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Engage: Session 3

Series: Engage

Speaker: Mickey Foley

October 1, 2020

Mickey Foley

Discipleship Pastor

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Madison Park Discipleship Class

Living As Followers of Jesus Christ—Session 3

Recap from Session 2…

  • Our relationship with God
  • Worship/Devotion/Prayer
  • Practical Tools/Questions/Thoughts
  • Review Living as Followers of Jesus Christ Diagram

Relationship with His Family (The Church)

How do you define Church? Is Church someplace to go? Or something to be?

 

Community—Life shared in healthy and healing relationships within the family of God.

  • God is Community...Genesis 1:26 “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us…”    
  • We were created in and for relationship
  • “Discipleship happens in circles, not rows.” ~ Andy Stanley 

Matthew 7:3 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?”

 

WE ALL HAVE BLIND SPOTS

 

MP Groups

  • Sermon-based
  • Focus on Transformation
  • Transparency
  • Accountability

Handling Conflict Biblically

  • Someone sins against you—Matthew 18:15-17
  • Restoration—Galatians 6:1-5
  • Forgiveness—Colossians 3:12-13
  • Reconciling Differences—Matthew 5:23-24, Matthew 7:1-5 

Generosity—Using God’s resources for God’s purposes with God’s attitude

  • Joyful Generosity...cheerful giver
  • Open handed
  • Resources—Time, Talents, Finances
  • Fruit of the spirit—Galatians 5:22-23...Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control.

Generosity is at the center of the Discipleship Diagram

Never are we more like God than when we give! 

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he GAVE his one and only son

ServiceUsing God’s gifts for God’s pleasure to serve His purpose

  • Ephesians 2:10…You are uniquely wired and gifted
  • God doesn’t make mistakes
  • He has designed you and you are his masterpiece!

 

Do you believe that God has a call on your life that is unique to you?

 

Practical Tools:

  • S.H.A.P.E.—Spiritual Gifts/Heart/Abilities/Personality/Experiences...

Rick Warren, Saddleback Church

  • Spiritual Gifts Assessments...com/gifts
  • Personality Tests—Myers-Briggs/Enneagram
  • I.S.C.
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Strength’s finders

 

S.H.A.P.E. 

S – Spiritual Gifts – What has God supernaturally gifted me to do?

H – Heart – What do I have a passion for and love to do?

A – Abilities – What natural talents and skills do I have?

P – Personality – Where does my personality best suit me to serve?

E – Experiences – What spiritual experiences have I had? What painful experiences have I had? What educational experiences have I had? What ministry experiences have I had?

 

 

Spiritual Gifts Survey

by Lifeway Christian Resources

Discover Your Spiritual Gifts!

By Gene Wilkes

Ken Hemphill defines a spiritual gift as “an individual manifestation of grace from the Father that enables you to serve Him and thus play a vital role in His plan for the redemption of the world.” Peter Wagner defines a spiritual gift as “a special attribute given by the Holy Spirit to every member of the Body of Christ according to God’s grace for use within the context of the Body.”

I like to use this definition: A spiritual gift is an expression of the Holy Spirit in the life of believers which empowers them to serve the body of Christ, the church.

 

Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:8-10; Ephesians 4:11; 1 Peter 4:9-11 contain representative lists of gifts and roles God has given to the church. A definition of these gifts follows.

  • Leadership – Leadership aids the body by leading and directing members to accomplish the goals and purposes of the church. Leadership motivates people to work together in unity toward common goals (Rom. 12:8).

  • Administration – Persons with the gift of administration lead the body by steering others to remain on task. Administration enables the body to organize according to God-given purposes and long-term goals (1 Cor. 12:28).

  • Teaching – Teaching is instructing members in the truths and doctrines of God’s Word for the purposes of building up, unifying, and maturing the body (1 Cor. 12:28; Rom. 12:7; Eph. 4:11).

  • Knowledge – The gift of knowledge manifests itself in teaching and training in discipleship. It is the God-given ability to learn, know, and explain the precious truths of God’s Word. A word of knowledge is a Spirit-revealed truth (1 Cor. 12:28).

  • Wisdom – Wisdom is the gift that discerns the work of the Holy Spirit in the body and applies His teachings and actions to the needs of the body (1 Cor. 12:28).

  • Prophecy – The gift of prophecy is proclaiming the Word of God boldly. This builds up the body and leads to conviction of sin. Prophecy manifests itself in preaching and teaching (1 Cor. 12:10; Rom 12:6).

  • Discernment – Discernment aids the body by recognizing the true intentions of those within or related to the body. Discernment tests the message and actions of others for the protection of well-being of the body (1Cor. 12:10).

  • Exhortation – Possessors of this gift encourage members to be involved in and enthusiastic about the work of the Lord. Members of this gift are good counselors and motivate others to service. Exhortation exhibits itself in preaching, teaching, and ministry (Rom. 12:8).

  • Shepherding – The gift of shepherding is manifested in persons who look out for the spiritual welfare of others. Although pastors, like shepherds, do care for members of the church, this gift is not limited to a pastor or staff member (Eph. 4:11).

  • Faith – Faith trusts God to work beyond the human capabilities of the people. Believers with this gift encourage others to trust in God in the face of apparently insurmountable odds.

  • Evangelism – God gifts his church with evangelists to lead others to Christ effectively and enthusiastically. This gift builds up the body by adding new members to its fellowship (Eph. 4:11).

  • Apostleship - The church sends apostles from the body to plant churches or be missionaries, Apostles motivate the body to look beyond its walls in order to carry out the Great Commission (1Cor. 12:28; Eph. 4:11).

  • Service/Helps – Those with the gift of service/helps recognize practical needs in the body and joyfully give assistance to meeting those needs. Christians with this gift do not mind working behind the scenes (1 Cor. 12:28; Rom. 12:7).

  • Mercy – Cheerful acts of compassion characterize those with the gift of mercy. Persons with this gift aid the body by empathizing with hurting members. They keep the body healthy and unified by keeping others aware of the needs within the church (Rom. 12:8).

  • Giving - Members with the gift of giving give feely and joyfully to the work and mission of the body. Cheerfulness and liberality are characteristics of the individuals with this gift (Rom. 12:8).

  • Hospitality – Those with this gift have the ability to make visitors guests, and strangers feel at ease. They often use their home to entertain guests. Person with this gift integrate new members into the body (1 Pet. 4:9).

 

God has gifted you with an expression of His Holy Spirit to support His vision and mission of the church. It is a worldwide vision to reach all people with the gospel of Christ. As a servant leader, God desires that you know how He has gifted you. This will lead you to where He would have you serve as part of His vision and mission for the church.

 

ABOUT SPIRITUAL GIFTS 

Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant.” 1 Corinthians 12:1 (NIV) A spiritual gift is a special ability given by the Holy Spirit to serve others and strengthen the Body of Christ. 

Ways To Discover Our Spiritual Gifts:

  • Experiment – It’s easier to discover your gift through ministry than to discover your ministry through your gift.
  • Read and Study – There are a number of books that talk about spiritual gifts.
  • Take Assessments – Like this S.H.A.P.E. assessment.
  • Ask Others For Input – Others will often see gifts in us that we can’t see ourselves.

Hgctools.com/sgifts

 

ABOUT HEART

 

Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalms 37:4 (NIV)

Another way to think of your heart is to think about passion!

Take a moment to think about these questions:

What drives you?

  • What would you do for God if you knew you couldn’t fail?
  • What pushes you to action?
  • What moves you so deeply that it keeps you awake at night?

Who are the people you most want to help?

  • Who do you feel you can influence the most?
  • Is there an age range you feel most drawn to? If so, what age group?
  • Is there an affinity group I feel most drawn to? 

What are the needs I feel most drawn to?

  • What are the top two needs I love to meet for people?
  • Why do I love meeting those needs?

What cause am I most passionate about?

  • What cause or issue makes my heart race?
  • Where could I make the greatest impact for God?

   

*Download the Self-Assessment pdf to complete this and the following sections

 

ABOUT ABILITIES

 

Each of us has abilities that we have discovered and learned over our lifetime. 

Read through this list of specialized abilities and check the ones that you excel at and love doing

*Use the Self-Assessment pdf to complete this section

 

ABOUT PERSONALITY

Understanding the personality God has given you will help you more effectively express your spiritual gifts, heart, and abilities for His sake.

 

“Like stained glass, our different personalities reflect God’s light in many colors and patterns.”

 – Rick Warren

 

We are going to focus on only two aspects of your personality:

  • How you are energized
  • How you are organized

 

PERSONALITY

*Use the Self-Assessment to complete this section

 

 

 EXPERIENCE

 

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”

                                                                                                                   2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)

 

 

Take a moment to think about these different experiences and how they have impacted your life:

 

  • Spiritual experiences – Meaningful decisions, times with God, times you felt especially close to God
  • Painful experiences – Problems, hurts, trials, etc…
  • Educational experiences – Favorite subjects in school, special training, etc…
  • Ministry experiences – How you’ve served in the past

 

Record any experiences that stand out in the following areas onto your S.H.A.P.E. Profile:

 

 

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