We believe that God distinctly equips each Christ follower for certain kinds of ministries. He gives each of us a S.H.A.P.E. that defines where we can best serve His church (see below). Wise stewardship requires that each of us know our particular S.H.A.P.E. so that we can be both fulfilled and fruitful. We need to know our:
- Spiritual Gifts - what am I gifted to do?
- Heart - what do I love to do?
- Abilities - what am I good at?
- Personalities - how can my traits best match a ministry?
- Experiences - how can my past best shape my influence?
A spiritual gift is a supernatural ability, given by the Holy Spirit to believers, to equip them to minister to others on Christ’s behalf. What does the Bible say about spiritual gifts?
|Only CHRISTIANS have spiritual gifts.||1 Cor. 2:14|
|Every Christian has at least ONE gift.||1 Cor. 7:7|
|No one receives ALL the gifts.||1 Cor. 12:27-30|
|No single gift is given to EVERYONE.||1 Cor. 12:29-30|
|I can't EARN a spiritual gift.||Eph. 4:7|
|The HOLY SPIRIT decides what gifts I get.||1 Cor. 12:11|
|The gifts I'm given are PERMANENT/IRREVOCABLE.||Rom. 11:29|
|I am to DEVELOP the gifts God gives me.||1 Tim. 4:14|
|It's a sin to MISUSE the gifts God gave me.||1 Cor. 4:1-2|
|Using my gifts HONORS God and GROWS/ MATURES me.||John 15:8|
To get you started in learning your SHAPE, take a few minutes to learn about your spiritual gifts. There are a lot of assessment tools out there - here are two that are free!