UniQue Week 4 Uniquely Gifted

Last week, we ended our session with a challenge to read Psalm 8 in our own learning style. How was your Psalm 8 learning style experiment? During our live hangout session we will be sharing our experiences with one another. I encourage you to leave that your experiences in the comments below so that others who may not have been able to participate in the live event can see and interact with some of the people on a social scale.

This week we are going to delve into understanding the magnificence of being uniquely gifted.

Week 4 Lesson:

Scripture:  Ephesians 2:10

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

~ Ephesians 2:10 (TNIV)

Discover:

Today’s lesson is the lesson that I have been looking forward to since I was introduced to the unique series. Today is the day we get to do our spiritual gifts inventory test.

Spiritual Gift Inventory Test

Instructions:

Read through the following statements.
Score each statement with a zero, one or a two.
•    Mark it a 0 if it does not describe you or you feel neutral about it.
•    Mark it a 1 if it describes you somewhat or if the statement resonates a little with you.
•    Mark it a 2 if you feel it describes you to a great extent or if you feel strongly about it.

When in doubt, go with your initial instinct on how to answer. You’ll get the best results if you don’t contemplate each question too thoroughly.

1.    ______ I have a hard time saying no when I see someone in need.
2.    ______ In a group task, I find others looking to me for direction on how to achieve a goal.
3.    ______ I can share new information with people in a simple interesting way so that they understand.
4.    ______ When I see someone who is hurting I feel their pain on a very real level.
5.    ______ I love to learn and when asked will happily tell about the new thing I’m learning right now.
6.    ______ I enjoy being with people from different cultures.
7.    ______ I like for my house to be the place where everyone hangs out.
8.    ______ Leaders come to me for counsel and guidance and vision.
9.    ______ I find that I have insights about the truth in specific situations even if someone is trying to hide something from me.
10.    ______ I feel drawn to pray for people.
11.    ______ I have a sixth sense for when something is off be at lies, spiritual oppression, et cetera.
12.    ______ I find it easy to relate with people from different cultures.
13.    ______ When there is a need for a volunteer at church, school, or any other organization, I love to fill it, even if it’s baking a meal or setting up chairs.
14.    ______ Given a task, I can develop a plan to accomplish it with maximum efficiency.
15.    ______ When a friend comes to me for advice, they tell me afterwards that what I said confirms what they feel God is already telling them.
16.    ______ I enjoy mentoring people one-on-one for a short period of their lives.
17.    ______ When people come to me with their complicated problem, I am able to help them.
18.    ______ I enjoyed talking to non-Christians about Jesus and my relationship with him.
19.    ______ I find myself to be always giving my time, money or expertise to others.
20.    ______ I enjoy bringing together groups of people to mentor.
21.    ______ I enjoy helping others learn new things.
22.    ______ I find myself constantly encouraging people, and asking to pray for them.
23.    ______ I like to study the Bible, and find ways to apply it practically to every daily life.
24.    ______ I can intuitively sense when a person is open to hearing about the Gospel.
25.    ______ When I see someone in need, I instinctively know how to help.
26.    ______ I enjoy and am good at bringing order and efficiency to a disorderly situation.
27.    ______ I am able to clearly communicate truth to people in concrete situations.
28.    ______ I’m very accepting of those who are poor, needy or on the fringe of society.
29.    ______ I can recognize when a person is hiding false motives behind spiritual sounding words.
30.    ______ I have led people to God.

Going Deeper:

  1. Read Romans 12:4-8.

    4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

  2. In these verses, how important is it for everyone to function in their role?
  3. What keeps people from operating in their God-given gift?
  4. Are you functioning in your God-given gift? If not, what would keep you from doing so?

Further Research

Websites:

http://spiritualgiftstest.com
http://mindtools.com

Book:
Romans 12
1 Corinthians 12-14
Ephesians 4

Homework:

Please click on iTunes or Podomatic to download the podcast named Unique-Wk4 which was recorded on 5 March of 2013 during The Worship Center’s weekly service.

This Weeks Challenge:

Download and take the Spiritual Inventory Test if you have not yet done so.

Download the Spiritual Inventory Score Sheet and self evaluate.

Apply your spiritual gifts this week. Here are some ways you might consider applying your unique gifts in your Church community:

Facilitating –  Easy: call the church office to try out the prayer ministry, meals for funerals, etc.  Hard: host a small group.

Leadership –  Easy: try leaving your small group this week.  Hard: host a Bible study during your lunch hour at work.

Speaking –  Easy: put together a Bible teaching lesson.  Hard: mentor a younger Christian.

Empathy –  Easy: begin to keep a prayer list. Hard: volunteer for the roadrunner food bank.

Discernment – Easy: get a good study Bible and begin a reading plan. Hard: join a Bible study.

Outreach – Easy: share the gospel with some when you come into contact with regularly. Hard: sponsor child through Compassion International.

Preparing for Our Next Hangout

Next week we will be meeting via hang out. We will discuss the the questions generated from the podcast, community notes and the UniQue Series Study Guide as we discover how we are each uniquely tempted.

God be with you and we will see you next week.

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