Date: Sunday, September 2, 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.
This morning, we will be looking at the P in our SHAPE, which is our personality. We are reminded in the Bible that God knows everything about us because He made us. Our individual make-up as a human being, our SHAPE, is fashioned by God. Like spiritual gifts, your passions and abilities, your personality; characteristic and temperament, is God-given. There is no right or wrong temperament for ministry. However, your personality will affect how and where you use your spiritual gifts and abilities. Thus, we need to minister in a way that is consistent with the personality God have given to us.
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