Andrew Fountain - Identifying your Gifts

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Last time

  • Ephesians 4
  1. But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
  2. until we all together arrive… at the measure of Christ’s full stature.
  3. As each part works properly according to its measure
  • Newlife church is on a mission
  • We need to have every single person involved
  • I am going to take you through what this means practically
  • This will be very different to the average sermon

1. Preaching, Teaching & Training

  • Eph 4:11 It was he who gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,
  • Eph 4:15 But practicing the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Christ, who is the head.
  • Eph 4:25 Therefore, having laid aside falsehood, each one of you speak the truth with his neighbour, for we are members of one another.

1. Preaching, Teaching & Training

  • Speaking on Sunday (e.g. Word Team)
  • Leading small group discussions
  • Attending Bible courses we might run
  • Helping others understand the Bible better

Checking the boxes

my main interest   will help if needed
interested in helping   not really my thing
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2. Praise & Worship

  • Eph 5:19 speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music in your hearts to the Lord,
  • Sunday worship team
  • Leading worship in small groups
  • Learning to sing or play an instrument
  • Helping with worship events

3. Children’s Ministries

  • Eph 6:4 …do not provoke your children to anger, but raise them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
  • Teaching kids on Sunday
  • Teacher’s assistant/helping with kids activities
  • Helping to run children’s events

4. Prayer Ministry & Prophetic

  • Eph 6:18 With every prayer and petition, pray at all times in the Spirit, and to this end be alert, with all perseverance and requests for all the saints.
  • Eph 6:19 Pray for me also, that I may be given the message when I begin to speak — that I may confidently make known the mystery of the gospel,
  • Eph 6:20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may be able to speak boldly as I ought to speak.
  • Rom 12:6 And we have different gifts according to the grace given to us. If the gift is prophecy, that individual must use it in proportion to his faith.
  • Rom 12:12 Rejoice in hope, endure in suffering, persist in prayer.

4. Prayer Ministry & Prophetic

  • Learning how to grow in the prophetic
  • Being part of an intercessory prayer team
  • Being on a prayer ministry team on Sundays
  • Helping with prayer ministry and prophetic in small groups

5. Evangelism

  • Eph 4:11 It was he who gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,
  • Eph 6:19 Pray for me also, that I may be given the message when I begin to speak — that I may confidently make known the mystery of the gospel,
  • Eph 6:20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may be able to speak boldly as I ought to speak.

5. Evangelism

  • Evangelistic meetings & events
  • Making small groups more effective for evangelism
  • Growing in gifting at personal evangelism
  • Evangelism team available at all meetings to talk to seekers
  • Helping to write evangelistic material

6. Connecting & Social

  • Eph 4:3 making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
  • Eph 4:16 From him the whole body grows, fitted and held together through every supporting ligament.
  • Rom 12:10 Be devoted to one another with mutual love, showing eagerness in honoring one another.
  • Rom 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

6. Connecting & Social

  • Welcoming new people at meetings
  • Noticing people who are by themselves and drawing people on the fringe into the life of the church
  • Making sure people are connected with homegroups and other unity-building events
  • Helping to organize social events and gatherings to meet the social needs of members of the body living in a big and impersonal city

7. Literature and Communications

  • Eph 4:25 Therefore, having laid aside falsehood, each one of you speak the truth with his neighbour
  • Eph 6:20 Pray that I may be able to speak boldly as I ought to speak.
  • Supporting Evangelism and Connecting with excellent printed or audio-visual material
  • Sunday signs and visitor pack design
  • Website and other media
  • Developing new ways the church can communicate the gospel and our mission

8. Homegroups

  • Eph 4:12 …to build up the body of Christ,
  • Eph 4:16 …the whole body grows …the body grows in love.
  • Eph 4:25 …for we are members of one another.
  • Sunday: working with Connecting to invite new people into groups
  • Being trained in helping to run a group
  • Making sure groups are healthy and effective

9. Practical Needs

  • Eph 4:28 The one who steals must steal no longer; rather he must labor, doing good with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with the one who has need.
  • Rom 12:8 …if it is contributing, he must do so with sincerity …if it is showing mercy, he must do so with cheerfulness.
  • Rom 12:13 Contribute to the needs of the saints…
  • Helping other members with all kinds of practical assistance (e.g transport, food, items needed, budgeting, finding work)
  • Impacting the practical needs of people living in Toronto: housing, addiction, desperation, accessing social services etc.

(Most of the time this will be a quiet and unorganized activity, but as we grow we will want to start programs)

10. Hospitality

  • Rom 12:13 …pursue hospitality.
  • Helping with the “food” dimension of all the activities of the church
  • Being hospitable to others where possible

11. Pastoral & Discipleship

  • Eph 4:2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,
  • Eph 4:11 It was he who gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,
  • Eph 4:32 Instead, be kind to one another, compassionate…
  • Responding to the pastoral needs of others
  • Being trained to better care for others
  • Help with special-needs groups within the body
  • Being part of a discipleship program for new or growing Christians

12. Administration & Planning

Rom 12:6,7 And we have different gifts according to the grace given to us… If it is administering, he must administer… (possible translation)

  • Church finance, legal and policy & procedures
  • Organizing rotas and emailing people
  • Admin support for all the other groups (e.g with members lists and communications)
  • Logistics planning for events

Updated on 2014-06-30 by Andrew Fountain