DISCOVERING MY GIFTS AND
Spiritual Gifts class builds on the material covered in other discipleship
classes offered at Washington Cathedral. For best results, you should
have completed the Discovery 1 and 2 membership classes. You
should also have completed the Essentials of Christianity class (available
online). You must first be committed to membership in a church family
and committed to the habits for spiritual maturity before you are ready for
ministry. Membership and Maturity are the foundations for Ministry.
After you have finished this session, click on the "Submit" button at
the end of the lesson. Submitting the form will email it to Pastor Bill
Payne at Washington Cathedral and give you credit for this session.
(You can use
the TAB key on your keyboard to move to each answer box.)
of Ministry (select the best answer for each box)
has given . . . pastors and teachers to prepare Godís people for works of
ministry, so the body of Christ may be built up. (Ephesians 4:11-12)
pastors are the
people are the
God is consistent in his plan for each of
our lives. He gives us inborn talents and temperaments,
spiritual gifts, and all sorts of life experiences to serve His
unique purposes for each of us. By reviewing and studying our life
characteristics, we can discover the ministry God has for us.
If you remain
in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be
given you. This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit,
showing yourselves to be my disciples. (John 15:7-8)
3. Two results of discovering the
ministry Iíve been created for are:
Focus Of This Class
At Washington Cathedral we focuses on
individuals doing ministry rather taking an institutional approach.
ministry is going to cause you to grow distant from God, then we donít want
you in that ministry.Ē
(Pastor Tim White)
Goals Of This Class
1. Begin to discover your unique
2. Commit to start using your gifts in a
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT
1. Definition: (Greek ďdiakonosĒ = ďto
2. Ministry is using whatever God has
given me to serve him and the needs of others.
Minister in Three Directions (fill in the boxes based on the hint given)
(see Acts 13:2a)
(see Hebrews 6:10)
(see I Peter
Minister To Three Areas of Need (fill in the boxes)
1. To peopleís
Jesus said, I was
hungry and you fed me . . . thirsty and you gave me a drink . . . needed
clothes and you clothed me . . . sick and you cared for me . . . in prison
and you visited me . . . Whenever you have done this to the least person,
you did it to me. (Matthew 25:35-36, 40)
If, as my
representative, you give even a cup of cold water to a little child, you
will surely be rewarded.
10:42 - Living Bible)
2. To peopleís
. . . Warn the idle, encourage the timid,
help the weak, be patient with all.
Thessalonians 5:14 - Good News Bible)
3. To peopleís needs.
God reconciled us to
himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.Ē(
We proclaim Christ,
counseling and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present
everyone mature in Christ. (Colossians 1:28, 29)
Purpose of Ministry (fill in the boxes)
There are different
kinds of service to God, but it is the same Lord we are serving. The Holy
Spirit displays Godís power through each of us as a means of helping the
entire church. All of you together are the one Body of Christ and each of
you is a separate and necessary part of it. (I Corinthians 12:5-6 Ė
God wants to use each of us to build up
Identity (read the scriptures under each item and fill in the boxes)
1. Iíve been for
For we are Godís workmanship, created in
Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
been for ministry!
God in his grace, chose
me even before I was born, and called me to serve him.
(Galatians 1:15 - Good News Bible)
It is He who saved us
and chose us for his holy work, not because we deserved it but because that
was his plan long before the world began. (2 Timothy 1:9 - Living
. . . You have been
chosen by God himself Ė you are priests of the King . . . you are Godís very
own Ė all this so that you may show to others how God called you out of
darkness into his wonderful light! Once you were less than nothing; now you
are Godís own! ( Peter 2:9-10 - Living Bible)
3. Iíve been for
given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help each
other, passing on to others Godís many kinds of blessing. (1 Peter 4:10 -
4. Iíve been for
authority in heaven and earth has been given me. Therefore, go and make
disciples . . .
said) Your attitude must be like my own, for I, the Messiah, did not come
to be served, but to serve . . .
(Matthew 20:28 - Living Bible)
Take heed to the
received from the Lord and fulfill it.Ē (Colossians 4:17 - KJV)
5. Iím to be
God gave . . . pastors and teachers to prepare Godís people for works of
ministry, so that the Body of Christ may be built up.
6. The body of Christ
All of you together are the one body of Christ and each of you is a
separate and necessary part of it.
Corinthians 12:27 - Living Bible)
7. I am
for my ministry!
So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.
8. I will be
for my ministry!
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord,
not men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord
as a reward. (Colossians
Well done, good and
faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things: I will put
you in charge of many things. Come and share your Masterís happiness! (Matthew
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