Date: Sunday, August 12, 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.
As we continue to talk about the SHAPE God has created us to be for ministry, we will begin today by looking at spiritual gifts. The key thing to note today is the fact that every believer in Christ is given at least one spiritual gift, and to realize that there are a variety of gifts that God has given out to His children. Discovering our spiritual gift is the first process in being able to utilize it for the ministry God has called us to in the body of Christ.