Part 2

Paul outlines in Romans 12:1-8 the Christian way of thinking concerning spiritual gifts ... read Romans 12:1-8.

Three practical suggestions may help you recognize and use your spiritual gift. And to help you remember it I want you to think of 3-D. 3D is real and tangible, just as real and tangible as these three "D-suggestions:"

  1. Devote yourself to God in worship - (Romans 12:1-3) Offer yourself to God as a living sacrifice, out of gratitude for His mercies to you. Think of what it means to offer, to devote a sacrifice to God ...

  2. Develop Serious Relationships with other Christians (Nurturing & Growing) - Submit to others in friendship and accountability (Romans 12:4-5) In verses 4 and 5, Paul calls Christians to think communally. Spiritual gifts must be understood and practiced in the context of the body of Christ. So it makes sense that they would be discerned and discovered by others too. There are some Christians who have this gift of recognizing what others are gifted to do. (Christian Empowerment) Spiritual gifts mean that I am both weak and strong. I am strong in the area of my gift; I am weak in the areas where others have been gifted. Thus, I must minister to the body of Christ and others out of my strength, and I am dependent upon the ministry of the rest of the body in my areas of weakness.
    For the proper functioning of spiritual gifts, we must cease thinking individualistically and begin to think like a community. We cannot look at ourselves as an island, independent of all others. That's the spirit behind at least two of our goals - (Increase in Love and Godly Behavior - Nurture Spiritual Growth and Holiness)
    What's Happening at West-Ark? - Talk to others, talk to minister, ask elders to pray for you - try it!
    Who do you spend your time with? Think of the people you gather around you? Who do you pray with? In What's Happening at West-Ark, you can look at the FAQ that says "How can I grow?" Get involved in these activities to grow and be spiritually nurtured and give it time.

  3. Dedicate Time Serving others - (v. 6-8)
    In verses 7 and 8, Paul urges those who have the speaking gifts to likewise devote themselves to doing that which they have been gifted to do. But why tell a teacher to teach or a servant to serve? Isn't it just natural? Our natural tendency is to be self-centered and self-serving. Paul assumes two potential problems when it comes to spiritual gifts: 1) The first is not devoting ourselves to doing that which God gifted us to do; 2) The second is using our gifts in a way inconsistent with the grace of God.
    Using Your Gift to Glorify God - by speaking for God and serving others. This can be mundane, not just miraculous! Look for needs, and seek to meet them. When a gift is used for God and to help others it is no longer mundane. Simple things become great. What may seem routine medicine to us, is a mighty work in Medical Mission field. We tend to think that miraculous means defiance of the natural laws, but I tend to think it means defiance of the natural way we humans do things in this world. When a gift is given in the name of Jesus, it is wondrous - and perhaps in that way miraculous.

I am convinced that the matter of spiritual gifts is not as mysterious as some suggest and as it might seem at first. If you have first given yourself to God, and you are seeking to obey Him in the strength He supplies, you will know what He has given you to do, and you will have the faith and the grace necessary to do it.

Jesus said that the one that gives a cup of cold water. "And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded." - Matthew 10:42. Maybe it's just that simple.

Chris Benjamin

West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, AR
Morning Sermon, 5 December 2004

Making Disciples for Jesus Who Are Eager to Serve Others
Notes for the Sermon – "Recognizing Spiritual Gifts and Using Them to Glorify God" – Part 2
December 5, 2004

Recognizing Your Spiritual Gifts in 3-D:
    • D______________ yourself to God in w_____________.

    • D______________ n_____________ relationships with other Christians.

    • D______________ time and effort s_____________ others.

  1. D_______________ Yourself to God in W_____________. (Rom. 12:1-3)

    • F____________ on Jesus and the Cross

    • "Renewing of your mind" = Adopt a spiritual, biblical w__________________.

  2. D_______________ n______________ relationships with other Christians. (12:4-5)

    • I_____________ love and godly behavior

    • Nurture spiritual growth and h_________________.

    • What’s Happening at West-Ark? (How can I grow as a disciple of Jesus?)
      Answer these for later thought and discussion:
      1. Who mentors you? Who do you mentor?_______________________________
      2. Who do you pray with? _______________________________
      3. Who do you spend time with? _______________________________

  3. D________________ time and effort s__________________ others. (12:6-8)

    • R____________ your spiritual gift(s) and u______ it/them to glorify God by ...

      • Serving others

      • L________ for needs and s_________ to meet them

      • What’s Happening at West-Ark?

      • "How Can I Serve Others?"

Making Disciples for Jesus Who Are Eager to Serve Others
"Recognizing Spiritual Gifts and Using Them to Glorify God" – Part 2
Driving It Home Discussion Guide
December 5, 2004

  1. Read Romans 12:1-8.

  2. What does it mean to offer yourself as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God?

  3. How does the encounter with God in worship change us? How does our submission to the Lordship of Christ change us? How do we demonstrate that when we gather to worship?

  4. Does worship contribute to your worldview? Give a specific example.

  5. Living the Lesson Application: Would you like God’s help to recognize your spiritual gift? Why don’t you ask for it in worship by coming before the congregation and before God? (Do we think that the "invitation" is only for baptism and reconciling "sinners?" Why do we think that? Is that valid?) Have you ever asked an elder, minister, or a Christian brother or sister to help you recognize your spiritual gift? If yes, how did that help you? In no, what prevents you?

  6. Who are the people that mentor you or have mentored you? How did they help you grow spiritually? How did they help you recognize your spiritual gifts?

  7. Living the Lesson Application: Did you get a copy of What’s Happening at West-Ark? Are you involved in a ministry that nurtures you? If not, how are you nurtured as a Christian?

  8. Who do you nurture? In what ways has God equipped you to build up other Christians? (Consider how even your mistakes and misfortunes can be used by God to help others).

  9. Read Romans 12:6-8 and 1 Peter 4:10-11. Why does God give us spiritual gifts? Who do you serve and what gift do you use?

  10. Living the Lesson Application: You can serve others in everyday ways. Would you like to get involved in a ministry serving others? Look in What’s Happening at West-Ark? Who do you need to contact and offer your help?

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Chris Benjamin

West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, AR
Morning Sermon, 5 December 2004

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