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Dec 10, 2017
Experiences
We each have a collection of experiences that have helped to shape who we are. These same experiences can be plugged into discovering our place for ministry. Our assortment of experiences can be spiritual, education, ministerial, or painful.
 
Of particular ministry effectiveness may be our painful experiences. God never wastes a hurt, failure or disappointment, but turns them into avenues to build our trust in Him, so that we can share the experience with others.
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  • Dec 10, 2017Experiences
    Dec 10, 2017
    Experiences
    We each have a collection of experiences that have helped to shape who we are. These same experiences can be plugged into discovering our place for ministry. Our assortment of experiences can be spiritual, education, ministerial, or painful.
     
    Of particular ministry effectiveness may be our painful experiences. God never wastes a hurt, failure or disappointment, but turns them into avenues to build our trust in Him, so that we can share the experience with others.
  • Dec 3, 2017Personality
    Dec 3, 2017
    Personality
    When the Bible talks about our soul, it is pointing to that unique part of us that makes us our personality. Our personality is an important contributor to who we are, and how we best function in ministry.
     
    As we come to understand the natural bent of our personality it will help us to sort through ministry options in order to cross some off the list and invite us to try some other options on.
     
    Are you a beaver, lion, otter, or golden retriever? The one to which you are naturally inclined will greatly determine how you function in ministry.
  • Nov 26, 2017Abilities
    Nov 26, 2017
    Abilities
    When it comes to ministry God has wired all of us independently. Knowing our place in ministry means understanding how God wires or shapes us.
     
    Part of our shape for ministry includes our abilities. The average person has 400-500 abilities, which may be inherent or learned. The key is to finding how those abilities may be applied to ministry.
  • Nov 19, 2017Heartbeat
    Nov 19, 2017
    Heartbeat
    Just as each of us have individual physiological heartbeats, we also have differing emotional heartbeats. Our heartbeat is the stirring, motivation and inclination that we have which makes us who we are.
     
    What is your particular heartbeat as it extends to ministry.
  • Nov 12, 2017Spiritual Gifts
    Nov 12, 2017
    Spiritual Gifts
     
    The church is not a collection of individual units, but a gathering of interconnected parts. We function best as the body of Christ when those parts function in harmony with one another.
     
    Our proper function is determined how God wired each of us individually to function within the body. We call that wiring our SHAPE.
     
    Today we deal with the first element of our ministry SHAPE - our spiritual gifts.
  • Nov 5, 2017Teasing The Tithe
    Nov 5, 2017
    Teasing The Tithe
    God desires for His people to grow in faith, and He provides disciplines as tools to experience that growth.
     
    The discipline of giving is a helpful tool for growth because it helps us to build a deeper trust in God than in our material possessions. God is more concerned with the attitude in which we give than in the amount. If the attitude is right the amount will fall in line. When we focus too much on the amount, it may infect our attitude.
  • Oct 29, 2017Connecting In Community
    Oct 29, 2017
    Connecting In Community
    God desired and equipped us for spiritual growth.
     
    One tool or discipline God has given us for growth is something that we can never do alone because Christianity was never meant to be a lone adventure -- Community.
     
    Community helps us grow as we surround ourselves with strategic relationships that receive the benefit of others pouring into our lives, while pouring in the lives of others.
  • Oct 22, 2017Practicing Prayer
    Oct 22, 2017
    Practicing Prayer
    God grows my faith to maturity through the practice of a variety of habitual disciplines. One of those habits that God uses to grow my faith is the practice of prayer. Prayer allows me to lean into God, to share my heart, and seek his help.
     
    In Matthew 6, Jesus, in teaching the people on the mount about prayer, shares three things about how to effectively pray.
  • Oct 15, 2017Developing A Taste For God’s Word
    Oct 15, 2017
    Developing A Taste For God’s Word
    God desires for us to grow spiritually. He has given us his Word to accomplish that very desire. However, the Word can only fulfill its goal when we get close enough to expose our lives to its influence.
     
    Using a metaphor of eating, this message explores how to develop a fuller appetite for God's word.
  • Oct 1, 2017Telling My Story
    Oct 1, 2017
    Telling My Story
    All of us have a story. As believers our story is God's story, and that story may be the greatest tool we have for introducing someone to Christ.
     
    What is my story? Discover the power of your story.
  • Sep 24, 2017What Is God’s Story
    Sep 24, 2017
    What Is God’s Story
    No matter your personal evangelistic style, there will come a time when sharing God's story is necessary to complete the process of evangelism. But what is God's story? With all of the confusion of "church messages", which is the message lost people need to hear?
  • Sep 17, 2017What Is My Evangelistic Style – Reach 2
    Sep 17, 2017
    What Is My Evangelistic Style – Reach 2
    We are all called to share God's heartbeat for lost people. We are all called to continue Jesus' mission to saving those who are lost.
     
    However, we are not all called to fulfill that task in the same way. Scripture presents us with at least 6 characters that utilized the divine way that God made them for greatest effectiveness in the way that they serve as a witness.