smell 10,000 different odours, your mind can make 15,000 decisions / second... Friday 12 November 2010
  6. 6. Every ability can be used for God’s glory 1 Cor 10:31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Examples of abilities God uses for his glory: Artistic ability, architectural ability, baking, boat making, debating, designing, gardening, leading, managing, farming, fishing, carpentry, tailoring, writing - and even teaching. God has a special place in his church where you can make a difference - it is up to you to find that place. Friday 12 November 2010
  7. 7. God gives some people an ability to make a lot of money. If that is you how should you use that gift for God’s glory? Dt 10:18 But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth 1. Realise it is a God given gift - give the glory to him. 2. Use it to serve the need of others and remember to share your faith. 3. Return at least 10% to God as an act of worship. 4. Make sure you build the KOG not your wealth. Friday 12 November 2010
  8. 8. What I’m able to do, God wants me to do You are the only person able to do your role - you have your own unique abilities Heb 13:20-21 Now may the God of peace...equip you with everything good for doing his will... What are you good at doing? Friday 12 November 2010
  9. 9. Strengths are a good indicator of what God wants you to do with your life. God doesn’t waste abilities; he matches our calling and our capabilities. 1 Pet 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. At Warren’s church people are told, “whatever you are good at, you should be doing for church” Friday 12 November 2010
  10. 10. SHAPE: using your PERSONALITY The possibility of someone having the same DNA as you is: 10 to the 2,400,000, 000th power - a number you would need a piece of paper 37,000 miles long to write out! There has never, nor ever will, be anyone like you. Friday 12 November 2010
  11. 11. God loves variety in people - introverts, extroverts, people who love variety and who love routine, thinkers and feelers, team workers or solo workers. The 12 disciples had differing personalities - and personally we see this often in interpersonal conflicts - fortunately in God there is no right or wrong person, in terms of temperament, for his work Friday 12 November 2010
  12. 12. A God given gift will be expressed differently by two different people with contrasting personalities - one is not wrong or right, they are just different. If you have to work in a way that doesn’t suit your temperament then you will feel uncomfortable, have to give more effort and probably not get the best results. Don’t copy other people - learn from them and apply it to your shape. Friday 12 November 2010
  13. 13. Personality types Warren describes Peter as sanguine, Paul a choleric and Jeremiah as melancholy There are many ways of describing personality types and the classical 4 temperament types are defined below as extracted fromWikipedia. I have used the Myers Briggs Personality type indicator an found it useful - free versions which take a while to complete, are available online. Beware here, such tools can ‘box’ people in if not used wisely and recognized as simply aids not definitive in their results. Friday 12 November 2010
  14. 14. The Sanguine temperament personality is fairly extroverted. People of a sanguine temperament tend to enjoy social gatherings, making new friends and tend to be quite loud.They are usually quite creative and often daydream. However, some alone time is crucial for those of this temperament. Sanguine can also mean very sensitive, compassionate and thoughtful. Sanguine personalities generally struggle with following tasks all the way through, are chronically late, and tend to be forgetful and sometimes a little sarcastic. Often, when pursuing a new hobby, interest is lost quickly when it ceases to be engaging or fun.They are very much people persons.They are talkative and not shy. For some people, these are the ones you want to be friends with and usually they become life long friends. Friday 12 November 2010
  15. 15. Choleric A person who is choleric is a do-er.They have a lot of ambition, energy, and passion, and try to instill it in others. They can dominate people of other temperaments, especially phlegmatic types. Many great charismatic military and political figures were cholerics.They like to be leaders and in charge of everything. Friday 12 November 2010
  16. 16. Melancholic A person who is a thoughtful ponderer has a melancholic disposition. Often very considerate and get rather worried when they could not be on time for events, melancholics can be highly creative in activities such as poetry and art - and can become occupied with the tragedy and cruelty in the world.A melancholic is also often a perfectionist.They are often self- reliant and independent; one negative part of being a melancholic is sometimes they can get so involved in what they are doing they forget to think of others. Friday 12 November 2010
  17. 17. Phlegmatic Phlegmatics tend to be self-content and kind. They can be very accepting and affectionate. They may be very receptive and shy and often prefer stability to uncertainty and change.They are very consistent, relaxed, rational, curious, and observant, making them good administrators and astronauts. Friday 12 November 2010
  18. 18. SHAPE: employing your EXPERIENCES Experiences shape your life - through God using them, he moulds you. Family - what did you learn growing up as part of your family? Education - favourite subjects? Vocation - what jobs have you been good at, what did you enjoy most? Friday 12 November 2010
  19. 19. Spiritual - what have been your most meaningful times with God? Ministry - have you served God, what ‘affected’ you in that? Painful - hurts, trials come along our path God often uses painful experiences in preparing us for ministry - “God never wastes a hurt” - your pain can be used in many ways by God. Friday 12 November 2010
  20. 20. 2 Cor 1:4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. “The experiences you have resented or regretted most in life...are the experiences God wants to use to help others” Warren page 247 People are more encouraged when we share our weaknesses than brag about our strengths. Friday 12 November 2010
  21. 21. 2 Cor 1:8-10 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters,about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia.We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us... Paul sharing his depression and doubt - so you might be encouraged Friday 12 November 2010
  22. 22. Point to ponder Nobody else can be me Friday 12 November 2010
  23. 23. Point to ponder 1 Peter 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. Friday 12 November 2010
  24. 24. Question to consider What God given ability or personal experience can I offer to my church? Friday 12 November 2010