DISCUSSION GUIDE WEEK 3

OPENING QUESTION

Opening Question: What’s the weirdest, strangest or flat out dumbest thing you ever did to ‘express yourself?’

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Reflection

When God created man, as we just heard, he welcomed them into a story that He was already writing. In fact, in the big scheme of things, it was already written. Even in our experience of grace (or freedom,) God had determined what things would be good for us to do (Ephesians 2:10.) So, just as God made the first man and woman, just as He formed us and wired us to be who we are, we, too, are being welcomed into His story. Knowing that, we understand evangelism (sharing God’s good news of grace to others) to be best accomplished through expressing who God is and what His story is to others in the way that he uniquely designed us to do. By grace, we have a role to play and we’ve been spiritually gifted, given abilities, and have a heart’s passion “hard wired,” into us that we can tap into. Since evangelism is simply living inside of God’s story, you don’t have to be perfect, polished, or a prolific know it all theologian in order to share your faith. You simply need to be the expression of God as He’s written on your life.

STUDY

Saying all that sounds great, but what about actually figuring out what your gifts, passions and abilities are? When you think about it, it is very important. Primarily, because expressing the gospel to those outside the “walls,” of the church is critical to them experiencing grace and finding freedom. Expressing our spiritual gifts is also the means by which God has designed the church to move forward and prevail as each member of our body depends on another (I Corinthians 12:15). Fortunately, the Bible isn’t silent on this and we can begin to discover how to best be a unique expression to others around us in and outside of the church of who God is...

Description of what a church being moved and supported in a spiritually gifted community looks like:

1.Ephesians 4:7-16

How does this change your view of what the role of a “pastor” is?

What can you honestly expect from the staff leadership within a local church? How does that compare with the traditional mind-set of this role?

2. I Corinthians 1:7-9

How does this relate to the idea that you are the Expression of God?

3. I Corinthians 1:26-31

Can you relate to this idea of not feeling like ‘the brightest and the best’ and yet sensing that God is WANTING to use you and IS using you? How do you think God could use somebody like you in your life stage and position? Since God gifts His people spiritually, it is difficult to simply take a test or an assessment to tell us what our gifted areas are. Generally speaking, the best place to start is where you

are highly passionate and equally able to use your abilities/talents or to increase in those areas as well. We recognize spiritual giftedness when lives are being transformed into fully devoted followers of Christ, since this is the heart and mission of the Church.

4. What are some different ways you see everyday ordinary people being used by God

through our church?

5. If you serve in some way at Metro (past or present) take a second to share what that is, why you chose that particular area and what you get out of your serving experience.

6. How can you use the way God has “wired,” you (gifts, passions, abilities) to share the

gospel with others in your life?

Personal Connect from Pastor Jeremy

When I was younger...MUCH YOUNGER... I dreamed of being a Rock Star. Yes, I dreamed of seeing my name on marques all across this fine country of ours by playing guitar in a rock and roll band. I took on the image. I was in one of those Glam Bands from the eighties complete with two feet of Big Hair. Thank God I never wore the spandex. Yikes. Looking back I remember how much I wanted to fit the image. I had to express who I wanted to be or at least how I wanted people to think of me. I spent an awful lot of energy and effort (not to mention a ton on hair care products) developing my outward expression. Maybe I should have put some of that effort into figuring out how God wired me on the inside in order to better reflect Him to the world around me. Maybe I should have worried more about how I was reflecting the image of God rather than what the image coming back at me from the mirror was. How is your reflection? What is your expression like to others? Can they see Jesus in you?

 

Take a moment to pray together about your Expression of God. What needs to change?