Sunday we took a deep dive into spiritual gifts as we continued our new supernatural series. As part of that conversation, we looked at I Corinthians 12 where Paul compares the church to a body. As Paul reminds us, every part of the body matters. Every part is important. Every part is necessary for the work of Christ to be complete.
I've been thinking a lot about that lately. God has called us to such a great and important work. And he has given each one of us gifts to be a part of that work. Based on Sunday's message (which if you missed you can watch at www.rockchurch.news. I want to ask you two questions. The first is this: have you discovered your gifts? One of our core convictions at Rock Church is that everyone is gifted to serve.
And when we say gifted to serve, we can really look at that from two perspectives. We have talents and abilities that could be a gift to the work of the church and the kingdom of God. But there are also those spiritual gifts, supernaturally given by God's Holy Spirit, specifically for the work of Christ. We all have both, and both are needed. What talents has God given you and how might those be used for the work of sharing Jesus and serving others? And what spiritual gifts has God supernaturally poured into you? Those were specifically given to you for the work of his kingdom.
So, have you discovered your gifts? And my second question is “are you putting them to good use?” Your gifts matter to the kingdom of God. They matter to the work of Christ and his church. You have something beautiful, important and impactful to offer, and the body of Christ will not be complete without you.
Not sure where to begin? Here are a few thoughts:
Can you smile and welcome people? Consider joining our hospitality team.
Do you connect with kids? We always need people to help with Nextgen (our Sunday morning children's ministry) and day camp.
Can you sing or play an instrument? Consider trying out for the praise team.
Do you love to make people happy? Get in the rotation to make coffee once a month. We always need more baristas.
Do you like gardening? We need people to help keep up the flower beds so our church buildings look welcoming and attractive.
Do you have a gift for teaching? Speak to our life group leaders.
Are you organized or have a gift for office work? We can always use help with the admin work of the church.
Are you good with technology? Consider working with our tech team. (you might want to put ‘connection’ links with each of these. If someone is inspired in the moment, make it easy)
Well, that's just a sampling, but you get the idea. You are an integral part of the body of Christ. Without you the body will not be complete. But with all of us together, we can accomplish great things in the work of Christ.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: FOR THOSE WHO ATTEND AT THE NORTH SHORE CAMPUS, WE WILL HAVE A SPECIAL ALL CHURCH INFORMATIONAL MEETING THIS SUNDAY AT NOON. I WOULD INVITE YOU ALL TO JOIN US.