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October 21, 2018 Speaker: Dan Davis Series: Find Your Fit

Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Ecclesiastes 2:10, 1 Corinthians 12:4–12:7, 1 Corinthians 12:11–12:12, 1 Corinthians 12:14–12:18, 1 Corinthians 12:21–12:22,

A Simple Definition for Serving


Serving is using your unique, God-given gifts to help others by putting their needs ahead of your own.

Ephesians 2:10 NIV
10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Spiritual Gifts

Our spiritual gifts point us to our place of serving and our power for serving.

Spiritual gifts speak to our questions of fear and insecurity like: How am I supposed to know what God wants me to do? And even if I know that, how can I be sure I have what it takes?

Three main New Testament passages address the topic of spiritual gifts: Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12; and 1 Peter 4.

1 Corinthians 12:4-7 NIV
4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.

Spiritual Gifts of Grace

The Greek word translated as "gifts" in verse 3 comes from the root word “charis” which means “grace.” Like we saw last week in Ephesians 2:8-10, it all connects together: the grace of God not only saves us from our sins, but it also sends us into service.

1 Corinthians 12:11-12 NIV
11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines. 12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:14-18 NIV
14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.

1 Corinthians 12:21-22 NIV
21 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!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,

Spiritual Gifts in the Church: Five Foundational Themes

Same Spirit
Different Gifts
Perfect Fit
Common Good
Equal Importance

Examples of Spiritual Gifts

Leadership, Administration, Teaching, Wisdom, Discernment, Shepherding, Evangelism, Mercy, Giving, and Hospitality.

Four Practical Steps

1. Spiritual Gifts List
- read through the handouts on the seats in both campus auditoriums

2. My Fit
- online assessment of spiritual gifts along with areas of ability and passion
- check out the link below or go to hopevale.org and look under the "serve" tab

3. Sunday Night Spotlight: Spiritual Gifts and Your Fit
- Sunday, October 28 @ 6:00 p.m. in the Saginaw Auditorium
- Pastor Ken, Pastor Steve, and Pastor Dan will lead this 90 minute event, which includes interactive teaching and practical assistance to help discover your spiritual gifts and find your fit

4. Ministry Fair
- Sunday, October 28, following the morning services in the lobby at both campuses
- meet leaders from different areas of ministry and learn more about specific ways you can serve at Hopevale

The Value of Shared Ministry

One of the five core ministry values of our church that is part of our DNA is the value of shared ministry, which says that we want to be the kind of church where everybody is doing something rather than some people doing everything. Let's be that kind of church because everyone has something to offer, including you.

Next Steps

As Pastor Ken asks in our Connections study guide, when you think about your spiritual gifts and serving at Hopevale, what’s your next step (choose one)? How will you do it?

* I need to start somewhere.
* I need to make an adjustment and find a better fit.
* I need to simplify and focus my efforts.
* I need to consider new challenges and more responsibility.

My Fit
Here's the link to My Fit—our online assessment tool to help you discover your unique place of service in the body of Christ. To access My Fit, you must be a registered user of My Community.


Connections Questions

What is a spiritual gift? It’s the unique role God intends each of us to play in His Body, guided and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

1. How do many churches function? What is the pastor’s/minister’s/priest’s role? What is the people’s role? How does that compare to Pastor Dan’s message and his illustration of a fine watch?

2. What have you learned or heard about “spiritual gifts” before Sunday? How does that compare to the definition above? What questions do you have about spiritual gifts?

3. Why does God give us spiritual gifts anyway? Why not just let us serve on our own? Consider these verses.

* 1 Corinthians 12:22-26

* Romans 12:6-11

* Ephesians 4:11-16

4. Look over the definitions of spiritual gifts you received on Sunday. Which gifts resonate with you? Which gifts have others recognized in you?


5. When you think about your spiritual gifts and serving at Hopevale, what’s your next step (choose one)? How will you do it?

* I need to start somewhere.
* I need to make an adjustment.
* I need to simplify and focus my efforts.
* I need to consider new challenges and more responsibility.


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