RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL 21 FEBRUAR 2021
TOPIC: SPIRITUAL GIFTS: IDENTIFiCATION AND USAGE
SUNDAY SCHOOL HYMN
MEMORY VERSE: As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”-1Peter 4:10
BIBLE PASSAGE: ROMANS 12:6-8
It is definitely commendable for God’s children to desire to know the spiritual gifts given to them by the Holy Spirit for the purpose of service in the Church and glorify God in the world (2 Timothy 1:6).
The existence of a gift is a call to exercise it. Therefore, Apostle Paul advised Timothy, “Neglect not the gift that is
in you,” (1Timothy 4:14).
1. Identifying Your Spiritual Giftedness
2. Effective Use Of Spiritual Gifts
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IDENTIFYING YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTEDNESS
Identifying your spiritual giftedness can be accomplished in various ways.
Effective fervent prayers is very vital because the One who knows exactly how you are spiritually gifted is the gift-giver Himself-the Holy Spirit. You can ask Him to show you how you are gifted in order to better use your spiritual gifts for His glory (Luke 11:9, 13).
Confirmation from others also gives light to your spiritual giftedness. Other people who see you serving the Lord can often identify a spiritual gift in use that you might take for granted or not recognise (1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:5-6). In addition, you can carry out a self-test.
There are questions you can ask yourself as pointers to your spiritual gift.
Questions like ‘what spiritual activity do l enjoy doing?”, “What ministry in my life is God blessing?”, “What is the Holy Spirit telling or prompting me to do? (Romans 12:5-8 ;1Corinthians 7:20,24).
EFFECTIVE USE OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS
Every Christian is given at least a gift at conversion (Ephesians 4:7). As you manage well your initial gift and as your ministry expands, you may ask God for other gifts under the direction and promptings of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:31,14:39).
Every gifted person has a proper function in the body of Christ (the church). No gift is superior to others but gifts differ in function (1 Corinthians 12:20-25). No one believer has all the gifts (1 Corinthians 12:28-30), so we need one another.
Spiritual gifts are given to edify (build up) other believers (1 Corinthians 14:12; 26: Ephesians 4:12); to promote growth, unity and love (Ephesians 4:16); to assist in the care of one another (1 Corinthians 12:25; 1 Peter 4:10); and to glorify God, especially in the ministry of the Word (1 Peter 4:11).
CONCLUSION: Faithful utilisation of a gift brings increased effectiveness in the ministry, but failure to develop a gift curtails ministry.
1. In what ways can believers identify their spiritual gifts?
2. How can believers put their spiritual giftedness into effective usage?
FURTHER READING: MON: 1Cor. 12:11; TUE: 1Timothy 4:14; WED: 2 Timothy 1:6; THUR: Ephesians 4:7; FRI: 2 Timothy 4:5; SAT: Romans 12:7, SUN: Col. 4:17.
ASSIGNMENT: Identity five dangers of not putting your spiritual gifting into use.