Happy New Year!
1. It will be a good time to regroup and talk about our break – Christmas, New Year, and going back to school…
2. Participating in the 40 day FAST?
God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. 1 Corinthians 12:6
When we choose to follow Christ, God gives us unique spiritual gifts designed to help build up the church. We’re all a unique blend of gifts, and we have the opportunity to discover and use our gifts – otherwise, the church isn’t as healthy and complete as God desires. This week’s lesson will help our students learn more about the gifts God gives, including the spiritual gifts they may have been given.
1. All Christians have received spiritual gifts from God to help strengthen the church.
2. Youth have the opportunity to discover and use their spiritual gifts, so that they will start making a difference NOW rather than sitting on the sidelines.
3. Encourage your students to consider what spiritual gifts God has given them and to examine the ways their gifts could be used in ministry.
1 Corinthians 12:1-11, 28-31 and Ephesians 4:11-16
I will be breaking up the group with parent adult leaders for small group discussions. Here are the questions that we will going over. We will be answering them in a group.
1. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12:11 that the Holy Spirit decides which gits each Christian receives. How do you think the Spirit makes that decision? What criteria might go into that decision-making process?
2. How might God use the same spiritual gift in different ways? For example, various people may have the spiritual gift of teaching, but how might that gift be use in different settings?
3. In Ephesians 4:13-16, Paul says that when people serve and use their spiritual gifts, the body- in other words, the church – will become unified, mature, healthy, growing, and full of love. when have you seen examples of this?
4. Read Ephesians 4:11-16, Paul says the role of pastors isn’t to do the work of ministry – it’s to prepare us to do that work. How is this different from the way many people view the role of pastors?
5. How are you being prepared to do the work of ministry?
6. What do you need to nurture and develop the spiritual gifts God has given you? What has helped you grow in your gifts so far?
7. Look through the list of spiritual gifts from Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, 28 and Ephesians 4:11. What gifts do you think God may have given you and why?
8. If you already know or strongly believe you’ve been given certian spiritual gifts, how are you developing or using these gifts?
9. Look at the lists again. Choose a total of three spiritual gifts from these passages, and talk about the ways these gifts could benefit our small group, our youth ministry, or our congregation.
Will bring everyone back together to discuss some of the answers to these questions.