The Holy Spirit empowers believers to build up God’s church, not to just consume.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- What is one thing you found particularly helpful, encouraging, or difficult to understand from this message?
- What are ways you have seen people “treat the Church like McDonald’s” with a consumer mentality? What are ways you see this in your own life?
- Aaron mentioned that we wouldn’t want a church run by a bunch of people just like us. What do you think a church would look like if it was run by a bunch of people just like you? What would be the church’s strengths? Weaknesses?
- Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-26. What do you think is Paul’s key point of this passage? Intuitively we know we need to be in a group with a variety of gifts. What makes it hard to be around people with different gifts?
- Aaron mentioned that the church suffers when we don’t use our spiritual gifts. Would you agree or disagree? How might the church suffer when you don’t use your gifts?
- Read Romans 12:1-8. What do you think is the core of Paul’s command to believers in this passage? How does the Gospel play into our use of our spiritual gifts?
- What do you think are your spiritual gifts? For reference, Aaron’s questions for self-reflection were:
- What are my skills, talents, and abilities?
- What do I find easier than other people do?
- What am I passionate about?
- What frustrates me?
- What resources do I have?
- What availability do I have in light of the assignments God has for me?
- What do you see as the spiritual gifts of other people in your group? A great way to identify your own is to ask other people.
- Did you find Aaron’s Venn diagram for serving, looking for the overlap between your Skills & Talents, Passions, and Time & Resources helpful? Where do you think the Lord would want you more involved using your gifts to build up the body of Christ?