From Class on January 26, 2020
[ Full Gift List Descriptions ]
[ Extended Teaching Notes From Today’s Slides ]
[ Nine Gifts in the KGBC Inventory ]
We at King’s Grant Baptist Church are developing an equipping culture, which means that each member of the body of Christ will best function and serve based upon the strengths they discover by knowing how God has gifted them spiritually.
It is not a big, dark secret. It’s all about discovering how God has wired us so that we will serve, work, and minister in our strengths.
Discover your gift by using this simple spiritual gifts inventory, which is a free online tool where you answered 108 questions and choose the response that bests fits you!
This “Get Started” link takes you directly to the King’s Grant Baptist Church profile, and the results will be compiled as a group. Your staff will discover along with you the strengths you possess. Our hope is that you will find a place of service and ministry where you will exercise your giftedness with a certain ease and effectiveness.
Please REGISTER at the end of the inventory, giving at the very least your e-mail address and name. You will get promotional e-mails from the “Church Growth” company but PLEASE feel free to UNSUBSCRIBE from their list. Doing so will not delete your inventory from the KGBC database
Four Areas in Need of Balance: (from the Team Philosophy of Ministry)
Leadership: Every follower of Jesus needs to know three things to have a successful ministry. Once knowing these things, leaders can develop a strategy to make a significant impact on the culture and community around them.
- Who am I? – my calling, spiritual gifts, personality, strengths, and weaknesses.
- Who is in my circle of influence? – knowing their spiritual gifts, strengths, weaknesses, desires, fears, and burdens.
- What is the uniqueness of my surrounding community? – knowing the cultural values, traits, problems, population, and religious affiliations.
Community: here is where we desire for newcomers to the church to feel welcome and connect to the church. If someone does not get involved in a small group within two weeks, statistics tells us that they will likely become a church dropout. We must understand that there is a three-way relationship involved.
- The newcomers and the individual members.
- The newcomers with the congregation.
- The newcomers with Jesus Christ.
After these relationships are established, there are five areas of needed development that help keep people connected.
- Basic Doctrine – receive instruction to be grounded in the faith.
- Christian Family – know and carry out what each member needs to do within the congregation.
- Biblical Stewardship – know how to effectively manage our God-given resources.
- Active Involvement in the Church – church is a team sport and no one is designed to sit on the sidelines. We are to use the gift God has given to us to carry out his mission in the world.
- Evangelism – there is a place for evangelism in every believer because we are called to be his witnesses (Acts 1:8, 1 Peter 3:15). That is why a discipleship process in the church is so important.
Member Involvement: our giftedness is not just about finding our place of service in the body of Christ. Here are eight reasons we must understand how spiritual gifts relate to your life as a Christian. [ read more ]
- Knowing your gift will help you understand the will of God in your life.
- Knowing your gift will help you understand how the Holy Spirit works through you.
- Knowing your gift will give you a better understand of what God has NOT called you to.
- Knowing your gift will be release you from serving out of guilt or duty.
- Knowing your gift will fill a deep inner need or void in your life.
- Knowing your gift will build unity in the body of Christ.
- Knowing your gift equips you to fulfill God’s purpose in your life.
- Knowing your gift will add to you self-acceptance.
Evangelism: we are not only to seek and save the lost, but also nurture believers toward maturity. Evangelism best takes place in the context of existing relationships.
Discovering Your Spiritual Gift:
- When we are a disciple of Jesus Christ, we must get involved with other people and embrace God’s mission for the world and design in my life. (1 Corinthians 12:12-31, Ephesians 4:12-16)
- Generally, a person’s gift lies in the area in which his interests lie and where he can most easily exercise faith with a certain ease and effectiveness.
The “Be-attitudes” in Discovering Your Spiritual Gift:
- Be informed: research the gifts and know the parameters of each.
- Be open: do not zero in on one gift in exclusion of all others; Paul encourages to desire the greater gifts (1 Corinthians 12:31).
- Be available: be willing to try things even if you feel you can’t do it; exercise builds strength.
- Be sensitive: evaluate the effect of your gift upon others; we are all wired uniquely.
- Be sensible: do not force yourself to fit into a particular gift, or avoid others.
Regarding tongues and the interpretation of tongues as spiritual gifts, these gifts were used to help establish the early church and ceased to exist after the apostles died. This theory is called cessationism.