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.
Proverbs 16:4 (NLT) The LORD has made everything for his own purposes.
1 Corinthians 15:10 (NCV) “God’s grace has made me what I am, and his grace to me was not wasted.”
Romans 12:5-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 27-28; 1 Peter 4:10-11 provide listings of these gifts.
Job 10:8 (CSB) “Your hands shaped me and formed me.”
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.
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.
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.’”
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.
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?
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A born teacher, Steve combines a depth of insight with unchanging biblical truths to provide messages that are both engaging & life changing. Married to Jean, his bride of 35 years, and the father of three adult children, Steve enjoys early mornings on his porch in study, time with family & friends at the coast, and playing Bluegrass music on his guitar.