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Every-Member Ministry - Discussion Questions from the Sermon

Posted in Grace, Holy Spirit, Life in the Church, Mission, Sermons, Service

Clay Shelor has written some excellent discussion questions based on last week's sermon. We looked at the topic of "every-member ministry," an idea that has gripped us as elders over the last year or so.

The notion is fairly simple: (1) Every member (Christian) has a gift; (2) Every member (Christian) has a ministry. The change has been in trying to make it a reality in our church. At this point we have more desire than we have ability, but hopefully the sermon and questions like these following will help us get there.

  1. How does the entire book of Ephesians divide into two portions? As we discuss our walk, why do we need to remember the first part of Ephesians?
  2. In Ephesians 4:7, to whom is grace given;(spiritual gifts)?
  3. Where do spiritual gifts fit into the biblical story line (the good news of the kingdom of God) (Ephesians 4:7-11) (Throughout the OT God promises One through whom all nations would be blessed, Jesus comes, lives a perfect life..... see John 6:33-35; 1 Peter 3:21-22; Acts 2:5-13,33)?
  4. What are the gifts listed in Eph. 4:11? Why are they given (verse 12)?
  5. To whom does the work of the ministry belong? (4:12)
  6. Remembering the call for tender-hearted humility, love, unity and avoiding uncharitable judgment, what excites/frustrates you in church? What does this say about your spiritual gifts?
  7. How can you serve with the gifts the Holy Spirit has given you?
  8. What is an area of gifting that you see in someone else in our home group that you could recognize and affirm?
  9. Read 1 Peter 4:10-11 and Ephesians 4:12. What is the result of God's people walking in the gifts that He has given them?
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