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?