Our Hope for you
Today at Stockbridge Assembly our hope is that you take a step towards understanding how you’re uniquely designed personality, coupled with the spiritual gifts God has given you, help reveal a fulfilling path to your destiny. Proverbs 25:2 says it is God’s privilege to conceal things and our privilege to discover them. Together, let’s discover all that God has planned for our generation and make a positive difference for the Kingdom.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 (NASB)
THE GOAL OF THIS CLASS:
To discover how my Design helps to reveal my Destiny .
To discover the amazing Potential of my life.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.” John 14:12 (NASB)
DISCOVERING YOUR PERSONALITY
1. Examining Four Personality Types
“D” Direct/ Decisive
“C” Compliant/ Careful
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:14
2. Elements that Help to Develop Your Personality
A. Family History
D. Life Experiences
if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts
“Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant.” 1 Corinthians 12:1
Spiritual Gifts Are Not
1. Natural Aptitudes, Strengths or Abilities .
We all have natural abilities that we’ve learned from those around us regardless of Christian faith. Many times our natural abilities and strengths are redeemed by the Lord to become spiritual gifts.
2. Character Traits .
We are all called to have character and our gifts should produce the nature of Jesus Christ in each person. A person should not say he has the “gift of peace” when we are all encouraged to develop that characteristic. Spiritual gifts offer opportunities for us to exemplify Christ.
3. Titles or Positions .
often lead to titles or positions, but a person may have the gift without the
role or the role without the gift. Regardless, we should serve whenever we are
given the opportunity. Working in the area of your gifting will allow you to
“be” the person that God has called you to be rather than just “doing” good
4. Self-Promoting .
Spiritual gifts are endowments given by God to His people for accomplishing His purpose on the earth. Spiritual gifts are given for the glory of God.
“Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts… try to excel in gifts that build up the church.” 1 Corinthians 14:1
How do I receive Spiritual Gifts?
A. Accept Jesus Christ as Lord of your life.
B. Acquire faith and truth in the area of spiritual gifts.
C. Apply yourself to learning about spiritual gifts.
D. Ask for the Lord to give you spiritual gifts.
“Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that very hour.”
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.”
1. Investigate your feelings.
A. Your gift may tie in directly with your temperament and personality. The same God who
gives spiritual gifts also made up our total being.
B. Know your potential strengths and weaknesses.
2. Identify the opportunities.
A. Look for needs.
B. Based upon your gifting find out where you can be useful.
C. Do it.
3. Inspect your results.
A. Your spiritual gift should work.
B. Gifted people get results. If you have the gift of healing, sick people will get well.
4. Invent a small group or join a team.
Gift Definitions and Scripture References
The following contains definitions of the Spiritual gifts. While not meant to be dogmatic or final, these definitions and supporting scriptures do correspond to characteristics of the gifts as expressed in the Gifts Questionnaire.
The team list following the supporting scripture provides suggested teams with serving environments where the corresponding gifts can be most effective.
The gift of administration is the divine
strength or ability to organize multiple tasks and groups of people to
accomplish these tasks. Luke 14:28-30;
Acts 6:1-7; 1 Corinthians 12:28
(Communion Team, Kids Check-in, Setup/Takedown, Technical Production, Follow-up)
gift of apostleship is the divine strength or ability to pioneer new churches
and ministries through planting, overseeing, and training. Acts 15:22-35; 1 Corinthians 12:28; 2
Galatians 2:7-10; Ephesians 4:11-14
(Small Group or General Leadership)
The gift of craftsmanship is the divine strength or ability to plan, build, and work with your hands in construction environments to accomplish multiple ministry applications.
Exodus 30:22, 31:3-11; 2 Chronicles
34:9-13; Acts 18:2-3
(Facilities, Setup/Takedown, Technical Production)
The gift of discernment is the divine strength or ability to spiritually identify falsehood and to distinguish between right and wrong motives and situations.
Matthew 16:21-23; Acts 5:1-11, 16:16-18;
1 Corinthians 12:10; 1 John 4:1-6
( Kids Check-in, Prayer Team)
The gift of evangelism is the divine
strength or ability to help non-Christians take the necessary steps to becoming
a born-again Christian. Acts 8:5-6,
8:26-40, 14:21, 21:8; Ephesians 4:11-14
(Dream Center/Outreach, Students, Prayer Team, , Small Group Leadership)
The gift of exhortation is the divine strength or ability to encourage others through the written or spoken word and Biblical truth. Acts 14:22; Romans 12:8; 1 Timothy 4:13; Hebrews 10:24-25
(Dream Center/Outreach, Events, Greeters,
Kids, Students, Hospitality Team, Kids Check-in, Parking Team,
Preschool/Nursery, Small Groups, Ushers, Info Center/Resources)
The gift of faith is the divine strength
or ability to believe in God for unseen supernatural results in every arena of
life. Acts 11:22-24; Romans 4:18-21; 1
Corinthians 12:9; Hebrews 11
The gift of giving is the divine
strength or ability to produce wealth and to give by tithes and offerings for
the purpose of advancing the Kingdom of God on earth. Mark 12:41-44; Romans 12:8;
2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 9:2-7
(Trustees – Outreach - Missions)
The gift of healing is the divine
strength or ability to act as an intermediary in faith, prayer, and by the
laying-on of hands for the healing of physical and mental illnesses. Acts 3:1-10, 9:32-35, 28:7-10;
1 Corinthians 12:9, 28
(First Responders, Prayer Team)
The gift of helps is the divine strength
or ability to work in a supportive role for the accomplishment of tasks in
Christian ministry. Mark 15:40-41; Acts
9:36; Romans 16:1-2; 1 Corinthians 12:28
( Communion Team, Serve, Events, Facilities, First Responders,
gift of hospitality is the divine strength or ability to create warm, welcoming
environments for others in places such as your home, office, or church. Acts 16:14-15; Romans 12:13, 16:23; Hebrews
13:1-2; 1 Peter 4:9
(Events, Greeters, Students, Hospitality Team, Kids Check-in, Parking Team, Ushers, Info Center/Resources)
The gift of intercession is the divine
strength or ability to stand in the gap in prayer for someone, something, or
someplace, believing for profound results.
Hebrews 7:25; Colossians 1:9-12, 4:12-13; James 5:14-16
(Prayer Team, Small Group Leadership)
The gift of knowledge is the divine
strength or ability to understand and to bring clarity to situations and
circumstances often accompanied by a word from God. Acts 5:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12:8; Colossians
(Dream Center/Outreach, First Responders, Online, Prayer Team)
The gift of leadership is the divine
strength or ability to influence people at their level while directing and
focusing them on the big picture, vision, or idea. Romans 12:8; 1 Timothy 3:1-13, 5:17;
The gift of mercy is the divine strength
or ability to feel empathy and to care for those who are hurting in any
way. Matthew 9:35-36; Mark 9:41; Romans
12:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:14
(Dream Center/Outreach, First Responders, Small Group Leadership)
The gift of miracles is the divine strength
or ability to alter the natural outcomes of life in a supernatural way through
prayer, faith, and divine direction. Acts 9:36-42, 19:11-12, 20:7-12;
Romans 15:18-19; 1 Corinthians 12:10, 28
(Dream Center/Outreach, First Responders, Prayer Team)
The gift of missions is the divine
strength or ability to reach others outside of your culture and nationality,
while in most cases living in that culture or nation. Acts 8:4, 13:2-3, 22:21; Romans 10:15
(Dream Center/Outreach, Small Group Leadership)
R. MUSIC / WORSHIP
The gift of music/worship is the divine
strength or ability to sing, dance, or play an instrument
primarily for the purpose of helping others worship God. Deuteronomy 31:22; 1 Samuel 16:16;
1 Chronicles 16:41-42; 2 Chronicles 5:12-13, 34:12; Psalm 150
(Kids, Students, Worship, Preschool/Nursery, Small Group Leadership)
S. PASTOR / SHEPHERD
The gift of pastor/shepherd is the
divine strength or ability to care for the personal needs of others by
nurturing and mending life issues. John
10:1-18; Ephesians 4:11-14; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; 1 Peter 5:1-3
( Kids, Students, Online, Small Group Leadership)
The gift of prophecy is the divine
strength or ability to boldly speak and bring clarity to scriptural and
doctrinal truth, in some cases foretelling God’s plan. Acts 2:37-40, 7:51-53, 26:24-29;
1 Corinthians 14:1-4; 1 Thessalonians 1:5
(Prayer Team, Small Group Leadership)
The gift of serving is the divine strength or ability to do small or great tasks in working for the overall good of the body of Christ. Acts 6:1-7; Romans 12:7; Galatians 6:10; 1 Timothy 1:16-18; Titus 3:14
Team, Serve, Events, Preschool/Nursery, Setup/Takedown)
The gift of teaching is the divine
strength or ability to study and learn from the Scriptures
primarily to bring understanding and depth to other Christians. Acts 18:24-28, 20:20-21; 1 Corinthians 12:28;
(Small Group Leadership)
W. TONGUES (and Interpretation)
The gift of tongues is the divine
strength or ability to pray in a heavenly language to encourage
your spirit and to commune with God. The gift of tongues is often accompanied
by interpretation and should be used appropriately. Acts 2:1-13; 1 Corinthians 12:10, 14:1-14
The gift of wisdom is the divine strength or ability to apply the truths of Scripture in a practical way, producing the fruitful outcome and character of Jesus Christ. Acts 6:3,10; 1 Corinthians 2:6-13, 12:8
( Worship, Prayer Team, Small Group Leadership)