How are you gifted to serve the Lord?

1 Corinthians 12:4-7

4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.

1 Peter 4:10-11

10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Romans 12:4-8

4 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 who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his[a] faith. 7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

Ephesians 4:16

15…we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Ten Questions to ask and answer in seeking to discover and use our spiritual gifts (Romans 12:1-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-13, 27-31; Eph. 4:11-16; 1 Peter. 4:10-11)

  1. Have I offered my whole life to God as an act of worship? (Rom. 12:1)
  2. Am I living in the power of the Holy Spirit? (1 Cor. 12:1-7)
  3. How can I maximize my service to God, stewarding His grace so that I give Him the greatest glory? (1 Pe. 4:10)
  4. How does the Holy Spirit manifest Himself in me and through me to others? (1 Cor. 12:4-7)
  5. How can I help the body grow in love? (Eph. 4:15-16)
  6. Has God designed me to be more of a speaker or more of a server? (1 Pe. 4:10-11)
  7. If the Church as whole is a Body, what part am I? What is my role on the team? (Romans 12:4-8, 1Cor. 12:27-31)
  8. Do I have any of the supernatural sign gifts? (1 Cor. 12:7-11)
  9. Do I have any of the greater gifts? Have I been gifted and called to lead, shepherd or equip the whole Body when it is gathered for worship? (1 Cor. 12:27-31)
  10. Am I an Equipper or one who is to be equipped to do the work of ministry? Have I been gifted to train others to do ministry? (Eph. 4:11-13)

I. Write your answers down

II. Review your answers in prayer

III. Ask someone who knows you well to comment on your answers

IV. Review the list of gifts in Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 27-31; Ephesians 4:11 and ask God to show you the top 3 gifts that most represent how He has designed you

V. Ask God for a strategy that will put your gifts into practice building up the Church and serving others

VI. Meet with your Pastor, share the results of your study and volunteer