Bible Study Dec 1: Shaped for Serving God & Understanding Your Shape

Posted on Mon, Dec 6, 2004:

Our Bible Study lessons are taken from The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren Ė a chapter each week until the book has been completed. 
December 1: Shaped for Serving God & Understanding Your Shape
Taught by Assistant Pastor Porter
Our lesson tonight was taken from Chapters 30 and 31 of The Purpose Driven Life.
Points to Ponder:
I.  Unwrapping Your Spiritual Gifts
    >God gives every believer spiritual gifts to be used in ministry.  (Each gift is
    >Gifts are an expression of Godís grace to you.
    >No individual receives all gifts
    >An unopened gift is worthless
II.    Listening to Your Heart
        >Heart describes the bundle of desires, hopes, interests, ambitions, passion
        >Signs of serving God with hearts are enthusiasm and effectiveness
        >Figure out what you love to do and do it for Godís glory
III.      Applying Your Abilities
        >All of our abilities come from God
        >Every ability can be used for Godís glory
        > What Iím able to do, God wants me to do
IV.      Using Your Personality
        >There is no right or wrong temperament or personality for ministry
        >Your personality will affect how and where you use your spiritual gifts and
V.        Employing Your Experiences
        >Six kinds of experiences:
The very experiences that you have resented or regretted most in life Ė the ones youíve wanted to hide and forget Ė are the experiences God wants to use to help others.  They are your ministry!

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