Knowing one’s spiritual gifts is a staring place. We must know the gifts God has given us, the way his Spirit has empowered us, so we can maximize our efforts by leaning into God’s strength and power. A spiritual gift is a tool, though, that can be used in a great many ways and a great many circumstances. The carpenter may be skilled in using a whole array of tools, but this does not mean the carpenter knows what he will build. He could build a house, a hospital, a restaurant, or a business. Likewise, the follower of Christ must be thoughtful and prayerful about their optimal place of impact. James, Peter, John, Paul, and Barnabas were all leaders in the early church. Galatians records, though, how they all recognized the unique contributions they were called upon to make: “James, Peter and John, those reputed to be pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the Jews.” (Galatians 2:9). Knowing our ministry is critical. A person may be a gifted teacher, but the spiritual gift of teaching can be exercised in countless formats. Likewise, the spiritual gift of administration can be used to organize oversight for a church or be used to organize the inner-workings of a relief effort to those impacted by a hurricane. To be sure, a person’s ministry may change over the years. God may best utilize a person in one season by directing them to one ministry and then later direct them to another. It’s also true that the way we often find our best ministry is by getting involved and trying things. At some point, though, the follower of Christ will have increased clarity and commitment to what he or she is called to do in that particular season. Scripture tells us “we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10). These good works may or may not be formal roles and responsibilities, but they will be known and embraced by those who do them. The authentic follower of Christ will take joy in focus and will make the most of the opportunity God has given to make a lasting and critical difference in the lives of others.
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Signs You're Living It Out
Consistently asks God for guidance toward maximum impact for his kingdom
Can articulate one’s calling
Has one’s calling affirmed by their community
Makes sacrifices of time, energy and resources for the ministry God has given them
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This bible study gives a holistic look through Scripture at the Ministry outcome. Engage thought provoking questions for individual reflection and then discuss them in your Life Group or Spiritual Running Partner relationships.
The entire arc of Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, puts God’s plan on display. God is neither aloof nor uninvolved. Scripture reveals a sophisticated but simple plan that begins with the Garden of Eden, crescendos... Read More
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In this wrap-up to the 60/60 experiment (Soul Revolution), John Burke gives a challenge to continue connecting to God on a moment-by-moment basis, and to use our gifts wisely. This message will hopefully be a reminder of... Read More
Few spiritual concepts have fascinated and confused people more than understanding God’s calling for their life. Is it primarily about a job or a role? It is precise or general? Is a calling only reserved for those who work in professional ministry? The truth is actually amazingly profound: What we... Read More
The Action Guide includes 35 exercises to develop the attitudes and actions of Jesus in your own life and the life of your group. It is a companion the book, Unshockable Love (formerly Mud and the Masterpiece, by John Burke). Ministry is not something to know, it is something to do. This action guide... Read More
JOURNAL & DISCUSS:
It was once said that “Incompetence may be the essential qualification for our participation in God’s work, because it keeps us humble and out of the way.” Consider your own incompetence for participating in God’s work. What scares you about engaging your calling? In what... Read More
Take this ministry assessment, used as a profiling instrument, to assist you in finding your ministry style in relation to the philosophy of the fivefold ministry of Ephesians 4 (Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Shepherds, Teachers). It has emerged from 10 years of practical application... Read More
In this wrap-up to the 60/60 experiment (Soul Revolution), John Burke gives a challenge to continue connecting to God on a moment-by-moment basis, and to use our gifts wisely. This message will hopefully be a reminder of your own 60/60 experiences, as well as encouragement to continue to continue making... Read More
What is the one aspect of this broken world that, when you see it, touch it, get near it, you just can't stand? Very likely, that firestorm of frustration reflects your holy discontent, a reality so troubling that you are thrust off the couch and into the game. Bill Hybels invites you to consider the... Read More
How do we live out the message of Jesus in today's ever-changing culture? The church is facing its greatest challenge---and its greatest opportunity---in our postmodern, post-Christian world. God is drawing thousands of spiritually curious 'imperfect people' to become his church---but how are we doing... Read More