Every child of God is filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, specially gifted to play a unique and valued role in the body of Christ. No one is without gift or purpose.
Spiritual gifts are not our talents or skills. They are the grace of God at work within us, empowering us to match our deep passions with the world’s deep need. The gifts are given to individuals, but they are given to build and strengthen community and to meet the needs of those around us.
Begin the journey. Discover your gifts. Talk about your gifts with others. Strive together to understand your gifts and how you can use them to serve God, neighbor, and world. You have been gifted. You have been given a purpose.
For more go to: http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/spiritual-gifts
Let us begin the new year by exploring and claiming our spiritual gift(s). If you don't think you have a spiritual gift, consider Paul's words in Romans 12:5-6. “In the same way, though there are many of us, we are one body in Christ, and individually we belong to each other. We have different gifts that are consistent with God's grace that has been given to us.” In fact, I encourage you to read all of Romans 12. Throughout his writing (Romans, 1 Corinthians,
Galatians, Ephesians), Paul emphasized that all who are saved by faith have been endowed with a gift of the Spirit. Ephesians 2:8-10 “You are saved by God's grace because of your faith. This salvation is God's gift. It's not some-thing you possessed. It's not something you did that you can be proud of. Instead, we are God's accomplishment, created in Christ Jesus to do great things. God planned for these good things to be the way that we live our lives.” Paul often compared the church to the body, with many parts that must each work together carrying out their individual purpose in order that the whole may THRIVE.
Therefore, in order for Trinity UMC to THRIVE, we must each claim our gift and use it for the good of the whole body. At this point, if you are still reading, you might be saying to yourself – I'm not gifted, I'm too old, I'm too young, I'm too busy, I'm not talented, I don't have the energy, I can't get out much, I'm shy, I don't know enough, I'm not good enough. Enough! God has given you a gift and the ability to use it at this stage of your life, whatever that might be. Gifts are not necessarily limited to the list that Paul gave in his letters (Romans 12:6-8; I Corinthians 12:4-11, 27-31; Ephesians 4:11-12): 1. Teaching; 2. Witness/evangelism; 3. Serving/helping; 4. Interpretation, 5. Speaking in tongues; 6. Leadership; 7. Wisdom/Understanding; 8. Pastoring; 9. Giving; 10. Preaching/prophecy; 11. Miracles; 12. Discerning true and false spirits; 13. Encouragement/exhortation,; 14. Knowledge; 15. Kindness/ compassion; 16. Healing; 17. Faith; 18. Administration; 19. Apostleship.
In the list below, check 2 to 4 items that you think you are good at. No more, no less. Then match it with the
spiritual gift above. (from Each One a Minister by William J. Carter)
_____ 1. Explaining things to people
_____ 2. Telling others about the faith
_____ 3. Tending to other people's needs
_____ 4. Helping people understand one another
_____ 5. Communicating in dramatic ways
_____ 6. Taking charge when needed
_____ 7. Understanding the meaning of things
_____ 8. Making people feel cared for
_____ 9. Giving graciously
_____10.Speaking before groups
_____11.Making unusual things happen
_____12.Identifying religious fraud
_____13.Encouraging and supporting others
_____14.Gathering and using information
_____15.Listening and/or acting sympathetically
_____16.Helping people become healthy
_____17.Maintaining calm in times of stress
_____18.Arranging meetings or programs
_____19.Leading beyond the local church
_____20.Singing, playing an instrument, art
What gift or gifts of the Spirit did you discover? We each have been given one or more gifts by God. Claiming our gift is the beginning of true ministry! None of us can have all gifts that are necessary for the Church to THRIVE. Each of our gifts is needed for our Church to be successful. What gift do you have to offer? Maybe your gift is not even on this list. Claim it! Next month we will explore more in-depth definitions for the gifts and the ways they might be used to make our church even better. You can do an online Spiritual Gifts self-assessment at http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/spiritual-gifts
Please contact Pastor Kristie or me if you are interested in further discussion. Jane Whitaker, email@example.com