Family Challenge: Developing Our Gifts

Memorize this verse  as a family:

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.

Listen. Ephesians 2:10 tells us that God made us in a special way by giving us special gifts because he has something special for us to do. The things we are good at and love to do are the gifts God has given us. He wants us to use these gifts to serve Him and love others.  He wants us to make these gifts bigger. We learned in Sunday School (see Acts 18:24-28) that Apollos had gifts from God: he was smart, he knew a lot about the Bible, and he was a good speaker. Aquila and Priscilla were friends of Paul and were good teachers. They helped Apollos make his gift bigger by teaching him the things he didn’t know about Jesus. With Aquila and Priscilla’s help, Apollos used his developed speaking gifts to tell many people about Jesus in Corinth.

Discussion. What kinds of gifts has God given you? You can find your gifts by asking: “What am I good at?” and “What do I like to do?” Make a list or draw pictures of the gifts God has given each person in the family. 

How can you develop these gifts like Apollos did? How can you learn more about your gift? How can you can practice using it? Who can help you the way Aquila and Priscilla helped Apollos? 

Set Goals. Have each person in the family make a plan to develop their gift.

Daily Practices:

  • Listen to God. Sit silently in his presence; listen for his voice, submit yourself to his will for the day.
  • Respond to God. Pray through the outline of the Lord’s Prayer: worship, surrender, daily needs, forgiveness, and protection.
  • Bible Reading. Read the Bible as a disciple, listening to what God has to say, responding with obedience, repentance, worship, and trust, and sharing with others what you are learning.
  • Praying for your five. Pray for five people in your life that God will work through the circumstances of their life so that they are open to follow Jesus. Pray for opportunities to invite them to follow Jesus with you.
  • Prayer with others. Pray with spouse, family, and others.

Weekly Practices:

  • Discipling Friendships. Cultivate friendships with others for the purpose of following Jesus together.
  • Community Worship. Join with fellow believers to receive the Gospel through the Word and communion and respond with worship and prayer.
  • Participate in trainings that develop your gifts and deepen your walk as a disciple of Jesus.
  • Give your time, money, and talent. Give what God has entrusted to you to love your neighbor, make disciples, and strengthen the church.
  • Sabbath. Take a twenty-four hour break, where you cease from all paid and unpaid work. Connect with God, family, and friends. Rest. Play. Enjoy activities that recharge you.

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