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2 By Truitt Adair

3 SEMINAR TOPICS Sunday, January 31, 2010 Understanding and Discovering Your Spiritual Gift Session One: Explaining the Gifts Session Two: Exploring the Scriptures Session Three: Discovering Your Gift Sunday, February 7, 2010 Using Your Gift to Strengthen and Grow the Body Session Four: Identifying Your Place in the Body Session Five: Mobilizing the Membership Session Six: Focus on Your Strengths

4 Session One EXPLAINING SPIRITUAL GIFTS

5 SPIRITUAL 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

6 FOUR THINGS TODAY’S SPIRITUAL GIFTS ARE NOT They are not natural talents Judges 20:16 They are not spiritual fruit Galatians 5:22-23 They are not ministry roles Philippians 1:1 They are not miraculous gifts 1 Corinthians 12:28-30

7 A GIFT LIST Romans 12:6-8 – prophesying, serving, teaching, encouraging, contributing, leadership, mercy-showing I Corinthians 12:8-10 – wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, Prophecy, distinguishing spirits, tongues, interpretation. I Corinthians 12:28-30 – apostles, prophets, teachers, miracle workers, healing, helpers, administrators, tongues Ephesians 4:11 - apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors (shepherds), teachers 1 Peter 4:11 – speaking, serving

8 DIFFERENT KINDS OF GIFTS I Corinthians 12:4-6 FOUNDATION GIFTS SIGN GIFTS SERVING GIFTS

9 THE FOUNDATION GIFTS Apostles and Prophets Ephesians 2:19-20, I Corinthians 12:28-30, Ephesians 4:11 The Purpose of these Gifts John 16:13, I Corinthians 2:6-13, Ephesians 3:2-6

10 We 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.

11 THE SIGN GIFTS The 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.

12 A SIGN IS OFFERED AS PROOF Essential in confirming the foundational work of Jesus and His apostles and prophets John 20:30-31, Hebrews 2:2-4 The purpose is seen in their use Mark 16:16-20, Acts 5:12-16 I Corinthians 14:21-22

13 When their confirming work was accomplished, sign gifts, like foundation gifts, became a part of the history of the church.

14 THE 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

15 The 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

16 In this seminar we will focus on 10 spiritual “gifts” or “passions” Administrator – Passion for visionary leadership Encourager - Passion for positive motivation Soul-winner - Passion for seeking lost/sharing the gospel Giver - Passion for generosity with physical blessings Shepherd – Passion for spiritual nurturing Mercy-shower – Passion for caring for those in distress Missionary – Passion for planting and pioneering Proclaimer – Passion for telling truth and confronting sin Servant – Passion for meeting everyday needs Teacher – Passion for study and sharing knowledge

17 GIFT ORIENTATION Verbal Gifts Proclaimer Missionary Teacher Soul-winner Non Verbal Gifts Servant Mercy-shower Encourager Giver Both Shepherd Administrator

18 GIFTS ARE FOR SERVING “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” I Peter 4:10

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20 By Truitt Adair

21 Session Two Exploring the Scriptures

22 Two 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.8:4 CHARISMA: 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

23 Four Scriptures Reveal 90% of Biblical Information on Spiritual Gifts Four Scriptures Reveal 90% of Biblical Information on Spiritual Gifts Romans 12 I Corinthians 12 Ephesians 4 I Peter 4

24 Let the Bible Speak Everyone’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

25 Let 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

26 Let 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

27 Let 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

28 The Rewards of Using Your Gift Lifting the burden of guilt at not being able to do everything Enjoyment of doing what you like and do best Satisfaction of knowing that your ministry pleases God

29 Gifts are like money… they can be used to help or hurt or not used at all. they can be used to help or hurt or not used at all.

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31 By Truitt Adair

32 Session Three KEYS TO GIFT DISCOVERY

33 In this seminar we will focus on 10 spiritual “gifts” or “passions” Administrator – Passion for visionary leadership Encourager - Passion for positive motivation Soul-winner - Passion for seeking lost/sharing the gospel Giver - Passion for generosity with physical blessings Shepherd – Passion for spiritual nurturing Mercy-shower – Passion for caring for those in distress Missionary – Passion for planting and pioneering Proclaimer – Passion for telling truth and confronting sin Servant – Passion for meeting everyday needs Teacher – Passion for study and sharing knowledge

34 SELF-DISCOVERY YOUR GIFT IS PART OF WHO YOU ARE Your gift cannot be isolated in a test- tube Relationship to God and others will determine your gift Five principles to help in discovery

35 EXAMINE YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO GOD Gratitude for grace and salvation Ephesians 2:8-10 Barriers, sins, attitude problems short-circuit the process Explore gifts that draw you closer to God

36 LIST GOALS AND DREAMS FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD What did Paul’s ambition reveal about his gift? Romans 15:20 What would you most like to do for God? “This one thing I do…” Philippians 3:13 If 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

37 EXPLORE NEEDS OF THE LOCAL CHURCH FAMILY Most gifts are used in the context of the local church Ephesians 4:16 List the needs in your local congregation that are not being filled Now list the gifts needed to fill those needs

38 REVIEW YOUR PAST MINISTRY EXPERIENCE Not a conclusive test – you may have suppressed your gift II Timothy 1:6 List five things you have done to serve God and rate the success and personal satisfaction of those efforts

39 SEEK FEEDBACK FROM OTHER CHRISTIANS Consider the “shoulder tapping,” sincere compliments and appeals for help from others List the positive input about your service and the gifts that are indicated

40 CONCLUSION The goal of gift discovery is effective ministry rather than mere knowledge of yourself Discovering ones gift brings the responsibility to use it Read Colossians 4:17

41 Administrator__________ Encourager__________ Evangelist__________ Giver__________ Shepherd__________ Mercy giver__________ Missionary__________ Prophet__________ Servant__________ Teacher__________ 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.

42 Top three point totals: 1. Gift: ______________________________Points: __________ 2. Gift: ______________________________Points: __________ 3. Gift: ______________________________Points: __________ Lowest two point totals: 1. Gift: ______________________________Points: __________ 2. Gift: ______________________________Points: __________

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44 By Truitt Adair

45 SESSION FOUR Identifying Your Place in the Body COMPLETE THE GIFT INVENTORY

46 In this seminar we will focus on 10 spiritual “gifts” or “passions” Administrator – Passion for visionary leadership Encourager - Passion for positive motivation Soul-winner - Passion for seeking lost/sharing the gospel Giver - Passion for generosity with physical blessings Shepherd – Passion for spiritual nurturing Mercy-shower – Passion for caring for those in distress Missionary – Passion for planting and pioneering Proclaimer – Passion for telling truth and confronting sin Servant – Passion for meeting everyday needs Teacher – Passion for study and sharing knowledge

47 Respond 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.

48 Scoring 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.

49 Now compare your results with your “self analysis” and “third- party analysis.” How close were the results?

50 REPORT FOR MY SHEPHERDS My Top Three Gifts: 1._________________________________________________ 2._________________________________________________ 3._________________________________________________ Where I am using my gifts now: Current ministries where I could use my gifts: New ministries where I could use my gifts:

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52 By Truitt Adair

53 SESSION FIVE MOBILIZING THE MEMBERSHIP MOVING FROM MAINTENANCE TO MINISTRY

54 Church ministry can sometimes be drudgery.

55 MOBILIZING THE MEMBERSHIP Moving from Maintenance to Ministry Typically only a small percentage of members use their gift in ministry The percentage decreases as church membership increases One church of 450 members identified 17 jobs

56 READ I CORINTHIANS 12:31 – 14:1 Gifts are like money – they can be used to help or hurt or not used at all Love is the “most excellent way” to use gifts (12:31) The desire for specific gifts must be tempered by love (14:1)

57 AN ANALYSIS OF CHAPTER 13 Gifts are empty without love v. 1-3 The loving attitudes for the proper use of gifts v. 4-7 Love endures when gifts fail v. 8-13

58 THE PARTNERSHIP OF LOVE AND SPIRITUAL GIFTS Love and Knowledge I Corinthians 8:1, Ephesians 4:15 Love and Unity Romans 12:4-10 Love and Zeal II Timothy 1:6-7

59 LOVE + SPIRITUAL GIFTS = MATURITY AND GROWTH IN THE BODY OF CHRIST I John 4:7-12

60 THE RESPONSIBILITY OF GIFTS DISCOVERY DEPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT

61 YOUR 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

62 WHEN YOU ARE SERVING IN THE AREA OF YOUR GIFTEDNESS, THREE THINGS WILL HAPPEN God will be glorified The local body will become healthier Your life will be enriched

63 Using your gifts in ministry can help to bring back the joy of serving.

64 Paul’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

65 Isaya Jackson

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67 By Truitt Adair

68 SESSION SIX FOCUS ON YOUR STRENGTHS DISCOVER THE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF YOUR GIFT

69 We will look for 4 Things regarding the stewardship of our gift: A basic description of the gift Strengths: dominate when one is mature Weaknesses: dominate when one is immature How to use the gift in serving the Lord

70 STRENGTHS Vision Courage Adaptability Sacrificial Independent Confident Promotional Result-oriented WEAKNESSES Unrealistic Self-reliant Demanding Unsympathetic Loner Proud Competitive Unspiritual THE MISSIONARY: The person who plants the cause of Christ or pioneers new works

71 Using the Missionary Gift Visit a missionary Take a foreign or domestic mission trip. Be active in “local missions” at home. Serve on the missions committee Get involved in WBS, WEI, LST or others Serve in an inner city ministry Attend SIBI and become and get the training for full time mission work.

72 STRENGTHS Outgoing People person Verbal Redemptive Passionate Focused Motivated Confident WEAKNESSES Overbearing Undisciplined Not a listener Not pastoral Impulsive Intolerant Critical Enjoys attentio n THE SOUL-WINNER: One who loves to seek the lost and share the gospel with them

73 Using the Soul-winner Gift Visit hospitals, nursing homes and shut- ins and read scriptures or pass out tractsVisit hospitals, nursing homes and shut- ins and read scriptures or pass out tracts Use correspondence courses for people in your communityUse correspondence courses for people in your community Visit those who visit your congregationVisit those who visit your congregation Set up studies with your neighborsSet up studies with your neighbors Join evangelistic campaign groupsJoin evangelistic campaign groups

74 STRENGTHS Objective Convicted Decisive Disciplined Authoritative Articulate Logical Goal-oriented WEAKNESSES Unkind Angry Impatient Judgmental Self-righteous Negative Unsympathetic Disorganized THE PROCLAIMER: The firebrand who points out sin and calls people to repentance

75 Using the Proclaimer Gift Begin a new convert’s class or females can teach a ladies’ class Give a “communion talk” or Wednesday night devotional Preach at a nursing home or prison Begin a home group for younger Christians Begin a “Sunset Satellite School” Attend SIBI and become a preacher or study in the women’s ministry

76 STRENGTHS Knowledgeable Studious Thorough Creative Organized Precise Self-disciplined Analytical WEAKNESSES Proud Aloof Technical Independent Rigid Trivial Critical Impractical THE TEACHER: The Bible scholar who makes clear the doctrine and teaching of God’s word

77 Using the Teacher Gift Develop regular Bible study and scripture memory regimen Enroll in correspondence or internet studies Volunteer to teach in your local congregation Attend seminars and workshops Read good books and materials on teaching methods

78 STRENGTHS Practical Persuasive Creative Sympathetic Demonstrative Optimistic Enthusiastic Motivating WEAKNESSES Shallow Pushy Changeable Tolerant Show off Simplistic Impulsive Discouragement THE EXHORTER: T he practical motivator who urges others to a course of action

79 Using the Exhorter Gift Write notes and cards of encouragement to others Take small gifts to hospitals, nursing homes, shut –ins and church visitors Have members in your home for a meal Visit those who are weak or have dropped out of church Serve as a greeter Team up with a soul-winner

80 STRENGTHS Patient Personable Responsible Caring Peacemaker Sacrificial Faithful Competent WEAKNESSES Tolerant Charismatic Pride Protective Compromise Bitter Workaholic Self-reliant THE SHEPHERD: The nurturer who leads, feeds and cares for the needs of God’s people

81 Using the Shepherd Gift Develop a “mentoring group” Attend leadership workshops and read good leadership books Teach a “new members” class on spiritual disciplines Become an “accountability partner” Become an “involvement” resource for new or weak Christians Team up with an experienced Shepherd

82 STRENGTHS Sensitive Sympathetic Caring Expressive Accepting Patient Peaceable WEAKNESSES Subjective Resentful Impulsive Insecure Compromising Depressed Pessimistic THE MERCY-SHOWER: The one who identifies with and cares for those in distress

83 Using the Mercy-Shower Gift Write letters to soldiers and prisoners Visit the sick, shut-in, and bereaved Begin a grief recovery ministry Volunteer in a nursing home, unwed mother’s or battered wive’s home Seek out the lonely and outcast members Begin a “recovery ministry” for addicts

84 STRENGTHS Skilled Responsive Task-oriented Loyal Methodical Humble Likeable Patient WEAKNESSES Unspiritual Over-committed Inconsistent Dependent Slow Low self-image Soft Indecisive THE SERVER: The humble servant who meets the practical needs of fellow Christians and the Church

85 Using the Server Gift Use your “profession” or “trade” to help members or around the church building Prepare meals for a shut-in or the sick Serve in a “food pantry” or “clothing” ministry at the church Help in the church office with bulletins or publications Drive a van or car to pick up people for church Ask the church leaders what needs you can help to fill

86 STRENGTHS Motivated Organized Helpful Disciplined Generous Conscientious Positive Decisive WEAKNESSES Results oriented Materialistic Controlling Demanding Critical Judgmental Idealistic Project focus THE GIVER: The generous donor who meets the financial needs of people and ministries for God’s work

87 Using the Giver Gift Serve on the finance ministry of your church Give a liberal percentage in the Sunday offering Find worthwhile ministry causes and support them liberally Serve on Board and Development groups for brotherhood ministries Give anonymous, surprise gifts to missionaries and good ministries Make a good estate plan (wills, trusts, etc) and keep giving after your death

88 STRENGTHS Task-oriented Efficient Individualistic Ingenious Strong Visionary Goal-minded Methodical WEAKNESSES Carnal Materialistic Isolated Arrogant Self-reliant Not detailed Impractical Inflexible THE ADMINISTRATOR: The visionary leader of a group or church

89 Using the Administrator Gift Serve on the vision and direction committee for the church or some ministry Be the chairperson of a committee or Deacon ministry Organize the “ministry system” of the congregation Research the demographics of the community and develop an outreach plan Develop a plan for involving every member in the area of their giftedness.

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