Date: Sunday, August 5, 2018
The message series "How God has SHAPED Us for Ministry" is something that has been presented three other times in the past. We must give credit where credit is due, so it needs to be said up front that much of what will be presented in the messages over these 7 weeks will be taken from Pastor Rick Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Church. Most of the key ideas that will be shared on this subject can be found in chapter 19 titled "Turning Members into Ministers". SHAPE is an acronym that Rick Warren developed to explain five elements (spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality, and experiences) that determine what a person’s ministry should be. Each of us is uniquely designed, or shaped, by God to do certain things, and we will look at and hopefully discover together how God has shaped each of us for the ministry that He has prepared for us to do.
If we would take the time to consider what goes on in the life of a church, we will realize that there are many parts to it. Some of these parts are quite visible, but some are not so noticeable. Yet, all is to be done to bring glory to God, and is done by His leading and enabling. This morning, we will look at four important facts about ministry in a church. Hopefully, these will serve to help us better understand our individual roles and responsibilities in relationship to the entire church body.