We began with a
First: God has a plan for us.
There is a battle raging over your soul and the souls of all humanity. God wants you to know He has a plan and a purpose and that is: Life through Christ.
In Christ we are given life, hope, and a purpose.
Second: Life in Christ means death to self.
Even if we believe in Christ, if we find our identity in ourselves and our own abilities, we do not live in the power or purpose that God has for us.
In Christ we are supposed to find our whole identity.
After the review, we read Romans 12:3-8.
As believers in Christ and under His Lordship we not only can find our individual identity, but we have been given a community to which we can belong. And(!) we have specific gifts bestowed on us to make our community better!!
After this discussion we spent the rest of the evening doing a Spiritual Gifts inventory.
In case you were curious, 8/10 of the students surveyed scored highly for the spiritual gift of "Helps."
This means that we have quite a few students who are aware of the needs of those around them and have a spiritual drive to do something to help. This can and should be a great blessing to our church as we seek to get these students involved in the ministries of our church family.
Coming May 6 Identity: What is the Church?
What are your spiritual gifts and how do you use them in the church? Comment below and let us know!!