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  1. Session #3Motivational Gifts “Fitly Framed” This series was written by the North American Missions Director, Rev. Carlton L. Coon, Sr. 4/15/2009

  2. Bible Perspective • “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; {20} And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; {21} In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: {22} In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:19‑22

  3. Review of First Two Lessons  Fitly Framed’s goal: to help you be fruitful and fulfilled in a meaningful place of service  Fitly Framed’s process of discovery, consultation, and service  Why we are to serve: to glorify God and edify others  How we are to serve: according to our passion, motivational gifts, and temperament  We have talked about finding your passion and finding a place for it to be utilized.

  4. Motivational Gifts • Today we will open our discussion of the second element of the process: our motivational gifts. • We will look at several elements of serving as a body in the church. • Identify another step to being more aware. • Identify several key points concerning diversity.

  5. What is a Motivational Gift? • There are three important things to keep in mind as we discuss motivational gifts: • Motivational gifts are God-given. • There are no right or wrong motivational gifts. • Motivational gifts answer the “What” question (What do I do when I serve?).  

  6. Gifts God Has Given the Church • The gifts of the spirit (manifestation gifts) in 1 Corinthians 12:7-10: • “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:”

  7. Gifts God Has Given the Church • 2. Then there are the equipping gifts recorded in Ephesians 4:11-13: • “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:”

  8. Gifts God Has Given the Church 3. The third type of gift is listed in Romans 12:6-8. To designate these gifts, we will call them motivational gifts. Charsima is the Greek word used here. It is the same word used in 1 Peter 4:10.

  9. Romans 12:4-8 • “For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.”

  10. Defining the Motivational Gifts • Prophets --clearly perceive the will of God. • Server--lives to serve others. A good word for this person is “doer.” • Teacher--lives to communicate truth. A teacher loves to research. • Exhorter--loves to encourage others to live in victory. These are extremely positive people who can equally well be called “encouragers.”

  11. Defining the Motivational Gifts • Giver--one who loves to give time, talent, energy, and means to help others and advance the Gospel. • Administrator--loves organizing, leading, and directing. Other words - facilitator or leader. • Mercy Person--shows love and care to those in need. Another word is compassion person.

  12. Putting The Gifts in Perspective • In Romans 12:1-5, there are several applicable lessons: •  Verse 1: Paul says all believers are to present themselves to God as living sacrifices. •  Verse 3: We learn first that we are to have a right attitude about ourselves. •  Verse 4-5: We learn to discern the various gifts. These gifts are the motivating forces of our lives, and unless they are channeled, we cannot help but feel frustrated.

  13. Everyone is Gifted • “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” (I Peter 4:10) • These seven motivating gifts make us act as we do. Each one of us receives one or more gifts. • So what do we do with them?

  14. What do we do with these gifts? • Use them to benefit others. Outflow is essential for life. • We are not to neglect our gift (I Tim. 4:14). One translation refers to the “in thee gift. . .” • Our gift colors all that we see. • Each gift is of equal value. • What we are is God’s gift to us. • What we make of our lives is our gift to God.

  15. Seven Motivational Gifts • Gift * Definition ** Needs Met *** What it Does • Prophet * Declares the will of God ** Spiritual *** Keeps us centered on spiritual principles • Server * Does practical service ** Practical *** Keeps the work of ministry moving • Teacher * Researches and teaches Bible ** Mental *** Keeps us studying and learning

  16. Seven Motivational Gifts • Exhorter * Encourages progress ** Psychological *** Keeps us applying spiritual truths • Giver * Shares material assistance ** Material *** Keeps specific needs provided for   • Administrator * Leadership and direction ** Functional *** Organizes us and increases our vision  • Mercy Person * Gives personal and emotional support ** Emotional *** Keeps us in right attitudes and relationships

  17. In Huddle Groups, Discuss: List one person you know who fits in each group. Why do you think they have that particular gift? In examining the list of seven motivational gifts, what gifts do you think you have dominant in your life? Do you feel that you have used that motivational gift in a way that truly serves others within the body of Christ? Although you may not specifically know what your gift is, what area do you see your motivational gift and passion moving you towards?

  18. Summary • Motivational gift(s) exist within every single person. • There are no right or wrong motivational gifts. •  Our motivational gifts are to be put to work benefitting others. •  When every person’s gift is working, the body has great progress.