This weekend on Friday night and Sunday morning while gathered around the tables after sharing a meal together, Washington Plaza Baptist engaged in a study of spiritual gifts based out of Romans 12:1-8.
Why did we do this?
- It’s the season of Epiphany after all– the time of the year when we think about Christian discipleship in meaningful ways. Without “knowing thy self” we are left clueless to really know what our calling is to serve others.
- It’s also a unique season in the life of our church’s history. After three years of spiritual growth and lots of change in the faces that we see each week, it seemed necessary for us to do some re-grouping. Who are we as a community? How has God called us to serve?
Learning about and discussing spiritual gifts seemed like a great fit for these two goals.
How thankful I was to Beth Dotson, a friend and former teacher of mine to come and lead the special weekend events all the way from Tennessee! Her presence was a blessing to all of us.
If you missed the action this weekend or just want to know more about this motive gift study that we’ve been up to, here’s the summary. You can also take a test online by clicking here. Feel free to email me if you want more information. (Pastors and other church leaders: I highly recommend this study!)
MOTIVE GIFTS: Romans 12:1-8
Each motive gift (basic God-given inward drive, motivation or inclination) and may be symbolized by a figure to help focus its nature.
1. Prophecy: An eye. Declaring truth and insight with the aim of evoking repentance and restoration. The ability to “see”, to discern, where people or programs really are. The motivation to make motives right. TRUTH.
2. Serving: A hand. Giving practical assistance and help. The ability to both see and do things which need to be done. The motivation to demonstrate love by meeting practical needs and giving assistance. ACTION.
3. Teaching: An ear. Clarifying truth. Primary emphasis on the Word. The ability to impart knowledge and to lead others into revealed truth. The motivation to search out and validate truth which has been declared. CONSISTENCY, COMPETENCY, AND THOROUGHNESS.
4. Exhortation: A tree. Stimulating spiritual growth; lovers of people. The ability to encourage people to grow and to successfully meet the experiences of life. The motivation to stimulate the faith and personal maturation of others. GROWTH.
5. Giving: A gift. Giving and motivating others to give. Special sharing of material assistance. The ability to handle and give assets. The motivation to see the work of God and the ministry of others go forward and succeed. STEWARDSHIP.
6. Leadership: Profile of a face. Organizing people to complete a goal, giving administrative and leadership aid. The ability to see long-range goals and to facilitate others in the right tasks. The motivation to coordinate the activities of others to achieve common goals. TASKS AND RESULTS.
7. Mercy: A heart. Personal support, empathy, with primary compassion for spiritual and emotional rather than practical needs. The ability to feel where people are and to identify with and relieve those who are is distress. LOVE.
WHAT IT DOES
Declares the will
Keeps us centered
on spiritual principle
Renders practical service
Keeps the work of ministry moving
Researches and teaches the Bible
Keeps us studying and learning God’s Truth
Encourages personal progress
Keeps us applying spiritual truths
Shares material assistance
Keeps specific needs provided for
Gives leadership and direction
Keeps us organized and increases our vision
PERSON OF COMPASSION (MERCY)
Provides personal and emotional support
Keeps us in right attitude and relationships