The Tools That You Have – Living This Great Life

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The Tools That You Have - Notes

March 17, 2019

We all need each other.  We are _____________.

Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.  For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.  There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all.  (Ephesians 4:3-6 NLT)

We each have a ________________ to fulfill.

Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of calling, for you have been called by God. (Ephesians 4:1 NLT)

And each one of us has a ____________________.

However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ.  (Ephesians 4:7 NLT)

Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of calling, for you have been called by God. (Ephesians 4:1 NLT)

1. _______________________ your gift.

What are you good at?

(Remember:  A spriritual gift is not a _____________________ talent.)

What do people come to you for?

(Remember:  All gifts are ____________________ important.)

2. _______________________ your gift. 

This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.  (2 Timothy 1:6 NLT)

What does it mean to "fan into flame" your spiritual gift?

  1. Give it some ____________.  Give it _____________ to grow.
  2. Grow ____________________________.
  3. Ask God to __________________________ your spiritual gift.

3. ____________________________ your gift.

He makes the whole body fit together perfectly.  As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.  (Ephesians 4:16 NLT)

In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.  (1 Corinthians 12:22 NLT)

You are not _______________________________________

God has given you a calling.

God has given you a special gift.

A Quick List of Spiritual Gifts  (from Ephesians 4; 1 Corinthians 12 and Romans 12)

  • Teaching
  • Leadership
  • Exhortation
  • Giving
  • Mercy
  • Prophecy
  • Service
  • Discernment
  • Faith
  • Healing
  • Helps
  • Knowledge
  • Miracles
  • Tongues
  • Interpretations of Tongues
  • Wisdom
  • Evangelism
  • Hospitality
  • Encouragement

Which one (perhaps two or three) do you think you have? 

Study Guide  (Questions for individuals or group study)

Introduction.

Why do you think God made people unique and diverse?

What is God trying to say to us in that?

Study Questions.

Read Ephesians 4:1-4

Paul lists some things that unite Christian together.  What are they?

How do you see these things unity us?

In what things should Christians agree?

In what things should Christians have diversity of opinion?

Read Ephesians 4:7; 11-13

Does every individual have a purpose in the body of Christ?

Why did God give us these gifts?

What does Paul say about that here?

Read Ephesians 4:14-16.  (also read 1 Corinthians 12:1; 4-6; 11-27)

What does Paul say here about our purpose?

What analogy does he use?

How are these two passages similar?

How are they different?

Sharing Questions:

Do you have a spiritual gift?

How have you seen God use that gift in the past?

How might you benefit from the spiritual gifts of others in your group?

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