Thursday, September 27, 2007

How's Your Shape?

So, how's your shape? I’m not talking your physical shape but rather your ministry S.H.A.P.E. Each letter in the word “SHAPE” stands for a part of who you are which reveals how God has designed you and your life so that you can have a ministry to others within the local church.

S – Spiritual Gifts (1 Corinthians 12:7) – What are you gifted to do? The Bible teaches us that each and every Christian has at least one spiritual gift. What’s yours? Is it leading? Is it teaching? Is it evangelism? Is it giving? Is it distinguishing of spirits? Is it mercy? Is it wisdom? Is it pastoring? Is it exhortation? Is it helps? Is it faith? Over the month of October we will learn on Sundays how to discover your spiritual gifts. Each gift is selected for you by God and given to you through the Holy Spirit so that you play a vital role in the church of Jesus Christ.

H – Heart (Philippians 2:13) – What do you love to do? What are you passionate about? What motivates you the most? Who do you love to work with the most (age/type of people)? If you knew you could not fail, what would you attempt for God? Whatever your answers are to these questions are areas in which God wants to use you to impact others through the local church.

A – Abilities (Exodus 31:3) – What natural talents and skills do you have? What is your current vocation? What other jobs or skills do you have experience in? What could you teach another person? These are all areas where God has given you skills so that you can use these very abilities to minister to others in the local church

P – Personality (Psalm 139:13-16) – Where does your personality best suit you? Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Are you analytical? Are you a take charge person? Are you a class clown, life of the party type of person? Are you emotional? Are you easy-going? However God made you is how He wants to use you to have a ministry in the church.

E – Experience - What spiritual experiences have you had (Hebrews 5:12-13)? What painful experiences have you had (2 Corinthians 1:4)? What educational experiences have you had (Hebrews 4:13)? What ministry experiences have you had (2 Corinthians 9:13)? Again, the answers to these questions are all experiences that God has allowed you to go through so that you can be even more effective to minister to others.

Why not take time to answer all of the questions given above. Be sure to take it seriously. Knowing your ministry S.H.A.P.E. will easily show you how you can be involved here at Grace Church. We don’t just want a church where hundreds of people simply come and sit through a church service each week. We want to see each and every follower of Christ who God brings to Grace Church use their gifts, desires, talents, personalities and experiences to help make us more effective at meeting people where they are and moving people to where God wants them to go.

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