Pastor Steve Williams : Being Difference Makers

Unchanging · 36:47 · Recorded August 23, 2020

Being Difference Makers

Ephesians 2:10 (TLB) It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others.

1. God planned for you before you were you!

Proverbs 16:4 (NLT) The LORD has made everything for his own purposes.

2. God invested in you to give you impact.

1 Corinthians 15:10 (NCV) “God’s grace has made me what I am, and his grace to me was not wasted.”

Your unique “SHAPE”:

Spiritual gifts

Romans 12:5-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 27-28; 1 Peter 4:10-11 provide listings of these gifts.

Heartfelt concerns

Abilities acquired

Personality type

Experiences of growth

God determined things about you.

Job 10:8 (CSB) “Your hands shaped me and formed me.”

You inherited some of yourself.

Others contributed to your identity.

You developed yourself along the way.

See the “Discovering My SHAPE Worksheet”

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3. God matches who you are to the needs & hurts of others.

1 Peter 4:10 (TLB) God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help each other, passing on to others God’s many kinds of blessings.

The “Five Love Languages”:

Speaking Words of affirmation

Performing acts of Service

Offering tangible Gifts

Sharing Quality time

Extending physical Touch

1 Corinthians 12:4-7 (NAS) Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

1 Corinthians 12:6 (Phi) God works through different people in differ-ent ways, but it is the same God who achieves his purposes through them all.

4. God will graciously reward you for all that’s done “unto him”.

Matthew 25:34-40 (CSB) “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. ‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me; I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry…or thirsty…When did we see you a stranger…or without clothes…sick, or in prison…?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

You are blessed in order to be a blessing!

Romans 6:13 (TLB) Give yourselves completely to God—every part of you—for you are back from death and you want to be tools in the hands of God, to be used for his good purposes.

Get the SHAPE Worksheet here!

  • How has Jesus changed the idea and value of being a servant for you?

  • What thoughts and feelings come into your mind when you think about the fact that before the Sierra Nevada mountains were created, God had plans for your life in mind?

  • Who are the persons that God used greatly in your past to contribute to the gifts and service and effectiveness you have today?

  • Why do you think some people might feel that they don’t have “much to offer” in serving God and others?

  • Take a moment to review the SHAPE acrostic in your notes. How has learning about & discovering how God has SHAPEd you made a difference in your finding a way to serve others with impact?

  • Read Romans 12:5-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 27-28; and 1 Peter 4:10-11. Make a list of the spiritual gifts you find in those passages. Now compare the list with the “5 Love Languages” listed in point 3. How do these 5 “match up” with spiritual gifts? Is there significance in this or only coincidence?

  • Parents – Check out the information on our kid’s page at northpointe.org/kids where you’ll find info on Sunday services and family resources to help you as you navigate this current season.

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  • Remembrance

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