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1 Are You Using Your S.H.A.P.E.? Romans 12:3-8

2 3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. 4 For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; 7 if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; 8 or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

3 Act of Worship Romans 12:1-2 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

4 “This passage utterly destroys the notion that a Christian can be committed to Christ but be inactive in His service, that he can love the Lord but not obey the Lord, that he can be surrendered to the Lord but not minister for the Lord. True worship cannot be divorced from service.” “This passage utterly destroys the notion that a Christian can be committed to Christ but be inactive in His service, that he can love the Lord but not obey the Lord, that he can be surrendered to the Lord but not minister for the Lord. True worship cannot be divorced from service.” – John MacArthur

5 Includes Everyone Romans 12:3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. Romans 12:3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.

6 1. We Need Each Other Romans 12:3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. Romans 12:3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.

7 We Need to Change Our Thinking By not thinking highly of ourselves By not thinking highly of ourselves – Romans 12:3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.

8 We Need to Change Our Thinking By thinking with sound judgment By thinking with sound judgment – Romans 12:3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.

9 Three Perspectives to have in order to think with Sound Judgment 1.I am made in God’s image 2.I am filled with the Spirit of God 3.I am part of God’s plan

10 We Need to Change Our Thinking By thinking according to the measure of faith God has given us. By thinking according to the measure of faith God has given us. – Romans 12:3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.

11 2. We Are One Body in Christ Romans 12:4-5 For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Romans 12:4-5 For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

12 One Body with Many Members

13 1 Corinthians 12: For the body is not one member, but many. 15 If the foot says, "Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body," it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, "Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body," it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. 19 If they were all one member, where would the body be? 20 But now there are many members, but one body 1 Corinthians 12: For the body is not one member, but many. 15 If the foot says, "Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body," it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, "Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body," it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. 19 If they were all one member, where would the body be? 20 But now there are many members, but one body One Body with Many Members

14 The Members Have Different Functions

15 3. We Are All Gifted Differently Romans 12:6-8 6 Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; 7 if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; 8 or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Romans 12:6-8 6 Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; 7 if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; 8 or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

16 SHAPE S piritual Gifts H eart A bilities P ersonality E xperience S piritual Gifts H eart A bilities P ersonality E xperience

17 Spiritual Gifts A God-given special ability, given to every believer at conversion by the Holy Spirit, to share His love and strengthen the body of Christ

18 Heart Your heart represents the source of all your motivations – What you are most passionate about Your heart represents the source of all your motivations – What you are most passionate about

19 Abilities The natural talents you were born with

20 Personality The complex of all the attributes--behavioral, temperamental, emotional and mental--that characterize a unique individual

21 Experience The things which we have gone through in our lives. – Family – Education – Work – Ministry – Spiritual The things which we have gone through in our lives. – Family – Education – Work – Ministry – Spiritual

22 SHAPE S piritual Gifts H eart A bilities P ersonality E xperience S piritual Gifts H eart A bilities P ersonality E xperience

23 How to Discover Your Spiritual Gift 1. Present yourself as a living sacrifice 2. Recognize that all believers are gifted 3. Pray for wisdom 4. Examine your heart’s desire 5. Seek confirmation 6. Look for the blessing of God 7. Wholeheartedly serve Him 8. Cultivate your gift as it becomes obvious


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