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Finding your fit

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Finding your Fit

How many of you grew up with a Shape-O Toy
Shape-O Toy
no matter how hard you tried each piece could only fit in its intended slot
You and I are alot like that as well
you can struggle and struggle until you find your fit
1 Corinthians 12:1–31 NASB95
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware. You know that when you were pagans, you were led astray to the mute idols, however you were led. Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is accursed”; and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills. For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. If they were all one member, where would the body be? But now there are many members, but one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable, whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues. All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of miracles, are they? All do not have gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they? But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And I show you a still more excellent way.
1 Cor 12:
Last week I spoke on God’s got your back
The fact of His unwavering, undeserved, everlasting Love for you.
He Loves us, The response to His Love for us should be love for Him
1 John 4:19 NASB95
We love, because He first loved us.
Love = obedience
We Love Him because He first Loved us
Love = obedience
So it works like this. He Loves us, We then love Him, which causes us to do what He wants us to do
John 21:15–17 NASB95
So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Tend My sheep.
The first 2 times He used the Greek word agape, which refers to unconditional love.
Both times, Peter responded with “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you,”
using the Greek word phileo, which refers more to a brotherly/friendship type of love.
It seems that Jesus is trying to get Peter to understand that he must love Jesus unconditionally in order to be the leader God is calling him to be.
The third time Jesus asks, “Do you love me?” in ,
He uses the word phileo, and Peter again responds with “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you,” again using phileo.
The point in the different Greek words for “love” seems to be that Jesus was stretching Peter to move him from phileo love to agape love.
Knowing God’s Love for you should cause you to Love Him, and in turn create a overwhelming desire to want to obey Him
The greatest challenge for me as a pastor is getting every person under my charge to walk in their destiny.
Its my primary responsibility, but often outside of my control
Let me explain it this way.
If a businessman has to get a worker’s to do something he has the leverage of a paycheck whose necessity powerfully motivates employees to do what they are asked.
Workers in the church, however, do not need the job they perform in order to put food on the table and, may even have easier lives without it.
The challenge for a pastor lead a volunteer to change when He/she doesn’t want to?
A volunteer army also means that they can unvolunteer.
So How can I get you to do what God wants you to do?
After all everyone has their reasons why they can’t or won’t
whether its a lack of time, or knowledge, or desire
There is a common belief that 20% do 80% of the work
There is a common belief that 20% do 80% of the work in the Church
Although I cannot says this is exactly true for Kingdom Way, its probably very close
If you are actively involved in ministry I want to Thank you
Frontline....Greeters & ushers
Frontline....Greeters & ushers
Prayer team
Music team
Sunday School
Kitchen crew
Tech team
Youth ministry
Men/Women/Seniors
Ministry to the body
Mission to the world
I read this article entitled “3 Reasons People Are Not Involved in Your Church”
1. Some People Feel Useless
1. Some People Feel Useless
2. Some People Are Hurting
3. Some People Are Lazy
Let me give you some motivation
I could remind you of the Bema seat
2 Corinthians 5:10 NASB95
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
2 Cor
John 5:22 NASB95
“For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son,
John 5:27 NASB95
and He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man.
John
Romans 14:10 NASB95
But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.
Only those who are born again believers will stand before the ‘Bema’ seat of Christ
The purpose of the ‘Bema’ seat is to make a public manifestation of the essential character and motives of the individual Christian.
The believer’s works are brought into judgment in order that it may be determined whether they are good or bad.
This judgment is not to determine what is ethically good or evil, but rather that which is acceptable and that which is worthless/unprofitable to the work of Christ.
“Every man’s work shall be made manifest”
1 Corinthians 3:13–15 NASB95
each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
). While it is possible to hide the true quality of one’s service for Christ in this life, there will be a tie of reckoning for the Christian. There is coming a time when all will be openly displayed for what one’s true motives were.
While it is possible to hide the true quality of one’s service for Christ in this life, there will be a tie of reckoning for the Christian.
There is coming a time when all will be openly displayed for what one’s true motives were.

Results of Christ’s Judgement

The results of the judgment are two-fold:
(1) a reward received or
(2) a reward lost.
If a man’s work remains undamaged by the fire, accordingly, he receives rewards
… If a man’s work does not endure, and is consumed in the fire, then he shall “suffer loss.”
). It is important to notice that such a man does not suffer the loss of his salvation, but the loss of reward. The stress is not on a man’s relationship to Christ, but upon service to Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:15 NASB95
If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
It is important to notice that such a man does not suffer the loss of his salvation, but the loss of reward.
“But he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire” (). It is important to notice that such a man does not suffer the loss of his salvation, but the loss of reward. The stress is not on a man’s relationship to Christ, but upon service to Christ.
The stress is not on a man’s relationship to Christ, but upon service to Christ.
The things you spend your time doing now, determine your rewards in heaven
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