Community Group Questions 8.30.20

by Aug 28, 2020

Video 1 – Defining Spiritual Gifts

Video 2 – Distribution of Spiritual Gifts

 
  1. According to the challenge today: “Eighty percent of all Christians do not participate in the ministry of the church or in serving the body of Christ.” Why do you think this is the case? How would you assess the ministry participation at Bayview Church?

  2. Is there a difference between a spiritual gift and a natural talent? What do you think? Use the following verses to help guide you in your response:
      • 1 Corinthians 12:1. Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware. The Greek word pneumatikos is translated as spirituals here. It means divine in source, having its source in God.
      • 1 Corinthians 12:4. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. The Greek word charisma is translated as gift here. It means an ability to function effectively and significantly as a member of the body of Christ.

         

      • Ephesians 4:7. But to each one of us, grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. The Greek word dorea is translated as gift here. It is similar in meaning to our modern-day phrase birthday present.
  3. Every believer in the Body of Christ possesses a spiritual gift. What are ways spiritual gifts can be used effectively in the Christian’s life? Conversely, what are some warnings or pitfalls a Christian must consider so that they do not use their gift in selfish or inappropriate ways?
  4. Review the list of differences between natural gifts and spiritual gifts. Why is it helpful to have these distinctions between natural and spiritual gifts?
  5. Who decides what spiritual gift we get? (Answer using the following verses: 1 Cor. 12:18, 11, and Eph. 4:7–12)

Spiritual Gifts
From God, independent of parents
Not connected to natural ability or desire
Given at spiritual birth
Benefit Christians on a spiritual level
Must be recognized, developed, and practiced

Natural Talents
From parents, heredity, training, education
Connected to natural ability or desire
Developed during physical lifetime
Benefit mankind on a physical/soul level
Must be recognized, developed, and practiced