2“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing;now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?I will make a way in the wildernessand rivers in the desert.(Isaiah 43:18-19, ESV)
3GIFTED SERIESSunday Series: Gifted LikeHome Group: G.I.F.T. ExplorationChristian Education: Family is a gift
4“fervent faith cannot compensate for a distant dad”
5For by grace you have been saved through faith For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.(Ephesians 2:8-10, ESV)
81 Sam 17:38-50Then Saul clothed David with his armor. He put a helmet of bronze on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail, and David strapped his sword over his armor. And he tried in vain to go, for he had not tested them. Then David said to Saul, “I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them.” So David put them off. Then he took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd's pouch.
9His sling was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine His sling was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine ... Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head
10And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hand.”
11When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.
12So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David.(1 Samuel 17:38-50, ESV)
13WHEN YOU HAVE FIVE STONES (don’t despise the gift that God has given you)
14Then another came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief; for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ He said to him, ‘I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant!
15You knew that I was a severe man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? Why then did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’ And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’(Luke 19:20-24, ESV)
16WHEN YOU HAVE FIVE STONES (don’t despise the gift that God has given you)
17WHEN YOU WANT SOMEONE ELSE’S WIFE (don’t chase something other than what God has given to you)
18In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle … David remained at Jerusalem. It happened, late one afternoon … that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?”(2 Samuel 11:1-3, ESV)
19WHEN YOU WANT SOMEONE ELSE’S WIFE (don’t chase something other than what God has given to you)
20(power is for flourishing) WHEN YOU ARE POWERFUL(power is for flourishing)
21Power is the ability to make something (shape) of the world
22“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power absolutely” Lord Acton
23Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. (John 13:3-5, ESV)
24You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. (John 13:13-15, ESV)
25(salvation, being reunited with God … that is your most powerful gift) WHEN YOU ARE POWERLESS(salvation, being reunited with God … that is your most powerful gift)
26For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.For they have no pangs until death;their bodies are fat and sleek.They are not in trouble as others are;they are not stricken like the rest of mankind.Therefore pride is their necklace;violence covers them as a garment.Their eyes swell out through fatness;their hearts overflow with follies. (Psalm 73:3-7, ESV)
27Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.My flesh and my heart may fail,but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.For behold, those who are far from you shall perish;you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.But for me it is good to be near God;I have made the Lord God my refuge,that I may tell of all your works. (Psalm 73:25-28, ESV)
28Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,my salvation and my God.(Psalm 42, ESV)
30We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.CS Lewis
31For by grace we have been saved through faith For by grace we have been saved through faith. And this is not our own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.(Ephesians 2:8-10, ESV)
32What will you do with the gifts that God has given you?