Date: Sunday, September 9, 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.
We have been talking about the fact that every believer is a minister and our ministry is the expression of our SHAPE. This morning, we will be finishing our explanation of our SHAPE by looking at the E in SHAPE; which is experience. Our experience has a part in defining the SHAPE that God has created us to be. Everyone here has a story to tell, and it is unique; there are no two stories exactly alike. Your experiences provide you with the stories to back up your testimony of faith in Christ and to testify to God’s goodness in your life.