You Belong Here ... in the Church

Posted by Jim Murphy on Monday, September 22, 2014 @ 4:07 PM

Bottom Line

You have an important role to play in the Church.

Tension

The truth is, you have an important role to play in the Church. God puts your natural abilities to work for supernatural results. That’s called a “spiritual gift.” Every Christian has a “spiritual gift.” God’s Spirit helps every Christian help other people by giving them "spiritual gifts."

But the reality is, you feel like you have nothing to offer. You feel like you’re not good at anything. It feels like you’re too young and inexperienced. It seems like “the Church” doesn’t need you. You don’t know what your gift is.

We want to help you see that you are important to the Church, the community, and the Kingdom of God. Just like every part of your body (your hands, your head, your feet, your ears, etc.) has an important role to play live and function the way it's supposed to, you are an important part of the "Body of Christ," as pointed out by Paul in 1 Corinthians 12.

Text

1 Corinthians 12:12, 17-18, 26, 27

Teaching

We want to help you figure out what the spiritual gifts are and how to put it to work. There are two steps to follow.

  1. Figure it Out – There are many spiritual gifts. See the list of Spiritual Gifts and their descriptions below. Which one fits you best? Ask your friends in small group which one they think you might have? Find out what your “spiritual gift” is. In your small groups, look through the list of gifts and help each other figure out which gifts you might have.
  2. Work it Out–There are many ways you can put your spiritual gifts to work. You can volunteer to do something. You can exercise your gift when you’re talking to your friends. You can put it to work out in the community somewhere. You might have to just try things out, experiment, and work it out. Explore with each other possibilities for how your gifts can be put to work.

Small Group Questions

  1. Look through the list of gifts and their descriptions. Go around the circle and discuss with each student what you think their gifts might or what they think theirs might be. Help them understand what they mean and how they work.
  2. Encourage those who don’t identify with any gifts to not be discouraged. It takes time to figure it out. Just pick one and start trying it out.

Conversations at Home

It's hard for kids to figure out what their spiritual gifts are. So much of our efforts are focused on academics, athletics, or other school connected activities. Help your student explore their spiritual giftedness and their role in the church by asking them which gifts feel like the best fit for them. Then help them figure out ways to "work it out" by volunteering somewhere in the church or community, or even how to exercise them among their friends in every day life.

A BRIEF LIST of the SPIRITUAL GIFTS

"A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.” - 1 Corinthians 12:7 (NLT) God gives each person who puts their faith in Jesus a spiritual gift that is intended to help others both in the Church and outside the Church. Here are some of the most common ones that are mentioned in the Bible (Romans 12, Ephesians 4 & 1 and Corinthians 12). The names of the gifts are listed in parentheses.

Are you a person who has the ability to ...

... organize, direct and make plans. (Administration)

... ability to lead people across cultures, start new churches and ministries. (Apostleship)

... recognize what is or isn’t of God. (Discernment)

... listen to people, comfort, encourage, and help them heal and become better. (Encouragement/Exhortation)

... spread the Gospel of Jesus to those who don’t know him in a way that genuinely helps them respond in faith. (Evangelism)

... know what God wants done and to completely and confidently trust him no matter what. (Faith)

... give of your material things freely and with joy to help others and God’s plans. (Giving)

... work alongside others and help with behind-the-scenes tasks that have spiritual value. (Helps)

... provide a warm welcome for people that shows God’s love by providing friendship, food, or shelter. (Hospitality)

... understand, organize, and use information about things to advance God’s plans. (Knowledge)

... motivate, coordinate, and direct others to do God’s work. (Leadership)

... see the suffering of others and to comfort and help them with love and compassion. (Mercy)

... ability to call on God to do supernatural acts that glorify Him. (Miracles)

... guide and care for other Christians as they grow in their faith. (Pastor/Shepherding)

... ability to speak God’s truth in a useful way and to see how God will change things. (Prophecy)

... understand and communicate God’s truth to others in a way that they can understand and apply it to their lives. (Teaching)

... ability to speak in a language, known or unknown to others, supernaturally. (Tongues)

... supernatural interpret that spiritual language. (Interpretation of Tongues)

... understand and apply biblical and spiritual knowledge to difficult situations. (Wisdom)

This list and the descriptions are, for the most part, excerpts of Jane Kise's "LifeKeys: Discovering Who You Are, Why You're Here, and What You Do Best."
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These posts are from the weekly lessons at Wednesday night FUEL. They are designed to share with you an outline of the content of our discussions, the small group questions, and ideas for conversations at home. Feel free to use these for your own conversations or lessons.

Jim Murphy

Jim Murphy, Associate Pastor, NextGen MinistriesAssociate Pastor NextGen Ministries

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