We have just completed a five-week series of messages at First Congregational Church encouraging people to use their S.H.A.P.E. This acrostic has been explained by Erik Rees in his book, S.H.A.P.E. Finding & Fulfilling Your Unique Purpose for Life.
The following is a list of questions adapted from Erik Rees' material to assist you in explaining your SHAPE and using it for Christ and His church.
Pastor Steven Jay Davis
5 Ways God has shaped you:
S Spiritual Gifts
What has God supernaturally gifted me to do?
What do I have a passion for and love to do?
What natural talents and skills do I have?
Where does my personality best suit me to serve?
What spiritual experiences have I had?
What painful experiences have I had? What educational experiences have I had? What ministry experiences have I had?
About Spiritual Gifts
“Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant.” 1 Corinthians 12:1 (NIV)
A spiritual gift is a special ability given by the Holy Spirit to serve others and strengthen the Body of Christ. Ways to Discover Our Spiritual Gifts:
Experiment – It’s easier to discover your gift through ministry than to discover your ministrythrough your gift.
Read and Study – There are a number of books that talk about spiritual gifts.
Take assessments – Such as the S.H.A.P.E. assessment.
Ask others for input – Others will often see gifts in us that we can’t see ourselves.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)
Take a moment to think about these different experiences and how they have impacted your life:
▪ Spiritual experiences – meaningful decisions, times with God, times you felt especially close to God.
▪ Painful experiences – problems, hurts, trials, etc.
▪ Educational experiences – favorite subjects in school, special training, etc.
▪ Ministry experience – how you’ve served in the past.