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Sunday AM Remix 3.27.11

Today was week 4 of our Empowered Series.  Even with the snow on the ground we had a packed 2 service.  People seem to be excited about what God is doing at FBCH. Privileged and excited to see what God does next as we begin to do life deeply here.

Here are my notes from today’s talk.  If you weren’t able to join us for some reason, I highly encourage you to listen to this whole series online and make plans to join us in person soon.

EMPOWERED
How Do You Fit
Romans 12:1-8

REQUIREMENTS TO SERVE GOD
*these are requirements that go along with the gift.
*the more you use your gift the more comfortable you feel in it.

1. Complete DEDICATION.
“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2 (NLT)

*Complete Dedication is like drawing a circle on the ground and then stepping into it and asking God to set everything in that circle on fire for His Glory!
* Many times we think we need more of the Holy Spirit to be used by God, but the truth is we got all of the Holy Spirit we would ever get on the day of salvation. The question remains, does the Holy Spirit have ALL of us!?!

2. Candid EVALUATION.
“Because of the privilege and authorityGod has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.” Romans 12:3 (NLT)

*Candid Evaluation is not looking in the mirror and singing “How Great Thou Art”
*Candid Evaluation is not belittling yourself and beating yourself up all the time, that’s bad posture!
*Candid Evaluation is knowing Who’s you are, What you are Called to Do, and Aligning yourself with His Mission!

3. Committed COOPERATION.
“Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.” Romans 12:4-5 (NLT)

*Committed Cooperation realizes what part they are in the Body of Christ, and fulfills that role the best way the can.
*Committed Cooperation realizes that we need other Christians, and believe it or not, that they need us.
*Reality, when part of the Body hurts, the whole body hurts.

THE GIFTS TO SERVE GOD

1. PREACHING/PROPHESYING
“So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.” Romans 12:6 (NLT)

*The Word Prophecy means to shine on.  It means to make what seems to be hidden, clearer or seen.

2. SERVING/MINISTRY/HELPS
“If your gift is serving others, serve them well.” Romans 12:7a (NLT)

*We are all called to serve, but the ones with this gift jump in many times without having to be asked.

3. TEACHING
“If you are a teacher, teach well.” Romans 12:7b (NLT)

*This can be done in various ways, 1 on 1, to a small group, midsize group, large group, or even a very large group. All of these groups need teachers.

4. ENCOURAGEMENT
“If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging.” Romans 12:8a (NLT)

*Encouragement comes in many forms, a look or smile, a hug, a simple word, a small sentence, a card, conversation, or letter.
*In the New Testament, there once was a man named Joseph that was such an encourager they changed his name to Barnabas.
*What would people change your name too?

5. GIVING
“If it is giving, give generously. Romans 12:8b (NLT)

*1 in 4 sermons that Jesus gave dealt with Money!
*You give your money to what you love!
*You can see what you love by looking at where you spend your money!

6. LEADING
“If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously.” Romans 12:8c (NLT)

*People want to be led, lead well!
*A Leader wants movement, if there is no movement, no-one is following.
*Reality, If you are a leader and no-one is following you, you are simply taking a walk!

8. MERCY
“And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.” Romans 12:8d (NLT)

*Easy going and easy to talk to.
*Empathizes with people and helps them get through tough situations.
*Likes to bring people together and feel at ease.
*Are drawn to those who are not connected, or somewhat isolated.

9. EVANGELISM
” . . . the evangelists, . . . ” Ephesians 4:11c (NLT)

*The ability to supernaturally lead people to Christ.
*They love being around non-Christians, and take every opportunity to share Christ with others.
*To them, Everything is about sharing Christ with others, they don’t wait for opportunities, they create them.

10. PASTORING & SHEPHERDING
” . . . the pastors and teachers.” Ephesians 4:11d (NLT)

HOW DO I DISCOVER MY GIFT?

1. Personal EXAMINATION & EXPERIMENTATION
*Take a spiritual gifts test to help you discover your gifts
*Pray and ask God to reveal your gifting.
*Don’t be afraid to try things that my align with your gifting until you find that sweet spot that energizes you, thats when you know you are serving in your gifting.

2. Public AFFIRMATION
*Others will see your gifting!
*If others say you are xxx but you say you are aaa, more than likely you are xxx!

REMEMBER: God never calls the equipped, but equips the called!

The challenge now is for all of us to use the Gift/s that God has given us.  If you would like to take a spiritual gifts test, feel free to click here and take the test we provide as a church.  If you would like to listen or watch todays teaching simply click here and it will direct you to our online teaching resources.

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