Click here for Church/Pastoral Intern George Ripley V’s sermon “Running a Different Race”
Listen. Being a disciple of Jesus is like a tree. The roots are our identity as sons and daughters of God. The trunk is the servant’s heart of Christ. Both of these must be in place if we are to use our spiritual gifts to serve God and his church. These gifts are the branches and leaves of the tree.
Romans 12:1-8 calls us to worship God with our lives in gratitude to our merciful God, who gave us Jesus. Worship is giving our whole self to God who gave himself to us. This means we live a new way and look at ourselves as God sees us: Gifted people who belong to the body of Christ.
Our gifts are our life experiences, skills, and spiritual abilities, which God gives to us to make the church, the body of Christ, stronger. These gifts define our role in the church, but not our value. We are all equal as sons and daughters of God, but how we love and serve is determined by our gifts.
Reflection. What abilities, skills, and experiences do you have that could be used to help others and make the church stronger? Sometimes, you can identify these gifts in the things you love and care about more than most people you know.
Why is it important to remember that our gifts determine our role in the church, but not our value?
Set Goals. Be sure to make these goals personal and specific.
- What will I do this week to meditate, listen and respond to God’s teaching on our gifts? (See Scriptures on the back of this insert)
- How will you explore your spiritual gifts this week? How will you begin to use and develop them? How will you pray?
- Who can I share this with?
Scriptures for Spiritual Gifts (Branches and Leaves)
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do.”
1 Corinthians 12:4 “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”
Romans 12:6-8 “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.”