3SEMINAR TOPICS Sunday, January 31, 2010 Understanding and Discovering Your Spiritual GiftSession One: Explaining the GiftsSession Two: Exploring the ScripturesSession Three: Discovering Your GiftSunday, February 7, 2010Using Your Gift to Strengthen and Grow the BodySession Four: Identifying Your Place in the Body Session Five: Mobilizing the Membership Session Six: Focus on Your Strengths
5SPIRITUAL GIFTS ARE IMPORTANT “Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant.” I Corinthians 12:1“No local congregation will be what it should be, what Jesus prayed that it should be, what the Holy Spirit gifted it and empowered it to be until it understands spiritual gifts.” John McArthur
6FOUR THINGS TODAY’S SPIRITUAL GIFTS ARE NOT They are not natural talents Judges 20:16They are not spiritual fruit Galatians 5:22-23They are not ministry roles Philippians 1:1They are not miraculous gifts Corinthians 12:28-30
8DIFFERENT KINDS OF GIFTS I Corinthians 12:4-6 FOUNDATION GIFTSSIGN GIFTSSERVING GIFTS
9THE FOUNDATION GIFTSApostles and Prophets Ephesians 2:19-20 , I Corinthians 12:28-30, Ephesians 4:11The Purpose of these Gifts John 16:13, I Corinthians 2:6-13, Ephesians 3:2-6
10We are still building on the foundation of the apostles and prophets as we preach the gospel they revealed, spoke and wrote down in the first century.
11THE SIGN GIFTSThe supernatural ability to circumvent the normal process of nature in order to accomplish a divine purpose.Examples are miracles, tongues, healing, and raising the dead.
12A SIGN IS OFFERED AS PROOF Essential in confirming the foundational work of Jesus and His apostles and prophets John 20:30-31, Hebrews 2:2-4The purpose is seen in their use Mark 16:16-20, Acts 5: I Corinthians 14:21-22
13When their confirming work was accomplished, sign gifts, like foundation gifts, became a part of the history of the church.
14THE SERVING GIFTS Serving gifts are to enable the body of Christ to build itself up in order to fulfill its redemptive purpose. Ephesians 4:11-16
15The list of serving gifts is as long as the needs in the body and the community Partial lists can be seen in: Romans 12:4-8, Ephesians 4:11
16In this seminar we will focus on 10 spiritual “gifts” or “passions” Administrator – Passion for visionary leadershipEncourager - Passion for positive motivationSoul-winner - Passion for seeking lost/sharing the gospelGiver - Passion for generosity with physical blessingsShepherd – Passion for spiritual nurturingMercy-shower – Passion for caring for those in distressMissionary – Passion for planting and pioneeringProclaimer – Passion for telling truth and confronting sinServant – Passion for meeting everyday needsTeacher – Passion for study and sharing knowledge
22Two Greek Words for “Gift” DORON: The normal word for “gift,” meaning an offering or present given to a person or to God. Lk.21:1, Eph.2:8, Matt.8:4CHARISMA: From the same root word as “grace;” it is a spiritual endowment or benefit graciously given by God. This is the word for spiritual gift. 2 Tim. 1:6, Rom.6:23
23Four Scriptures Reveal 90% of Biblical Information on Spiritual Gifts Romans 12 I Corinthians 12 Ephesians 4 I Peter 4
24Let the Bible SpeakEveryone’s “gift” belongs to the whole Body. “For Just as each of us has one body with many members and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to us.” Rom.12:4-6
25Let the Bible Speak Everyone’s “gift” belongs to the whole Body. Everyone’s “gift” is equally important “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ…The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem weaker are indispensible….” I Cor. 12:12,21-22
26Let the Bible Speak Everyone’s “gift” belongs to the whole Body. Everyone’s “gift” is equally important.Everyone’s “gift” is to equip the body “It was he who gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up….” Eph.4:11-12
27Let the Bible Speak Everyone’s “gift” belongs to the Body. Everyone’s “gift” is equally important.Everyone’s “gift” is to equip the body.Everyone’s “gift” is used to serve others. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” I Pet.4:10
28The Rewards of Using Your Gift Lifting the burden of guilt at not being able to do everythingEnjoyment of doing what you like and do bestSatisfaction of knowing that your ministry pleases God
29they can be used to help or hurt or not used at all. Gifts are like money…they can be used to help or hurt or not used at all.
33In this seminar we will focus on 10 spiritual “gifts” or “passions” Administrator – Passion for visionary leadershipEncourager - Passion for positive motivationSoul-winner - Passion for seeking lost/sharing the gospelGiver - Passion for generosity with physical blessingsShepherd – Passion for spiritual nurturingMercy-shower – Passion for caring for those in distressMissionary – Passion for planting and pioneeringProclaimer – Passion for telling truth and confronting sinServant – Passion for meeting everyday needsTeacher – Passion for study and sharing knowledge
34SELF-DISCOVERY YOUR GIFT IS PART OF WHO YOU ARE Your gift cannot be isolated in a test-tubeRelationship to God and others will determine your giftFive principles to help in discovery
35EXAMINE YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO GOD Gratitude for grace and salvation Ephesians 2:8-10Barriers, sins, attitude problems short-circuit the processExplore gifts that draw you closer to God
36LIST GOALS AND DREAMS FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD What did Paul’s ambition reveal about his gift? Romans 15:20What would you most like to do for God? “This one thing I do…” Philippians 3:13If God works in you the “will” He is able to endow the gift to do it, within the framework of His will. Philippians 2:13
37EXPLORE NEEDS OF THE LOCAL CHURCH FAMILY Most gifts are used in the context of the local church Ephesians 4:16List the needs in your local congregation that are not being filledNow list the gifts needed to fill those needs
38REVIEW YOUR PAST MINISTRY EXPERIENCE Not a conclusive test – you may have suppressed your gift II Timothy 1:6List five things you have done to serve God and rate the success and personal satisfaction of those efforts
39SEEK FEEDBACK FROM OTHER CHRISTIANS Consider the “shoulder tapping,” sincere compliments and appeals for help from othersList the positive input about your service and the gifts that are indicated
40CONCLUSIONThe goal of gift discovery is effective ministry rather than mere knowledge of yourselfDiscovering ones gift brings the responsibility to use itRead Colossians 4:17
41Administrator __________ Encourager __________ Evangelist __________ Rate your gift on a scale of 1 to 10. If one of the gifts really describes you, then give it a 9 or 10. If it does not describe you at all, then rate it 1 or 2. If not sure, give it a 4-6.Administrator __________Encourager __________Evangelist __________Giver __________Shepherd __________Mercy giver __________Missionary __________Prophet __________Servant __________Teacher __________
42Top three point totals: Lowest two point totals: 1. Gift: ______________________________ Points: __________2. Gift: ______________________________ Points: __________3. Gift: ______________________________ Points: __________Lowest two point totals:
45SESSION FOUR Identifying Your Place in the Body COMPLETE THE GIFT INVENTORY
46In this seminar we will focus on 10 spiritual “gifts” or “passions” Administrator – Passion for visionary leadershipEncourager - Passion for positive motivationSoul-winner - Passion for seeking lost/sharing the gospelGiver - Passion for generosity with physical blessingsShepherd – Passion for spiritual nurturingMercy-shower – Passion for caring for those in distressMissionary – Passion for planting and pioneeringProclaimer – Passion for telling truth and confronting sinServant – Passion for meeting everyday needsTeacher – Passion for study and sharing knowledge
47Respond to each of the 80 questions with the number which best describes you 0 = NEVER – “This does not describe me at all.”1 = SOMETIMES – “This could describe me occasionally, but is generally not true.”2 = NOT SURE – “I don’t know if this describes me or not; I can’t decide.”3 = OFTEN – “This could describe me the majority of the time, but there are times when it doesn’t.”4 = ALWAYS – “This absolutely describes me; this is who I am.”Don’t agonize over the questions. Your first impression is probably correct. It should take no more than 10 to 15 minutes.
48Scoring your questionnaire Write the number you assigned to each question in the space indicated for that question.Add up all of your numbers in each category and put the total in the space provided.Write in the “gifts” with the three highest and the two lowest scores to discover your primary “gift” passion and preference.
49Now compare your results with your “self analysis” and “third-party analysis.” How close were the results?
50REPORT FOR MY SHEPHERDS My Top Three Gifts: _________________________________________________Where I am using my gifts now:Current ministries where I could use my gifts:New ministries where I could use my gifts:
55MOBILIZING THE MEMBERSHIP Moving from Maintenance to MinistryTypically only a small percentage of members use their gift in ministryThe percentage decreases as church membership increasesOne church of 450 members identified 17 jobs
56READ I CORINTHIANS 12:31 – 14:1Gifts are like money – they can be used to help or hurt or not used at allLove is the “most excellent way” to use gifts (12:31)The desire for specific gifts must be tempered by love (14:1)
57AN ANALYSIS OF CHAPTER 13 Gifts are empty without love v. 1-3 The loving attitudes for the proper use of gifts v. 4-7Love endures when gifts fail v. 8-13
58THE PARTNERSHIP OF LOVE AND SPIRITUAL GIFTS Love and Knowledge I Corinthians 8:1, Ephesians 4:15Love and Unity Romans 12:4-10Love and Zeal II Timothy 1:6-7
59LOVE + SPIRITUAL GIFTS = MATURITY AND GROWTH IN THE BODY OF CHRIST I John 4:7-12
60THE RESPONSIBILITY OF GIFTS DISCOVERYDEPLOYMENTDEVELOPMENT
61YOUR GIFT IS UNDER YOUR CONTROL Your gift is a capacity to serve. It is God making an opportunity available and influencing you to use it.How you use your gift is under your control (I Corinthians 14:32)You can neglect your gift or use it to the glory of God
62The local body will become healthier WHEN YOU ARE SERVING IN THE AREA OF YOUR GIFTEDNESS, THREE THINGS WILL HAPPENGod will be glorifiedThe local body will become healthierYour life will be enriched
63Using your gifts in ministry can help to bring back the joy of serving.
64Paul’s charge to a tired and discouraged fellow worker: “ For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” II Tim.1:6-7
68SESSION SIX FOCUS ON YOUR STRENGTHS DISCOVER THE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF YOUR GIFT
69We will look for 4 Things regarding the stewardship of our gift: A basic description of the giftStrengths: dominate when one is matureWeaknesses: dominate when one is immatureHow to use the gift in serving the Lord
70THE MISSIONARY: The person who plants the cause of Christ or pioneers new works STRENGTHSVisionCourageAdaptabilitySacrificialIndependentConfidentPromotionalResult-orientedWEAKNESSESUnrealisticSelf-reliantDemandingUnsympatheticLonerProudCompetitiveUnspiritual
71Using the Missionary Gift Visit a missionaryTake a foreign or domestic mission trip.Be active in “local missions” at home.Serve on the missions committeeGet involved in WBS, WEI, LST or othersServe in an inner city ministryAttend SIBI and become and get the training for full time mission work.
72THE SOUL-WINNER: One who loves to seek the lost and share the gospel with them STRENGTHSOutgoingPeople personVerbalRedemptivePassionateFocusedMotivatedConfidentWEAKNESSESOverbearingUndisciplinedNot a listenerNot pastoralImpulsiveIntolerantCriticalEnjoys attention
73Using the Soul-winner Gift Visit hospitals, nursing homes and shut- ins and read scriptures or pass out tractsUse correspondence courses for people in your communityVisit those who visit your congregationSet up studies with your neighborsJoin evangelistic campaign groups
74THE PROCLAIMER: The firebrand who points out sin and calls people to repentance STRENGTHSObjectiveConvictedDecisiveDisciplinedAuthoritativeArticulateLogicalGoal-orientedWEAKNESSESUnkindAngryImpatientJudgmentalSelf-righteousNegativeUnsympatheticDisorganized
75Using the Proclaimer Gift Begin a new convert’s class or females can teach a ladies’ classGive a “communion talk” or Wednesday night devotionalPreach at a nursing home or prisonBegin a home group for younger ChristiansBegin a “Sunset Satellite School”Attend SIBI and become a preacher or study in the women’s ministry
76THE TEACHER: The Bible scholar who makes clear the doctrine and teaching of God’s word STRENGTHSKnowledgeableStudiousThoroughCreativeOrganizedPreciseSelf-disciplinedAnalyticalWEAKNESSESProudAloofTechnicalIndependentRigidTrivialCriticalImpractical
77Using the Teacher GiftDevelop regular Bible study and scripture memory regimenEnroll in correspondence or internet studiesVolunteer to teach in your local congregationAttend seminars and workshopsRead good books and materials on teaching methods
78THE EXHORTER: The practical motivator who urges others to a course of action STRENGTHSPracticalPersuasiveCreativeSympatheticDemonstrativeOptimisticEnthusiasticMotivatingWEAKNESSESShallowPushyChangeableTolerantShow offSimplisticImpulsiveDiscouragement
79Using the Exhorter Gift Write notes and cards of encouragement to othersTake small gifts to hospitals, nursing homes, shut –ins and church visitorsHave members in your home for a mealVisit those who are weak or have dropped out of churchServe as a greeterTeam up with a soul-winner
80THE SHEPHERD: The nurturer who leads, feeds and cares for the needs of God’s people STRENGTHSPatientPersonableResponsibleCaringPeacemakerSacrificialFaithfulCompetentWEAKNESSESTolerantCharismaticPrideProtectiveCompromiseBitterWorkaholicSelf-reliant
81Using the Shepherd Gift Develop a “mentoring group”Attend leadership workshops and read good leadership booksTeach a “new members” class on spiritual disciplinesBecome an “accountability partner”Become an “involvement” resource for new or weak ChristiansTeam up with an experienced Shepherd
82THE MERCY-SHOWER: The one who identifies with and cares for those in distress STRENGTHSSensitiveSympatheticCaringExpressiveAcceptingPatientPeaceableWEAKNESSESSubjectiveResentfulImpulsiveInsecureCompromisingDepressedPessimistic
83Using the Mercy-Shower Gift Write letters to soldiers and prisonersVisit the sick, shut-in, and bereavedBegin a grief recovery ministryVolunteer in a nursing home, unwed mother’s or battered wive’s homeSeek out the lonely and outcast membersBegin a “recovery ministry” for addicts
84THE SERVER: The humble servant who meets the practical needs of fellow Christians and the Church STRENGTHSSkilledResponsiveTask-orientedLoyalMethodicalHumbleLikeablePatientWEAKNESSESUnspiritualOver-committedInconsistentDependentSlowLow self-imageSoftIndecisive
85Using the Server GiftUse your “profession” or “trade” to help members or around the church buildingPrepare meals for a shut-in or the sickServe in a “food pantry” or “clothing” ministry at the churchHelp in the church office with bulletins or publicationsDrive a van or car to pick up people for churchAsk the church leaders what needs you can help to fill
86THE GIVER: The generous donor who meets the financial needs of people and ministries for God’s work STRENGTHSMotivatedOrganizedHelpfulDisciplinedGenerousConscientiousPositiveDecisiveWEAKNESSESResults orientedMaterialisticControllingDemandingCriticalJudgmentalIdealisticProject focus
87Using the Giver Gift Serve on the finance ministry of your church Give a liberal percentage in the Sunday offeringFind worthwhile ministry causes and support them liberallyServe on Board and Development groups for brotherhood ministriesGive anonymous, surprise gifts to missionaries and good ministriesMake a good estate plan (wills, trusts, etc) and keep giving after your death
88THE ADMINISTRATOR: The visionary leader of a group or church STRENGTHSTask-orientedEfficientIndividualisticIngeniousStrongVisionaryGoal-mindedMethodicalWEAKNESSESCarnalMaterialisticIsolatedArrogantSelf-reliantNot detailedImpracticalInflexible
89Using the Administrator Gift Serve on the vision and direction committee for the church or some ministryBe the chairperson of a committee or Deacon ministryOrganize the “ministry system” of the congregationResearch the demographics of the community and develop an outreach planDevelop a plan for involving every member in the area of their giftedness.