God has named the church “the Body of Christ.” This name makes perfect sense when you consider God’s desire for His collected sons and daughters to represent Him-to be His hands and feet. God wants us to be the tangible expression of Christ in the world. When someone needs to feel the love of God, followers of Jesus are there to compassionately listen, lend a hand, and show empathy in tears. We become God’s physical response team to the brokenness of the world.
What part of the body are you? What part does God want you to play? This is an important question for every disciple. God has given all believers in Jesus special spiritual gifts that help them discover their role on His team. These gifts clarify the service roles we play in the local church. They also fuel our mission outside of the church, to our city and world. As a gifted disciple, you are a key part of the ministry of Burleson Bible Church and God’s wider Kingdom building plan worldwide. No one else can fill the role for which God has uniquely equipped you.
Scriptures to Read & Study
- Romans 12:1-13
- 1 Corinthians 12:1-31
- Ephesians 4:7-16
- 1 Timothy 4:14-16
- 1 Peter 4:10-11
Thought and Discussion Questions
- Why do you think God designed His church to work together as a team?
- What is your current perception of spiritual gifts or the gifts of the Holy Spirit?
- How does a study of the texts above clarify or correct this perception?
- What have other believers said about your spiritual gifts and passions?This is often a good indicator of God’s design in you.
- Are you currently serving in areas that align with your spiritual gifts? If not, what is keeping you from service within the church?
- What is your ministry?
GiftTest – This is a brief online survey that will help you learn more about yourself and identify areas that match your abilities and interests where you will feel most comfortable, effective, and satisfied.
Spiritual Gifts Survey – This is a more extensive survey exploring your actions, traits, and beliefs. At the end of the survey, you’ll find instructions on how to use your answers to learn how God is leading you to serve His body.