Know Your Gifts, Use Your Gifts

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THE GREAT COMMISSION

In the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), Jesus tells His followers to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them, and teaching people to obey everything He had taught. This commission applies to every believer; therefore it applies to your church and your community group. You are called to multiply yourselves and create other fully devoted followers of Jesus. This means sharing the gospel, loving others, and teaching them God’s truth. This may feel daunting, but you aren’t doing it alone! Jesus will go with you (Matthew 28:20), and your church and community group can support you as well.

KNOW YOUR GIFTS, USE YOUR GIFTS

Fulfilling the Great Commission might look different for everyone. Each one of you has special gifts and should use them to serve others as a good steward of God’s grace (1 Peter 4:10). You are uniquely wired to serve God in the way that He wants you to. You may not feel particularly gifted, but God can use you in significant ways. As you get to know each other deeply, your spouse, community group and church can help identify and build upon your spiritual gifts, which God has given to each of you for the common good (Romans 12:3-8, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11). You can encourage each other to serve individually, and you can also leverage your collective gifts to serve together.

With your community group and church, talk through how you can love and serve:

• The local body of Christ (Galatians 6:10)

• Other believers (1 Peter 4:10) • Non-believers (Luke 19:10)

• The poor and needy (James 1:27, Proverbs 14:31)

• People in other nations (Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:19)

Pray for one another that you would be effective in ministry and service, and pray with one another that God would use you to build His kingdom!

PERSONAL REFLECTION

1. How comfortable are you with sharing the gospel with others? What, if anything, makes you uncomfortable to share (e.g. fear, lack of knowledge, etc.)? What are some steps you could take to grow in this area?

2. Do you know what your spiritual gifts are? If not, how can you begin learning what they are?

3. Is it easy or hard to believe that God wants to use you uniquely to love others and serve Him? Why?

4. What are some ways that you could love and serve others in the areas noted above? Who do you need to share the gospel with?

5. If you could choose three people to come to know Jesus as Savior today, who would they be (e.g. neighbor, co-worker, family member, etc.)? Why did you pick them?

6. What are you doing, or what is your plan, to engage those people in a spiritual conversation?

7. What gifts and talents has community group been blessed with? How will we best deploy them in engaging those who are far from Christ? Brainstorm some ideas together in one of your group settings.

8. How will our community group encourage and hold one another accountable to share our faith regularly? Be specific.

IDEAS FOR LIVING OUT THE GREAT COMMISSION

• Identify the “top 10” people that you would like to intentionally engage with about Jesus, and pray for those interactions.

• Practice sharing your testimonies with your community group to get comfortable in sharing with others.

• Spend time intentionally sharing the gospel with others as a group or as partners.

• Build relationships with people who don’t know Jesus, and invite them to group activities.

• Share stories of where God provided opportunities to serve others and share the gospel.