Series: Your Part Matters

How To Deploy Your Spiritual Gift(s)

Dig In Questions:

1) Read Ephesians 6:12. How often do you think about this battle? What role do you believe spiritual gifts play in it?

2) In his book The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis discusses how one of Satan’s goals is to make Christians apathetic about their faith. What characteristics do you believe are reflected in spiritual apathy? How can spiritual gifts fight against this?

3) Theologian David Wells once wrote, “The Church has become a place to come and receive religious services and goods. If people’s needs are not met, they will begin Church shopping.” What are some ways you’ve seen consumerism creep into the American Church?

4) Read Matthew 20:1-16. What principles of this parable can you directly apply to your life?

5) Read Matthew 9:35-38. Do you believe that there are any valid reasons for the “workers to be few”/not using the spiritual gift that God has given you?

6) How do you plan to use your spiritual gifts to build up the body of Christ (The Church)? Contact pastors@forkchristian.org to get plugged in!

How to Discover Your Spiritual Gift(s)

Dig In Questions:

Read the spiritual gift sections in Romans 12, 1 Cor. 12, & Ephesians 4

1) Why is it important that all believers strive to discover the way God has gifted them?

2) How would you explain the difference between spiritual gifts and natural talents/abilities? How can God use your natural talents and abilities to help others?

3) Read Galatians 5:22-23. How would you explain the difference between spiritual gifts and the fruits of the spirit?

4) On Sunday, we discussed a few different ways to discover your spiritual gift(s): prayer, living in community with other believers, trial and error, and spiritual gift surveys. How can each of these help you to discover your spiritual gift(s)?

5) Go to forkchristian.org/spiritualgifts to take your “Team Gifts” survey and look for ways to use your gift(s) in the Church!

The Importance Of All Gifts

Dig In Questions:

Read 1 Corinthians 12:1, 12:4-7, & 12:12-27

1) Up to this point in your life, what has your experience been regarding spiritual gifts?

2) According to the Barna Research Group, nearly 25% of believers don’t believe they have been given a spiritual gift. How do you think this could negatively effect a believer’s individual life and also the impact and effectiveness of the church?

3) On Sunday, we discussed how spiritual gifts are distributed by God’s choosing, not ours. Is it easy for you to accept that God decides your spiritual gifting, not yourself? Why do you feel this way?

4) Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-3. Why does the lack of love disqualify the impact of our spiritual gifts?

5) Which role or gift within the Church have you been overlooking the value and importance of? Think of a person with this role/gift in the church - how can you or your small group thank them for their willingness to serve and share their gift with others?

Serving With The Right Heart

Dig In Questions:

Read Matthew 6:1-18

1) Read Ephesians 2:8-10. How does this passage show God’s purpose for your life?

2) While doing things for public acclaim is not to be our goal, how has the example of the service of other people motivated you to use your gifts for God?

3) Read Matthew 5:16 and Matthew 6:1. How do you contrast these two passages and how should we balance what they are trying to tell us?

4) What is the best thing you/we can do to make sure we faithfully serve God and do it for His glory and not for our own?

5) Read Hebrews 11. How should faith give you confidence to do whatever you need to do in your life? Are there things you need to act on and step forward in faith to do?