A brief glance at the headlines, and it’s clear, brokenness and pain abound in this world. The normal and natural response to the pain we experience and observe is to wonder what God is doing about it. Much can be said to this question, and essential to Scripture’s response is teaching about the body of Christ. When Jesus was physically present, he informed and demonstrated to his followers that he came to bring healing, restoration, freedom, and hope (Luke 4:14-30). Or put another way, the very reason he came was to address the brokenness we all experience. When preparing to return to the Father, he made known his intentions to his followers : “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (John 20:21). He would be sending them—and ultimately us—out to continue the work he had started. We would be his extension—his body—in a world in need of his healing touch. When writing to the church in Corinth, Paul made clear their unified purpose: “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:27). The “you” in this statement is plural. He is telling the church that collectively we make up the body of Christ in this world. By working together, we re-present Christ to each other and to the broken world that surrounds us. We are Christ’s hands and feet, and we are called and exhorted to continue the good work Christ started when he was here physically. This calls for wisdom and discernment in Christ’s followers. Scripture describes spiritual gifts given by the Spirit that signify the unique contribution we are each empowered to make. No one is asked or expected to be the entire body of Christ. We each have a part to play, and those who follow Christ will seek these gifts from God so they can maximize their impact in a world that desperately needs healing and reconciliation. As is seen throughout Scripture, the practice of uniquely gifting individuals is not entirely new at the time of Christ. Scripture records unique giftings given to God’s people throughout history. What is unique, though, is the clarity we now have about God’s mission and purpose in this world, and the invitation and expectation we have to fully participate in the hope and restoration God is bringing in and through his people.
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Signs You're Living It Out
Is aware of one’s spiritual gifts
Is developing and maturing one’s spiritual gifts
Knows the strengths and weaknesses associated with one’s spiritual gifts
Is aware of the spiritual gifts of those with whom they are engaged in the body of Christ
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This bible study gives a holistic look through Scripture at the Spiritual Gifts outcome. Engage thought provoking questions for individual reflection and then discuss them in your Life Group or Spiritual Running Partner relationships.
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Take a spiritual gift assessment to find out which gifts you show a propensity toward and to learn more about each gift. Consider taking this assessment online. This is a simplistic way to begin understanding your gifts. To get a more full understanding keep trying various ministry roles, get feedback... Read More
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Gifted--that’s you! Uniquely equipped to help build up the body of Christ. As a follower of Jesus, serving others is an integral part of your identity and an important key to your personal growth. But how do you cultivate a servant’s heart and your spiritual gifts in ways that build up your church,... Read More
Ask each person in your Life Group, Spiritual Running Partners, or at least 5 other growing Christ-followers what his or her spiritual gifts are. Ask them how they discovered this/these gifts about themselves. Then, ask that person what spiritual gifts he or she thinks you have and why.