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VOLUME 2 ISSUE # 9 ENGAGED In Favor
VOLUME 2
ISSUE # 9
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WEEKLY ENGAGEMENT:

10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another , as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

11 If any man speak , let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth :

that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:10-11

Having a toolbox full of tools does not make one a carpenter. Owning a set of golf clubs does not make one a golfer. It is the use of these instruments that identifies the individual as a participant and a practitioner in a particular field.

As followers of Christ, we already know we are endued with spiritual gifts. But are we using them? Only when we do, can we truly fulfill our role in the Body of Christ. Only then can we be who God intends.

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Luke 19:13
Luke 19:13

1 PETER 4:10

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Read I Peter 4:7-11. Thus far in our study of Spiritual Gifts we have heard only from the Apostle Paul. Beginning today, we hear from Apostle Peter. This passage verifies the cohesion of Truth, in that Paul and Peter seem to agree on all counts in relation to Spiritual Gifting. Peter combines all spiritual gifts into two categories: speaking and serving. Peter doesn’t help us identify which gifts belong to which category. In fact, Peter never says that each gift fits easily within one of these categories, or even that these are the only two categories. Again, the emphasis is not on defining or describing the individual gifts. The emphasis is in the using of the gift. Do you put more emphasis on trying to learn your gift or practice your gift? Which is more important?

your gift or practice your gift? Which is more important? Relational Two words jump out of

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or practice your gift? Which is more important? Relational Two words jump out of this week’s

Two words jump out of this week’s verse, in light of our relationships; the words “each” and “others”. Each of us, whoever we are, whatever we are, or are not, is to be in service to others. Perhaps it is time in your life to start asking yourself the hard questions about being “other” focused as a foundational aspect of your life.

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Have everyone in your family talk about what your roles are within your family. What are the expectations of every member? What happens when someone else does your role?

every member? What happens when someone else does your role? 24/7 faith Relational Faith Generational Faith
24/7 faith Relational Faith Generational Faith A 24/7 faith is the only faith that is
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24/7 faith is the only faith that is authentic. It
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unselfish and God-centered. This type of
faith is personal and real. It is not produced by
community, but community enhances it. This
section is for the individual believer.
Relationships define who we are. God has
placed us in community with others with whom
we must relate. Whether it is marriage,
employment, social, civic, worship, etc., we must
learn to relate to others as Christ.
God expects us to pass on our faith to the
next generation. Scripture is full of commands
to leave a legacy of faith. However, it is not for
the faint of heart. This section will provide
fodder for you to talk about faith at home
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Peter, like Paul, combines the concepts of sober thought and love with spiritual gifts. Remember that in Romans 12, Paul’s teaching about spiritual gifts followed the reminder to have a renewed mind and proper view of self. Peter uses a similar verb in I Peter 4:7 to tell his readers to think soberly. Peter also follows Paul’s insistence that Believers show and practice love. Peter shows there is an unmistakable and inseparable connection between love and spiritual gifts. Is it more important to know your gift or practice love at all times? Is it possible that by practicing real love that you may more clearly understand your gifting?

real love that you may more clearly understand your gifting? Relational Let’s turn the words “other”
real love that you may more clearly understand your gifting? Relational Let’s turn the words “other”

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you may more clearly understand your gifting? Relational Let’s turn the words “other” and “each” around

Let’s turn the words “other” and “each” around in our focus today. In the body of Christ, not only are each of us an “each”, but we are also an “other”. The beauty of life in the Body is our shared service to one another. Now it is time to ask another hard question. Are you one of those who have a hard time allowing others to serve you? If so, consider that you are taking the blessing of service from someone. It may not be unselfishness, but rather selfishness, that causes us to refuse to be served.

rather selfishness, that causes us to refuse to be served. Generational What would happen if the

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What would happen if the youngest of the family were to take on the role of the parent? What would it look like if the mom became the baby?

parent? What would it look like if the mom became the baby? Also like Paul, Peter
parent? What would it look like if the mom became the baby? Also like Paul, Peter

Also like Paul, Peter recognizes that spiritual gifts originate with God and are as different as God’s “varied grace”. Peter also emphasizes that God is the source of spiritual gifts. The ability to exercise spiritual gifts then shows that if we speak, we are speaking the sayings of God, and if we serve, we serve from the strength which God provides. For Peter, it seems, there is no place for speaking human words or serving from human strength. Spiritual gifts are provided by God and are exercised through the words and strength of God. Do you feel as if you are a continuation of God’s ministry to your family, to your friends, to your church, to your community?

family, to your friends, to your church, to your community? Relational (As you read today’s section,

Relational (As you read today’s section, remember that grace is an unearned, undeserved kindness, favor, or act of love and

an unearned, undeserved kindness, favor, or act of love and generosity.) This week’s verse tells us

generosity.) This week’s verse tells us that we are stewards of God’s grace. God simply puts it in our lives so that we may dispense it to others. Today, make it a goal to be a “grace dispenser” to someone. Perhaps your spouse needs grace today. Maybe it will be a child or coworker who steps into the path of needed grace. Be a good steward of that today. Be the hand of God giving grace to someone.

of that today. Be the hand of God giving grace to someone. Generational Each person who

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Be the hand of God giving grace to someone. Generational Each person who knows Jesus as

Each person who knows Jesus as their personal Savior has been given their own gift or role within the Body of Christ. So it would also be true that each family has a place within the Body of Christ. What do your think your family’s role is inside of our church?

do your think your family’s role is inside of our church? This passage also links practicing

This passage also links practicing spiritual gifts with worship. We bring glory to God when we speak the words of God and serve in the strength that God provides. In fact, this is worship. Exercising spiritual gifts encourages others toward worship. This is why spiritual gifts are used primarily for the building up of the Body of Christ. It is not talking about “praise and worship”, as in music and singing. Instead, Peter is talking about living a life in obedience to God that brings honor to God – this is worship. And, exercising spiritual gifts demonstrates and encourages worship. Does your life embrace worship? Does your life promote and/ or produce worship in others?

Does your life promote and/ or produce worship in others? Relational Generational Today, let’s turn the
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Today, let’s turn the grace equation around. This verse tells us that grace comes in a diverse or varied fashion or form. What may seem to you at times to be an uncalled for difficulty or conflict is in fact a form of God’s grace. Today, look for God’s grace offered to you in the circumstances, conversations or conflicts of your day. Allow God to give someone the opportunity to dispense grace to you!

to give someone the opportunity to dispense grace to you! In what ways does our church

In what ways does our church depend on your family? Why is this important to the ministry of the whole church?

Day 5 Therefore, in this passage, Peter encourages his readers – and us by extension
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Therefore, in this passage, Peter encourages his readers – and us by extension – to ‘think rightly’ and to ‘love completely’ by exercising the spiritual gifts that God has given and empowered to us. We are to exercise and practice these gifts as God provides the means and opportunities. In fact, we are to look for opportunities to use our gifts. We are to do so in order to bring glory to God and build up each other. Are you actively looking for opportunities to express your gift(s) into the body? What keeps you from

actively pursuing opportunities to be used for His glory?

actively pursuing opportunities to be used for His glory? This verse calls us to be “good”

This verse calls us to be “good” stewards of God’s grace. Take up the challenge of excellence in your service and gracefulness. Set yourself a standard of fulfilling your stewardship with passion. Make it your goal to be a grace-filled, grace-offering, graceful servant to others.

a grace-filled, grace-offering, graceful servant to others. Individuals make up families, just like the Body of

Individuals make up families, just like the Body of Christ is made up of individual parts.Together, it is a great thing when all of these work together so that Christ receives the glory. Remember, what you do alone and together for Christ, makes a huge difference!

NEXT WEEK: Matthew 5:21