Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Escape Your Island - "Knowing and Using Your Spiritual Gifts - Part 2"

You can escape your island of isolation and build the kind of community you've been longing for.

Icebreaker Question: What is something that most people don’t know about you?

Where is it Written?
Compare the lists in Romans 12:6–8, and 1 Corinthians 12:8–10. What differences do you notice between them?

For each of the gifts listed in Romans 12:6-8 list ways those gifts could be used to serve God’s work in the world. (For example, what are ways that someone with the gift of encouragement could use that gift?)

How Goes Your Walk?
How are you using your Spiritual Gifts now? How are you hoping to grow in your use of your gifts?

Reviewing Our Time Together in This Series:
Where are your “Need Meters” now? (Mark the appropriate place on the scale for each.)

I Feel Encouraged Empty -------- Full
I Feel Confident Empty -------- Full
I Feel Supported Empty -------- Full
I Feel Joyful Empty -------- Full

How do your "meters" today compare to when our Connection Group started?

Attributes This Series Has Been Developing:
Give a 1-5 rating for each attribute based on how true each statement is for you today.
(1 = not true. 5 =very true.)

_____ I put Christ first in my life.
_____ I feed myself spiritually daily.
_____ I invest in Christian friendship.
_____ I am honest with myself and others.
_____ I know and apply my Spiritual Gifts.

What attribute did you give the highest rating to? Why? How does this compare to when our Connection Group started?

Monday, October 22, 2018

Escape Your Island - "Discovering and Using Your Spiritual Gifts - Part 1"

You can escape your island of isolation and build the kind of community you've been longing for.

Icebreaker Question: What is an unusual skill you have?

Where is it Written?
Read Romans 12:6–8, 1 Corinthians 12:8–10, 1 Corinthians 12:28, Ephesians 4:11& 1 Peter 4:11.
Make a list of the Spiritual Gifts listed. Some are lists of spiritually empowered attributes. Other lists are of roles within the church. What do you notice about these lists?

In your own words, how would you define a Spiritual Gift? Why does God give these gifts to the Church? Does every Christian have a gift?

What might you say to a Christian who told you that they think they have little or nothing to contribute to God’s work in the church?

How Goes Your Walk?
What have trusted people told you that you are good at?
What have Spiritual Gifts assessment tests told you might be your gifts?
What you think are your gifts?
How might you use these gifts to advance God’s work in the world?
What, if anything, is holding you back from using these gifts?

Monday, October 15, 2018

Escape Your Island - "Completely Humble"

You can escape your island of isolation and build the kind of community you've been longing for.

Icebreaker Question: What is an embarrassing moment you remember from Middle School or Jr. High?

Where is it Written?
Read Romans 12:3-5, Philippians 2:1-12, James 4:6-10 and 1 Peter 5:5-6.
What do these passages teach us about humility? How is this different than what we might usually think about humility? How would you define humility in your own words?

Read Ephesians 4:1-7. What connections does this passage make between calling, community, humility, and unity?

How Goes Your Walk?
Do you find it hard to let others know about your needs and limitations? Why or why not?

Read each of the following phrases. Rate each on a scale of 1-5. (1= Easy for me to say 5= Hard for me to say.)
What comes more easily? What do you find harder? Why?
I need help. ______
I can’t/ won’t do that for you. _____
I am good at ___. ______
I’m sorry. _____
In what aspects of humility are you most wanting to grow?

Biblical Humility Means:
*Knowing I need God’s help AND thanking God for the grace and gifts He’s given me.
*Not exaggerating, hiding, denying or concealing God’s gifts in me.
*Saying sorry when I make mistakes AND acknowledging God’s good work through me.

*Because I am secure in who I am in Christ, I can build others up.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Escape Your Island - "Feed Yourself First"

You can escape your island of isolation and build the kind of community you've been longing for. You can meet the needs around you without getting depleted yourself if you know this essential daily survival skill.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Escape Your Island - "Need Meters and Need Meeters"

You can escape your island of isolation and build the kind of community you've been longing for. 

With God's help, we can lean on Jesus and let Him meet our deepest needs and become better to help meet the needs of others.