This morning, I began a series “Gifted and Talented: Discovering Our Place in God’s Kingdom Work”. I preached through Romans 12:3-8 and introduced or reintroduced the ministry gifts. I stressed the importance of every person possessing a God-given gift or set of gifts to be used for His glory. I encouraged them to take the inventory I will include below and have had several since our worship time text the results to me. That makes for one excited pastor! Click the link below to find out how you rate:
Here are the ministry gifts defined:
EXHORTATION: Rom. 12:8 – to come along side of someone with words of encouragement, comfort, consolation, and counsel to help them be all God wants them to be (Greek Word: paraklesis – calling to one’s side)
GIVING: Rom. 12:8 – to share what material resources you have with liberality and cheerfulness without thought of return
LEADERSHIP: Rom. 12:8 – to stand before the people in such a way as to attend to the direction of the body with such care and diligence so as to motivate others to get involved in the accomplishment of these goals
MERCY: Rom. 12:8 – to be sensitive toward those who are suffering, whether physically, mentally, or emotionally, so as to feel genuine sympathy with their misery, speaking words of compassion but moreso caring for them with deeds of love to help alleviate their distress
SERVICE: Rom. 12:7 – to identify undone tasks in God’s work, however menial, and use available resources to get the job done (Greek Word: diakonia – deacon, attendant ‘diako’=to run errands)
I would love to hear about your ministry gift(s). You will most likely score high on a few. If I can help you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me. I love to equip people to see their God-given potential and excel in that. If you’re not using your gifts, you still have time while there is still breath in you. No minute used for Jesus is ever wasted!