Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Golden Nuggets from Rome: (6th in a series)

(my notes from Dr Chris at FBC Ruston)

Rom 12:4-8
4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

God Wants to Make You a Gifted Person
1 Cor 12: 7 -- "to each one he gave gifts ... for the common good."
"Gifts" are mentioned four times in the New Testament

What's your SHAPE
S piritual gift
H eart -- what excites you?
A bility -- What can you do well
P ersonality
E xperience

You Can and Should Use Your Gifts (it's not a gift you sit on the shelf; this is a gift you use.)
1. To bring honor to God
2. To reach people for God (v 6)
3. To help people (v. 7-8)
4. To make your church great (v. 4-5)
5. Personal Fullfillment

Many are Crabby Christians because they won't use their gifts; we are built to be in the game; don't shine or store your gifts -- use them.