4/22 Put It into Practice; Romans 12:6-8

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. What would it look like for you to take one step toward becoming more like Jesus?
  3. Describe what prophecy looks like today. How do you know if someone has the gift of prophecy?
  4. Who do you know that is a good servant? What makes him/her effective?
  5. What do you think is the difference between a good teacher and a Holy Spirit gifted teacher?
  6. Who do you know that could use a word of encouragement? What is your plan for coming alongside and helping? Consider a card, email, or text message and include a pertinent Scripture or prayer.
  7. Does a person have to be wealthy to have the gift of generosity? Why or why not?
  8. What effects does a lazy leader have on a group? What effects does a diligent leader have on a group?
  9. Think about the most merciful thing a person has ever done for you. Can you see specific ways the Holy Spirit gifted that person?

Some Help for the “Gifts”

Here is a helpful understanding of the gifts from Ray Stedman and an encouraging word from James M. Boice.

I am a son of God among the sons of men. I am equipped with the power of God to labor today. In the very work given me today God will be with me, doing it through me. I am gifted with special abilities to help people in various areas, and I don’t have to wait until Sunday to use these gifts. I can use them anywhere. I can exercise the gift God has given me as soon as I find out what it is, by taking note of my desires and by asking others what they see in me and by trying out various things. I am to set myself to the lifelong task of keeping that gift busy (Ray Stedman).

Paul told Timothy, “Fan into flame that gift of God, which is in you” (2 Tim 1:6). That is exactly what you should do. You have a gift. The rest of the body needs it. You will be accountable for what you do with it. Use it so that one day you will hear Jesus say, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness” (Matt 25:21, 23) (James M Boice).

Romans 12:6-8 Put It Into Practice

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. How has God gifted you to build up your brothers and sisters?
  3. According to Romans 12:6, why do we all have different gifts? Why is diversity important in the body?
  4. Take a moment to define the seven gifts in Romans 12:6-8 and give examples of how you see this gift working in the church?
  5. Are the use of the gifts authoritative or is the Bible authoritative? Why does authority matter?
  6. How does viewing the church as an event attended once a week affect the way a person understands spiritual gifts?
  7. How does viewing the church as a family affect the way a person can use his/her gifts?
  8. Pray for God to use your gift, and the gifts of your brothers and sisters, to build up the church.

Romans 12:3-6 Put It Into Practice

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you today?
  2. What has God called and gifted me to do for the good of the church? Am I using the gift faithfully? How can I be more fruitful with the gift God has assigned?
  3. In what ways did you stir up your brothers and sisters to love and good works today?
  4. Are you a hyper-thinker (think too much and do too little) or are you a hypo-thinker (do too much and think too little)? How does this affect your family and this church?
  5. How do you keep from envying other members who have, what you perceive to be, greater gifts than yourself? Think about our common justification and our mutuality (1 Cor 12:21-26).
  6. What can you do to protect the unity of the body while encouraging the diverse use of gifts in the body?
  7. What lessons can you learn from your physical health? How do these relate to the church-body?

Spiritual Gifts

Working through Romans 12:3-8 for our Sunday gathering causes us to think about spiritual gifts and their purposes. There is much to sort out and say on these points. So, please pray for me.

In the mean time, what are the gifts and which one(s) do you have? Biblical lists of the gifts are recorded in Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:8-11; and 27-31. Read, reread, and study these gifts and their purposes in context. We must strive for clarity on the gifts AND their purposes.

LifeWay has produced a survey to help us consider possible giftings. You can find the survey here.  Work through the survey but do not do it alone. After marking your answers, get the input of a spiritually mature brother or sister. Talk these things out in light of Scripture. Remember, it is easy for each of us to think more highly of ourselves, and our gifts, than we ought to think.

The Resurrection has Implications

Click here to listen to the sermon audio from 4/1/2018

1 Corinthians 15:1-34 Questions

  1. In what way did God comfort, challenge, or correct you through his Word?
  2. What questions do you have about the resurrection of Jesus? To whom can you talk about these questions?
  3. Do you agree with this statement: truth is that which agrees with God? Why?
  4. If you believed the resurrection is a primary and fundamental truth concerning your life now and your future, how would your life change?
  5. Do you believe the resurrection of Jesus is verified truth? Why or why not?
  6. What do you think are the most important implications of the resurrection?
  7. How does the resurrection fuel gratitude in you now, and hope in you about the future?
  8. The desire for ease and comfort often distract us from the mission. How does remembering the resurrection of Christ keep us on track?
  9. Explain the ways you see 1 Corinthians 15:1-2 being worked out in this church? How can you encourage greater faithfulness in these things?