1 Peter 4:7-11

 

Focused Text: 1 Peter 4:10-11 (cp. Romans 12:6-8)

Every believer in Christ has been uniquely gifted with some form of God’s grace for the purpose of serving others within the church (and in some cases outside as well).  In this passage Peter mentions two examples: speaking the Word (i.e. teaching/preaching) and completing acts of service (i.e. serving with our hands).  Paul, in his letters to the churches in Rome and Corinth, gives us more comprehensive lists, yet with the same idea in mind: God has gifted every believer with some manifestation of the Holy Spirit for the good of the church family (see 1 Cor. 12:4-11).

As mentioned before, we can often lack a service-focused mindset within our churches (see Week 3).  We show up on Sundays to get something we need from a select few in official leadership roles rather than serve each other.  God has indeed appointed certain persons to serve in more public roles than others.  However, the explicit focus of such roles is to equip all believers to serve each other (see Eph. 4:11-16).

So how do we begin the process of shifting from a consumer-focused mindset to a service-focused mindset?  Perhaps the best starting point lies in some self-reflection and discovery…

 

Read through the gifts listed in Romans 12:6–8, and then think or talk through the following questions.

 

  1. Which of these gifts sounds the most appealing to me? Which of these have other believers affirmed in me through observing my service?

 

  1. If I don’t regularly serve others, how will I ever discover and harness the gifts God has given to me?

 

  1. Where can I begin regularly serving in order to discover and develop my gifts?

At our Crossing Campus in Pleasanton, our church family is going through a Sunday sermon series 1 Peter: The Sojourner’s Hope. (Audio sermons available online.)

We sincerely believe that the more we interact with and apply God’s Word, the greater impact it will have on our hearts and in our lives.  Therefore, we encourage you to make use of these devotionals in your personal or family devotion times as well as small groups.

You can download the full devotional (16 weeks) on our church homepage or pick one up at our Information Desk on Sundays.

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