September 25 – October 1

Weekly Reading for September 25 – October 1

Preparing for Next Week’s Message

Sermon Series: Equipped
Sermon Title: Growing, Developing, and Using Your Gifts

This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on October 2, 2016:


Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon

Sermon Series: Equipped
Sermon Title: So Many Gifts
Delivered On: September 25, 2016

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Memorize and Reflect

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. ([bible]Romans 12:6[/bible])


Prayer Direction

Ask God to help you discover your gift or gifts for ministry. Commit to develop and use your gifts for His glory. Pray for a humble heart as you serve Jesus and use the gifts He has given you.


“Live It!” Challenge

Spiritual Gift Investigation - Once you have taken the spiritual gifts assessment, commit to contact Shoreline’s Connections Director and find a time to meet with a church leader and discuss some of the ways your gifts might be used to glorify God, strengthen the church, and impact the world with the love of Jesus.


Small Group Discussion

  1. What are reasons it is hard for some Christians to say, “I have gifts and God is glorified as I use them”? What are some of the things that can keep us from fully embracing and using the gifts God has given us?

  2. What spiritual gift (or gifts) do you have? How have you used the gifts God has given you for His glory?

  3. What are new ways you believe God wants you to use the gifts He has given you, and how can your group members encourage you and pray for you as you seek to be faithful in following God’s call to serve Him with your gifts?

  4. Read: Ephesians 4:11 and Romans 12:6-8 Tell about a person in your life who has embraced their spiritual gift and humbly used it in great ways for Jesus. How has God worked in and through this person and how does their example inspire you?

  5. Pick one of the following gifts and talk about why it is so important for people in the church to develop and use it. How is the church made stronger when people use this gift with deep commitment and genuine humility?
    · Compassion
    · Discernment
    · Encouragement
    · Giving
    · Leadership
    · Service
    · Teaching

  6. Choose one of the following gifts and talk about ways a Christian can develop and strengthen this gift in their life so they can use it more effectively for God’s glory:
    · Administration
    · Apostolic
    · Evangelism
    · Faith
    · Hospitality
    · Intercession
    · Pastoring

  7. How would a local church be weaker and less effective if there were no people exercising one of the following gifts:
    · Administration
    · Compassion
    · Discernment
    · Giving
    · Pastoring
    · Service

  8. What are some ways you can encourage, affirm, and bless specific people in your church who are serving faithfully and using their God-given gifts to strengthen your church? What action will you take as an individual or as a group to bless some specific people?

  9. What are reasons it is hard for some Christians to say, “I have gifts and God is glorified as I use them”? What are some of the things that can keep us from fully embracing and using the gifts God has given us?

  10. What spiritual gift (or gifts) do you have? How have you used the gifts God has given you for His glory?

  11. What are new ways you believe God wants you to use the gifts He has given you, and how can your group members encourage you and pray for you as you seek to be faithful in following God’s call to serve Him with your gifts?

  12. Read: Ephesians 4:11 and Romans 12:6-8 Tell about a person in your life who has embraced their spiritual gift and humbly used it in great ways for Jesus. How has God worked in and through this person and how does their example inspire you?

  13. Pick one of the following gifts and talk about why it is so important for people in the church to develop and use it. How is the church made stronger when people use this gift with deep commitment and genuine humility?
    · Compassion
    · Discernment
    · Encouragement
    · Giving
    · Leadership
    · Service
    · Teaching

  14. Choose one of the following gifts and talk about ways a Christian can develop and strengthen this gift in their life so they can use it more effectively for God’s glory:
    · Administration
    · Apostolic
    · Evangelism
    · Faith
    · Hospitality
    · Intercession
    · Pastoring

  15. How would a local church be weaker and less effective if there were no people exercising one of the following gifts:
    · Administration
    · Compassion
    · Discernment
    · Giving
    · Pastoring
    · Service

  16. What are some ways you can encourage, affirm, and bless specific people in your church who are serving faithfully and using their God-given gifts to strengthen your church? What action will you take as an individual or as a group to bless some specific people?

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