“Today’s Spiritual Gift – Teaching”

The Beans:

The Background:

Each of us are gifted with specific abilities and talents, and as you can imagine, when all of these gifts and talents come together (members of the Body of Christ working together), that is when we function the best.

This study is designed to introduce you to some of the Spiritual gifts listed in the Bible, and hopefully, as you learn a little more about them, you’ll be able to identify your own strengths.

When we know our gifts, and begin using them well, THAT is when our faith truly opens up, and we begin to see a major difference in our hearts and lives, AND in the lives of those around us!

The Verse:

Matthew 28:19-20

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

The Fill:

What’s the point?

Today’s Spiritual Gift: Teaching

Yesterday, as we looked at encouragement, I reminded us that none of us are blessed with all of the gifts listed in scripture. That is the beauty of the Body of Believers. Today, that is extremely true, as scripture also highlights, not many were given the gift to teach.

I can almost hear the sighs of relief!

Teaching about scripture is really difficult – so relax, unless you feel God drawing you to it, most of us were not called to seminary.

However, I do think we are charged with the task of directing all people to Jesus.

Earlier this week I shared through the old famous song, “This little light of mine,” that (whether we realize it or not) when someone knows that you are a follower of Jesus, they see Him through you and your actions.

As friends and even strangers begin to feel comfortable with you, there is a chance that you’ll get a question or two about your faith. This is the perfect opportunity to organically (not waving a Bible in anybody’s face) but to naturally share the gospel.

One critical mistake that I believe some people make, is being fake, trying to present this picture-perfect exterior because they are a Christians. Since all of us are flawed, this “air of perfection,” some try to display, causes many to consider the church to be extremely hypocritical.

If we were all just honest and said, “Look, I am a mess in progress. I screw up daily because you know what – this life is hard! But I draw strength and peace from my relationship with Jesus. My relationship with Him is not perfect either, I fall away, ignore Him, and forget to pray – but my life is far greater in His presence. That is what grace is all about!”

Being a disciple of Jesus seems much more “do-able” when you think about it that way.

The Steam:

What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today? 

To help you identify what your spiritual gifts are, there are several tools and tests you can take for free online.

Or to help you begin thinking about it, I encourage you to spend the course of this study reflecting on the following questions:

  1. What do you enjoy doing?
  2. When you hear about people helping others, do you feel drawn to specific stories? (i.e. children, those living in poverty, racial equality etc.)
  3. Ask someone who knows you well, what gifts they see in you? What do they think you are best at?