Session 4 – Shaped to Serve


~ The Body of Christ ~



In preparation for this week’s D-Group:
Memorize and Meditate on 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:11-13



Spiritual Gifts

God has given each believer a spiritual gift to use for His glory. He wants us to be involved with His work. God is so gracious that by His Holy Spirit He freely distributes gifts to all who are saved. He not only wants us to know our spiritual gifts, but He expects us to grow in them each day.
Ephesians 4:7 “But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.”
Also in 1 Corinthians 12:7, it says “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” Then in verse 11 it states “But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.”
So it is clear that each Christian has a spiritual gift for the common good of the church. 

Why do we have spiritual gifts at all?

In Acts 1:8, Jesus says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
Here He is sharing with us a primary purpose of the gifts of the Spirit: to give the church power in order to preach Christ to the entire world. 
Second, the apostle Paul says another purpose of the gifts is to equip the church for “building up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12). He also reminds us in 1 Corinthians 14:12 that, “So also you, since you are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek to abound for the edification of the church.” Therefore, our goal should be to establish, build, and uplift the church with our gifts.
If you are a Christian and are not serving in some way, the church as a whole suffers. The church is called the “body of Christ” for a reason. We are connected by our faith in Jesus Christ and sealed by the Holy Spirit.  Being members of the body, we need to work together.
In 1 Corinthians 12:12, it says, “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” And in verse 14, “For the body is not one member, but many.” 
Each of us is a specific body part. In verse 26, “And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.”  Paul affirms the importance of each member and their contribution to the body of Christ. 
God wants to use you! 
He has chosen you for the purpose of doing great things for Him. 
In Ephesians 2:10 it says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” God already has plans for you. He wants you to listen to His calling and make yourself available to serve. Not only that, He expects you to use the gifts as a faithful steward to build up the kingdom of God.
S – Spiritual Gifts – What has God supernaturally gifted me to do? 
H – Heart – What do I have passion for and love to do? 
A – Abilities – What natural talents and skills do I have? 
P – Personality – Where does my personality best suit me to serve? 
E – Experiences – What spiritual experiences have I had? What painful experiences have I had? What educational experiences have I had? What ministry experiences have I had? 

Accountability (10 Minutes)

Each disciple to share one insight or lesson learned from his/her devotion in the last week.
Share about a prayer that God answered.

Bible Discussion (20 Minutes)

1. As you study I Corinthians 12, what are the functions and purpose of spiritual gifts bestowed upon God’s people? Share your insights.
2. Investigate Romans 12:4-5 and Ephesians 4:11-13.
Share your insights and how the body of Christ has many parts but we all belong to one body build up the kingdom of God (Church)?  Is there a tension between unity verses diversity?

Life Transformation (20 Minutes)

1. In what way can you see yourself passionately serving others and loving it? Do you know your spiritual gifting? How are you using it?
2. Do you feel that you are giving your all in fulfilling the call from God to serve His church? If not, what is holding you back?
3. How can you seek constructive feedback to improve your ministry and service to build up God’s church?  

Intercessory Prayer (10 Minutes)

  1. To discover my SHAPE for ministry and do it passionately.
  2. Submission.
  3. To embrace God’s call to ministry.
Help members to discover their spiritual gifts in a more wholistic function using the SHAPE profile.  It is the combination of the heart’s attitude, the personality’s trait of that person,  the natural abilities and talents God has blessed the individual and the cumulated life experiences and exposure the person has accumulated that makes him use-able to build up the kingdom of God.  
In the different seasons of a Christian’s life and the needs of the church, God’s Spirit will give gifts in accordance with His design and plan.  We are to be faithful recipients of these gifts to be used, not for our glory, but for the glory of God.
**Additional Resources
  1. Spiritual Gifts
  2. Spiritual Gift Assessment
  3. Sabbath School- Spiritual Gifts