Week 1 Discussion Guide (PDF)
- Have you studied spiritual gifts or taken a spiritual gifts test before? If so, share your experience.
- Do you think that most Christians have a good understanding of spiritual gifts, know what theirs is/are, and are using it/them in the context of the local church?
- In reading 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 we see a list of powerhouse gifts that may not be well understood. What questions do you have about these miraculous gifts?Leader: Document these responses and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to gather questions for a Q & A session on the last teaching in the series to address whatever outstanding questions may be on peoples minds.
- 1 Corinthians 12:1-2 indicate that being uninformed about spiritual gifts and about the ministry of the Holy Spirit can cause us to be led astray. Do you believe that is a present in danger in the current evangelical landscape? How would you apply Paul’s litmus test from verse 3 to today's churches and ministries?
Week 2 Discussion Guide (PDF)
- If God gave us gifts for the common good of His church and all of those gifts are necessary in the body (the church) is it a sin for a Christian not to give themselves to a local church who can benefit from their gifts?
- Do you think we make the mistake of assigning value to people based on their usefulness to us/the church? We have Pastor appreciation day, we have all sorts of acknowledgments for the people who teach and lead us most obviously, but do we often fail to honor celebrate and encourage those with less public gifts and ministry operations? Why do we have this tendency? What does it say about us?
- Does it bother you that Paul ranks the gifts, demonstrating that some are in fact more significant in the shaping of the church than others? Does it strike you as a contradiction to assert the necessity and value of all of the gifts, but to then rank them in hierarchical order?
- Do you wish we would hurry up and talk about how you identify your gift?
Week 3 Discussion Guide (PDF)
- Does the context of 1 Corinthians 13 change the way you think about it at all?
- Is it scary to you that it isn’t just what we do that matters, but that it is also, the heart with which we do it that God takes into account?
- Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 then Deuteronomy 28:47-48
Do you see the connection between the two passages? In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul is saying that a right use of the gifts with the wrong motive is worthless. In Deuteronomy 28 God is telling the Israelites that serving Him without love (joyfulness and gladness of heart) is worthless. God’s standard has not changed.
- With God’s insistence on love as our motivator being well established, let’s tackle a practical question: if love for God and His people is not your current motivation and concern, what do you do about that? How do we become more loving? How do we become more concerned with God’s glory and less concerned with ours? How do we come to care more for others than ourselves?
Week 4 Discussion Guide (PDF)
- How would you describe the relationship between the spiritual gifts and the proclamation of God’s Word?
- Why must God’s Word be at the center of our understanding and use of spiritual gifts?
- Paul teaches that spiritual gifts must be used in ways that are faithful to Scripture. The, “for instance,” in this passage is a woman who may have the gift of prophesy or teaching. While she may have that gift, she may not exercise it in a way that isn’t consistent with the rest of Scripture, meaning that she isn’t to exercise a teaching or prophetic gift during the churchs gathering because it would violate other Scripture (1 Tim. 2:11-12). What are some other examples of ways that someone could use a spiritual gift in a way that was, in the final analysis, unfaithful to Scripture and therefore, unhelpful for the church?
- Is the definition of tongues provided in this video in conflict with the ideas that you previously had about that gift? If so, what is the tension between the common understanding of tongues and the definition just provided?
Week 5 Discussion Guide (PDF)
- Is anyone in the group pretty sure that they know what their spiritual gift is?
-How did you arrive at that conclusion?
- What do you suppose happens when someone is serving in the local church in an area where they do not have spiritual gifting?
- Is it ever appropriate to knowingly serve in an area of the church’s ministry that you are not gifted in?
- How important do you think it is to know what your spiritual gifts are?
- What are you going to do to work toward identifying your gifts?
Week 6 Discussion Guide (PDF)
- Let’s get the elephant out of the room. What do you guys think about modern day prophecy? What have you heard about it; what experiences have you had with it?
- Of the gifts defined in this session, did you think that one may fit you?
- Of the gifts defined in this session did you think that one may be present in someone else in your group?
- Have you seen any of the gifts we covered today in action or been ministered to by someone with one of those gifts?
- How are the gifts we discussed today rallied around and tethered to Scripture?
Week 7 Discussion Guide (PDF)
- Is anyone familiar with the claim that there are modern day Apostles? Do you think Scripture supports the stance that are modern day Apostles? What would some of the implications of modern Apostles be?
- Do you think God gives people the power to heal others at will, presently, or do you think that now God heals in response to our prayers? State your reason for either conclusion.
- Which of the gifts that we covered today do you believe you’ve seen in action?