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  • Embracing Gifts & Vocation
  • What ARE Spiritual Gifts?
    Spiritual gifts answer the question, “How will I make a difference in the lives of others?”
    • They clarify how God wants Church to function.
    • They clarify our role within the Church.
    • They inform us of what God wants us to do.
    • They enable us as Christ’s hands and voice.
    • They help us be accountable for our stewardship.
  • Matthew 25:14-30
    “To all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance.”
  • Purposes of Spiritual Gifts
    • Not for personal benefit.
    • For the glory of God.
    • To build up the body of Christ.
  • Benefits of Knowing & Using Our Spiritual Gifts
    Personal
    A better understanding of God’s purpose for your life.
    A growing, maturing relationship with God.
    A more effective and fulfilling ministry.
  • Benefits of Knowing & Using Our Spiritual Gifts
    Congregational & Denominational
    More effective ministries.
    Spiritual growth.
    People coming together as the body of Christ.
  • Benefits of Knowing & Using Our Spiritual Gifts
    The Kingdom
    Glorifying God.
    Building up the body of Christ.
    Fulfilling God’s plan for his creation.
  • Spiritual Gifts & the Bible
    “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
    2 Peter 3:18
  • Spiritual Gifts & the Bible
    New Testament References
    1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 25-13:1 “There are different kinds of gifts but the same Spirit.”
    Romans 12:4-8 “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.”
    Ephesians 4:11-12 “…to prepare God's people for works of service…”
    1 Peter 4:10-11 “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others.”
  • UnwrappingOur Spiritual Gifts
    Administration
    Counseling
    Craftsmanship
    Encouragement
    Giving
    Healing
    Hospitality
    Leadership
    Mercy
    Pastor/Teacher
    Peacemaking
    Prayer/Intercession
    Serving
    Wisdom, Knowledge
  • ImplementingSpiritual Gifts
    Readiness for Change: “True or False?”
    Answer Sheet for Readiness for Change Assessment
  • “Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering.”
    Romans 12:1
  • Organize CongregationsAround Giftedness
    There is no resentment in acting on Spiritual Gifts. We are serving God by acting on the gifts He has blessed us with.
    It improves congregations’ spirit.
    It eliminates “burn-out.”
    • Energy is a function of desire.
    • We find time for the things we enjoy.
  • Change
  • Knowing It’s Time To Change
    e.g., St. John American, Cedar Falls, IA
  • Finding Spiritual Gifts
    Discover who you are!
  • Finding Spiritual Gifts
    Spiritual Gifts Inventory
    Spiritual Gifts Scores
    Summary of Spiritual Gifts
    We do not choose which gifts we receive.
  • Using Spiritual Gifts
    Your gifts are with you always!
    Use them…
    at home with your family.
    to strengthen your personal and spiritual relationships.
    at work with colleagues.
    within your community.
  • Promised Resultsof Spiritual Gifts
    God’s love
    God’s joy
    God’s peace
    God’s goodness and kindness
    God’s gentleness
    God’s faithfulness and confidence
    God’s patience and self-control
  • Your Journeywith Spiritual Gifts
    What are your personal reflections on your Spiritual Gifts?
    How do you plan to use your Spiritual Gifts?
    What are you most thankful for in terms of your Spiritual Gifts?
  • Embracing Gifts & Vocation