Saturday, February 28, 2009

I Peter 4:10-11 "Making the Most of Your Life - Pt 1"

Summary: What do you want to do with your life? Do the best with what God’s given you! Employ your gift(s) from God “so that in all things God may be glorified.” Spiritual gifts can be defined as “any ability that is empowered by the Holy Spirit and used in any ministry of the Church.”


1. A. Read I Peter 4:10-11 and answer the following questions: Who receives the gifts? How are gifts to be used? How are the gifts classified in this text? What is the ultimate purpose of gifts? What is the context of verses 10-11? (7-11 is a paragraph)



2. A. In I Peter 4:10, in the NASB, the word gift is preceded by “special” in italics. We know then that it is added to the text to help us understand. This word “gift” is defined in the Greek as “a gift of grace, a free gift.” We could rightly say a “grace gift” which points to the giver, not the gift. Who is the giver? Romans 5:15, I Corinthians 1:4-7



2. B.Why have believers in Christ been gifted? Mark 10:45, Ephesians 4:11-12, I Peter 4:10



3. A. What do the words unity and diversity mean in a Biblical sense? I Corinthians 12:7, 11, 13, Ephesians 4:4,7



3. B. We see the “body” analogy in the New Testament scriptures. We have a constant example of how the “Body of Christ” should function when we observe and learn how each part of our physical body works together. What can you say about this analogy? Psalm 139:13-14, Romans 12:4-5, I Corinthians 12:4-7, 12-20



4. A. Looking back to our overview questions, who receives the gift(s)? Romans 12:3, 6; I Corinthians 12:7, 11, 18; Ephesians 4:7, 16; I Peter 4:10



4. B. Since the Bible teaches we are all grace gifted spiritually, what are we to do about it?
Romans 12:6, I Corinthians 12:25, Ephesians 4:1-3, Hebrews 12:1-2, I Peter 4:10, II Peter 1:2-3,I John 4:19

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