Presentation on theme: "So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members,"— Presentation transcript:
So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. (1 Co 12:24-27)
He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. (Eph 4:16)
The Exhorter The exhorter looks forward - encourages others to look to the future, not to the past The exhorter has the God-given ability to encourage others The exhorter's lens causes him to see people as individuals rather than as parts of a larger group Has the ability to see answers in the Bible for life’s problems Exhorters have a desire to help people rise to new levels of spirituality
The Exhorter "hang in there: it will all work out“, “God isn't finished with you yet," "you are going to be a better person because of all this situation.“ “It’s gonna be all right.” Are statements of the Exhorter “Exhorters may even enjoy times of personal tribulation because they feel trials will produce in them higher levels of spirituality.“ Dr. Walston Motto: "that which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
The Exhorter Type: Barnabas Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet. (Ac 4:36-37). “ Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Heb 10:24-25)
The Exhorter Type: Barnabas Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement), 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet. (Ac 4:36-37). “ Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words.” (1 Th 4:17-18).
The Exhorter Pitfalls: Tend to be very dominant, appear to others as self acclaimed Know-it-alls Appear to be unsympathetic to people Are often seen as self-centered
The Giver Metadisomi = "to give, to share, to impart“ Motivated to give to God Givers also share a part of themselves. They give generously of their finances and material goods and in so doing they actually become partakers with the person or ministry to whom they give Motivational givers do not give and forget.
The Giver Givers share (rather than simply give it away) - like sharing the fire from a burning torch The giver seems to have some aspect of "ownership" in the ministry to which he or she gives “Givers generally have the ability to manage their own finances in such a way that they always seem to have enough for themselves and for others who may be in need" Dr. Walston
The Giver Type: the Philippian church, the Widow of Zarephath “Go at once to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have commanded a widow in that place to supply you with food.” (1 Kings 17:9) “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap" Luke 6:38. "Freely you have received, freely give" Matthew 10:8.
The Giver pitfalls: Are sometimes taken advantage of May be a soft touch May judge other Christians spirituality by their material assets and finances May perpetuate spiritual immaturity in others Becoming the source for other Christians-in-need instead of letting the person seek God for the answers
The Administrator proistemi= "to stand before" or "to lead“ Thinks from a managerial perspective Desires to coordinate people and activities – especially to a common goal Seeks to organize to produce the highest efficiency They are good at defining long-range goals and to relate them to others
The Administrator “If they have a desk, everything will be neatly in order; every paper clip, every rubber band, every pencil, etc., Will be in their proper places." – Dr. Walston
The Administrator Type: Joseph, Nehemiah “Diligent hands will rule" Proverbs 12:24. "Everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way“ 1 Corinthians 14:40
The Administrator pitfalls: Can be controlling of people and projects May not want, or be able, to delegate authority because they feel that they are the only ones capable of doing the job correctly. Overload themselves with work Can use people as "tools" with little or no regard for their emotions, to get the job accomplished
The Mercy-Shower Eleeo = to feel sympathy for or to feel the misery of others One who desires to comfort and help people who are in emotional distress To them, mercy is not only a feeling, but it is manifested outwardly in acts of mercy or sympathy Mercy-showers will avoid hurting someone's feelings, at almost any cost To the Mercy-shower, an other person’s emotional status is of paramount importance
The Mercy-Shower Mercy people desire to help those in emotional problems, servers desire to help those with physical problems A mercy person desires to relieve the hurting person’s misery as much as is possible “If their friends are happy, they will be happy with them. If their friends are sad, the person with Mercy will truly share in their sadness.“ Dr. Walston
The Mercy-Shower Type: Jesus "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy" Matthew 5:7. And concerning the mercy demonstrated by the good Samaritan Jesus said: "go and do likewise" Luke 10:37.
The Mercy-Shower pitfalls: Are often too emotionally focused at the expense of logic they identify with the needs of others so much that they began to lose contact with how they themselves feel Can be overly critical May see the prophet as unfeeling, unloving, and far too harsh Can be far too lenient with Christians in sin
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another (1 Pet 4:10)