Dr. E. Dale Locke, Rev. Trevor Johnston, and Pastor Efrain Silva
Sermon Series: Scatter
Week 3: You Have One Job
English PDF file for printing: 11-17-2019
Para imprimir el archivo PDF en Español: 17 de noviembre de 2019
1. Share with your group what your first job was and what your responsibilities were.
2. Continue to memorize the theme verse for this sermon series – Luke 10:2: “Jesus told them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’”
3. Read from Paul’s letter to the Christians in Corinth – 1 Corinthians 12:1-11:
“Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.”
What questions or comments come to your mind as you read this passage?
Don’t Be Uninformed!
4. Why is it important that we know about our spiritual gifts and about God’s plan regarding how gifts work?
5. A spiritual gift is a manifestation or endowment given to you by the Holy Spirit at salvation that deepens your faith and fulfills Christ’s mission. If you know what your spiritual gifts are, share about them with your group.
6. If you’re not sure what your spiritual gifts are, ask your group members what they think your gifts might be. 1 Corinthians 12 includes a partial list, but there are also other spiritual gifts besides these. For a list of all the gifts mentioned in the New Testament, look at our S.H.A.P.E. Spiritual Gifts Assessment (found at communityofhope.church/shape). This tool will also help you determine what your gifts are.
7. In the S.H.A.P.E. acronym that our church uses to help people decide how they should serve, S=Spiritual Gifts; H=Heart or passion; A=Abilities; P=Personality; E=Experiences. Have each person in your group share about their own personal S.H.A.P.E. going through the …H.A.P.E. of that acronym.
Don’t Be Like Everyone Else!
8. Look at verses 4-6. Note that Paul mentions each of the three persons of the Trinity here. Why do you think Paul chose to refer to the Trinity while explaining that our gifting and serving areas are different from each other?
9. Notice in verse 7, that everyone’s spiritual gifts are intended to be used for “the common good.” Consider your own spiritual gifts. How could your spiritual gifts be used for the good of others?
Don’t Be Denied!
10. Justin Whitmel Earley in his book, The Common Rule said: “What if the good life doesn’t come from having the ability to do what we want but from having the ability to do what we’re made for?” What did he mean by that?