Home Church: Serve One Another with Spiritual Gifts
THIS IS A SPECIAL "HOME CHURCH" MESSAGE FROM PASTOR KYLE DURING THIS TIME WITHOUT CHURCH SERVICES BEING HELD DUE TO COVID19.
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Hello Church Family,
Below is a Bible study for you to use for your “at home” church service this Sunday.
Praying for you all,
- Pastor Kyle
“Home Church” Bible Study Guide
Topic: Serve One Another with Spiritual Gifts
Open in prayer. Take this time to pray for one another, including any prayer requests that may have come down the prayer chain.
Sing some worship songs. Feel free to do this however you prefer, but below are some options for you, as well as YouTube links that you can sing along with.
Last Sunday we looked at serving one another out of love. This Sunday I’d like to take that a step further and look at serving one another with spiritual gifts.
Read 1 Peter 4:10-11
As verse 10 begins, we see that each believer has been given a spiritual gift, and we receive that gift at the moment of our salvation, whether we realize it at that time or not. Though our spiritual gift may be uniquely tailored by God to match our personality and natural abilities, these gifts are different than our talents and expertise. There are several good lists of spiritual gifts in the Bible, and we may have either one of them, or a combination of more than one. Either way, the gift God has given us is uniquely tailored for us and the specific work that God has prepared for us to do.
- According to the second part of verse 10 (also see Romans 12:6-8), what are we to be doing with our spiritual gift?
- According to the first part of verse 11, who’s strength are we to rely on in order to use our gifts effectively? What significance do you see in this?
- According to the second part of verse 11 (also see Matthew 6:1), who should we be trying to please? Why is this important?
Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
Paul’s comparison of the physical body to the body of Christ really helps bring our involvement in the church and the use of our spiritual gifts into correct perspective. I’m sure all of us can relate to what it’s like to have a part of our physical body impaired temporarily, or even permanently. Now compare that to the church body of Northside and how each us, as believers, has a crucial role in the function of the church.
- According to verse 18, how is each church body put together? What does that say about how I should view myself in the church that God has placed me in?
- According to verses 21-22, is any one person and their gift more important in the church than another? Why or why not?
- Imagine the internal parts of your body, like organs and glands. As long as they’re functioning properly, we pay no attention to them. But, as soon they begin to not do their job properly, the rest of the body suffers greatly. How can we, by not serving the body in the ways that God is leading each of us, cause the rest of the body to not function properly? Think of specific examples.
Read Romans 12:3-5
- Even though we should take our involvement in the church seriously by understanding the importance of each of our God given roles in the church, according to verse 3, how are we to view ourselves and the use of our gifts in the church? Describe what this should look like.
- Do you know what your spiritual gift is? If you aren’t sure yet what your spiritual gift is, that’s okay. In my earlier years as a believer, I had no idea that part of my spiritual gift was teaching, and I certainly didn’t think that God was going to call me to be a pastor. Sometimes we need to give Him time to grow us up before we’re ready to know what the fullness of our spiritual gift is and how we should be using it. However, there are a few things you should be doing in the meantime: grow spiritually, be serving wherever God is leading you to serve, and ask Him to reveal your gift to you in His timing.
- If you do know what your spiritual gift is, how are you intentionally using it?
- Sing a closing worship song: Turn You Eyes Upon Jesus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2ycj7XktUE
- Close in prayer.