Theme: God gives different gifts to accomplish his work.
1. Ephesians 4:11-12 says that God gives some people gifts to lead so that the body of Christ “would grow strong”. How has a church leader helped you learn about God?
2. In Matthew 25:14-30, Jesus told a story about a master, three servants, and some money. The master went away and asked his three servants to take care of his money. He gave the first servant 5,000 coins. He gave the second servant 2,000 coins. And he gave the third servant 1,000 coins. The first two servants went out and earned more coins. When the master came back he was very pleased with both of these servants. They used what they had to earn more. But the third servant hid his coins. The master was very angry and took the servant’s coins away. In this story, the master is God. The money is the gifts he gives us. He wants us to use the gifts he gives us to serve and help others. They shouldn’t be wasted! Think about the gifts God has given you, and how you use them to serve him, as you listen to today’s program.
“Christ chose some of us to be apostles, prophets, missionaries, pastors, and teachers, so that his people would learn to serve and his body would grow strong.”
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A: Because the last time his friends helped him Morrie messed up his movie.
In this episode, Liz didn't want to ask for help setting up his internet radio station. But then he found he needed his friends to help him make the radio station run.
God has created people to need each other, not to be alone. In God's kingdom, the work is better when people use the gifts that God has given them. The Holy Spirit gives different kinds of gifts to each person so that we have all we need to get God's work done.
Have each family member draw or print off an outline of a person. Label the body with the gifts that God has given you. Then write about how you can use those gifts to help build community in your home or neighbourhood. For example, on the mouth you might write, “I have a gift of encouragement. I can use my gift to build community by speaking gently to my brother”. On the hands you might write, “I have the gift of helping. I can use my gift of helping to build community by helping to clean up my things without being asked”. Share your ideas with your family members and post them where they will help you to remember to build community in your home this week.