Your Uniqueness and the Local Church!
1 Corinthians 12:4-7; 14
4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many." (1 Corinthians 12:4-7; 14, ESV)
4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.
7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good
14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many."
"You were made for mutually self-giving, others directed love. Self-centeredness only destroys the fabric of what God has made." ~ Tim Keller
"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace." (1 Peter 4:10, ESV)
17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as He chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? (1 Corinthians 12:17-19, ESV)
" 23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ." (Colossians 3:23-24, ESV)
"23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life." (Psalm 139:23-24, ESV)
Each year the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) publishes a report on job satisfaction among working adults in the United States. The most recent report shows the following:
Only 34% of American workers think their current job effectively utilizes their individual skills and abilities
Only 36% say they are happy with the work they are doing
Only 35% say that the job they are doing is meaningful.
This means that nearly 65% of Americans go to their job every day and are unhappy with their job because it either doesn’t utilize their skills or isn’t meaningful to them!
What about your job? As a group, discuss whether these percentages are representative of your perspective? Ask the attendees to explain their answers. Remember these responses. We will come back to them later.
Ask someone in the group to read Matthew 25:14-25 and then use the following questions to help guide your group discussion:
In this parable, illustrated by Jesus, who do you think the property owner represents? Why? Who do you think the servants represent? Why? In this parable the term “talent” refers to a type of money. Today in the English language the use of the term “talent” is used to describe an ability or gift a person possesses. When we think of the term “talent” comes from this parable, Jesus teaches that our “talents” are something to be shared and not suppressed. With this in mind, why do you think the master gave unequal talents to each servant? Do you think this was fair? Why or why not?
Who did the talents ultimately belong to? Is this important? Why or why not?
When the master returned what was his main concern?
What was the reward for the faithfulness of the first two servants? What was the punishment for the third servant? Why do you think the punishment was so severe?
The point of Jesus’ parable was to point out that individual members of His Church have a responsibility to take the gifts (talents) that he has given them, and put them to work.
Now, refer back to the results from the SHRM survey shared at the beginning of this lesson and discuss the following:
Do you think the talents Jesus referred to in this parable refer to what you do for a living (your job), your work in the church (for God’s kingdom), or both? Explain your answer.
If you are in the 65% of people who dislike what they do, does that mean you are wasting all of your talents? Can a person be dissatisfied with their job yet still use their talents for building God’s Kingdom? If so, how?
As a group take a moment and have each person discuss what they believe to be the talent God has given them to build His Church, His Kingdom.
Lastly, discuss how your Life Group can take your individual talents and use them to build God’s kingdom through the ministry of CrossPointe Church.