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Leveraging your Life with God's Gift!

July 8, 2018

 


 

Leveraging your Life with God's Gift!

 

1 Peter 4:10-11

“10God has given each of you a giftfrom his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 11Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory toGod through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.”                           

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1.  God has given each of us a gift

 

2. We are called to be good stewards of God’s gift

 

“10God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them wellto serve one another. 11Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.”

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James 1:22-24

22But don’t just listento God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.

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3. We serve to bring glory to God

 

“10God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 11Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to Godthrough Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.”

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22Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind manto Him, and begged Him totouch him. 23So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything.

24And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.”

25Then He put His hands on his eyes againand made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.

 

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Week 3 - Leveraging Your Life with God’s Gift

 

This weekend’s message came from 1 Peter 4:10-11 about our giftedness and how we ae to use that for God’s glory in the building of His Kingdom. Think back to week one where we looked at the Great Commission from Matthew 28:19-20.  We are all gifted in different ways, Sunday’s message from 1 Pet. 4 although not exhaustive of all the ways in which we are gifted, even listed some of these specifically. God requires us to share the message of salvation to a lost and dying world. God views His divine calling as the preeminent Gift and how our specific skill set is a secondary gift used to establish and accomplish our main gift--our calling and redemption as children of God. The one commonality in both gifts is that there is a built in measure of sacrifice.  Look back at the passage from Sunday, 1 Pet. 4:10-11. Where do you see the presence of sacrifice in this passage?

 

In order to be a part of GOD’s divine calling and embrace the preeminent gift from our Father, the opportunity to be a part of His redemption plan in the lives of non-believers, we must be imitators of JESUS CHRIST.  We have no way of doing this on our own, apart from Him. JESUS left a detailed example of behavior for us to follow in the way we interact with non-believers. If we don’t follow the example of CHRIST, and imitate Him, there is little chance we will ever see the redemptive part of GOD’s divine mission/calling take place in the lives of others through our ministry.  Essentially, if we don’t imitate Christ, we will forfeit the an entire portion of God’s gift to us.

 

Have different people in the group look up the following verses.  Read them aloud and come up with a common theme of all of the verses.

1 Pet. 2:21, Matt. 5:48, 1 Pet. 1:14-16, Leviticus 11:44-45, 19:2

 

 

1.  Now as a group, turn to and read Eph. 5:1. Why do you think Paul includes the phrase “as beloved children”? How does being a beloved child help our ability to be an imitator of GOD?

 

 

2. In order to understand the importance of Eph.5:1 we must look at the context of Eph.4:31-32.  Turn there as a

 

 

3. What makes Eph.4:31-32 seem so difficult?

 

 

4. Why is Eph.5:1 essential Eph.4:31-32?

 

 

Following Eph.5:1 we see in v2-13 specific ways to be imitators of GOD.  Let’s look at them as a group.

 

 

5. What behavior of CHRIST’s do we see in v2 that we should mimic?

 

 

 

6. What behavior of CHRIST’s do we see in v3-5 that we should mimic?

 

 

 

7. What behavior of CHRIST’s do we see in v6-7 that we are called to mimic?

 

 

8. Finally, what can we see in v8-13 that we need to mimic as we seek to be imitators of GOD.

 

 

 

Impact Statement

GOD sees His divine calling as a Gift to His children.  God sees His plan of redemption for non-believers, and as a blueprint for His children to follow. In order to be a part of GOD’s divine calling in the lives of non-believers, we must be imitators of JESUS CHRIST.  We have no way of doing this on our own, apart from Him. JESUS left a detailed example of behavior for us to follow in the way we interact with non-believers. If we don’t follow the example of CHRIST, and imitate Him, there is little chance we will ever see the redemptive part of GOD’s divine mission/calling take place in the lives of others through our ministry.  We must follow CHRIST’s example of love (Eph.5:2) and moral purity (5:3-5) in order to truly and fully embrace God’s gift to us!

 

 

 

 

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