Outline #6 Gifts For Witness: Unlimited Possibilities
The Giver of all good and perfect gifts
- James 1:17 Who is the Giver of every good and perfect gift? (see also Matthew 7:11)
- Name the greatest gift given to each redeemed child of God. John 3:16, Luke 11:13, 1 John 3:1
- Why is the gift of the Holy Spirit to be with you and in you (John 14:15-18) a crucial preparation, and ongoing necessity, for those who are called to fulfill the mission given to us by Jesus? Acts 1:4, 8
- What other spiritual gifts are given to followers of Jesus? 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, Ephesians 4:7-8, Romans 12:5-8
The purpose of spiritual gifts
- 1 Corinthians 12:7
- Ephesians 4:11-16
- How does the image of the church as a body help us understand the importance of each spiritual gift? 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
- Name someone in the early Christian church and identify the spiritual gift used for the building up of the Body of Christ. Barnabas, Dorcas, Apollos, etc.
Receiving spiritual gifts
- When do believers receive their spiritual gifts? Support your answer from the Bible.
- Matthew 3:16-17, Acts 10:36-38 - Jesus
- Acts 2:37-41, Acts 19:1-6 – believers
- Who determines which spiritual gifts we will receive? 1 Corinthians 12:11,18; Ephesians 4:8
- What are your thoughts about requesting a certain spiritual gift? (see 1 John 5:14, Matthew 25:14-15)
Discovering your spiritual gifts
- How can a follower of Jesus discover his or her spiritual gift/s? Learn/Engage/Listen
- What promises from the Scriptures offer encouragement for those who are seeking to identify their spiritual gift/s? James 1:5, Jeremiah 33:3, Matthew 7:7, Proverbs 16:3, etc.
- What spiritual gifts have you discovered in your own life?
- What spiritual gifts do you see in others?
Using your spiritual gifts
- What expectation does Jesus have for those who receive spiritual gifts? Matthew 25:15-30
- What happens when we use our spiritual gifts in the service of our Master?
- How is God calling you to use your spiritual gifts to build up the Body of Christ?
- Can a natural talent become a spiritual gift?
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