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What Role Do You Play?

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Theme: We are Gifted to serve one another. Purpose: That we use our gifts to unite in Christ, and serve one another. Gospel: The Holy Spirit Gathers us into one Body and Gifts us to serve each other. Mission: Serve in Christ's Name, & Vision

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1 Corinthians 12:12–17 NIV
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?
Introduction: John Christ Church Shopping Video or Conversations

We want spiritual experiences.

The Corinthians Issue with Spiritual Gifts - Wanting Experience like their pagan roots. - Quote Commentary
1. In this article by Consumer Reports, 1 out 10 Americans said they would not give up their Starbucks/Dunkin’ Donuts habit even if their income dropped dramatically in a failed economy. According to the same article, one survey “found that Americans hold tightest to at-home entertainment: When asked, ‘What is the last thing you would cut back on in order to economize?’ 38 percent of people said they’d never ditch pay television, including premium cable, satellite, and streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.” Our consumer-driven mindset has blurred the lines of necessity and luxury on these kinds of comforts. People in our country like to be able to spend on themselves. The common attitude is “my comfort is my number-one priority.” This same type of mentality can often creep into our churches, too. (“How American Consumers Shop” Consumer Reports, November 2014,
Breathing In, but never Breathing Out - Erwin McManus
Culture often dictates our attitude of expectation for the Church
Look at Talents Revealed Illustrations
Discussions in Guatamala - Longer times of singing, Praying all at once, Africa Dancing - Ex-member of South Blendon talking about challenge of introducing contemporary music - Grew up with the Hymns.
Our Vision for Music - be intelligible to non-believers, not churched folks prefered music style - That way the whole church worships in a way that is for others, and to Glorify God.

Serve one another.

Reminder of the message of the Philippians - Having the Same Mind as that of Christ - Attitude of Servanthood. - And the Joy of Getting to Serve...
The Love Chapter - The greatest of these is love...
The Gospel - The Church is Sent by the Holy Spirit - One Spirit, One Body to serve together -
Leadershift - Heresies.
God Needs My Help - God does not need us, he wants us to join him in the greatest mission of all time.
God wants a payback - God’s love will not change, but we join him in his work to spend time with Him.
Doing something for God - God is the giver, and he wants to give to us through others, and to give to others, through us.
Leadershift - Perspective. - Why Serve?
Serving brings His blessing to and through our lives - Breathing - God gets the credit
God displays his Himself through His blessings to glorify His name.
Paul’s ultimate answer is that...

We are gifted to serve one another.

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Vision of South Blendon: Everyone Using their Gifts for SBRC’s Evangelistic Mission.
Value: Gift-Based Ministry
Gift Projection: Everyone should have my gift and operate like I do.
This results in an overly critical church, or a judgmental church. - Corinthians problem with seeing the gifts as showing levels of spiritual depth.
Gift Rejection: I do not have a gift, or my gift is not important, I don’t know I have a gift, I do not want to use my gift.
Then the rest of the Church misses out - like an arm has been amputated.
Healthy Outlook - Interdependence - like a body, all the parts need each other to function like a body.
Next Step - Process the Finding My Role Card, (Spiritual Gifts Inventory with a trusted friend) and Talk to the Ministry teams, Come to a Team Huddle Night.
Reference the Reformed Confessions:  The Reformed Confessions are statements of faith written to clarify the Gospel at times when the Church was in crisis. The Heidelberg Catechism - Q&A 32, 54, Belgic Confession - Article 27, 28
The Heidelberg Catechism - Q&A 32, 54,Belgic Confession - Article 27, 28
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