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RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL LESSON TWENTY-FIVE SUNDAY 21TH FEBRUARY 2021
TOPIC: SPIRITUAL GIFTS: IDENTIFICATION AND USAGE
SUNDAY SCHOOL HYMN
1. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
O how I love Thee well,
I am happy, it makes me glad
To rejoice at Thy birth.
2. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Thy friend friendship suits me well,
Both young and will sing Thy song,
We long for Sunday School.
3. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Christ was Thy first teacher,
The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
Does manifest in thee.
4. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
This testimony is sure,
That God, the Father Almighty,
Poured His blessing on Thee
5. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Though the sun be so bright,
Or if the clouds be black with rain,
I’ll be in Sunday School.
6. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
I rejoice to see Thee,
Will thou pass over me today?
Without my being blest?
MEMORY VERSE: “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God”. — 1Peter 4:10.
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BIBLE PASSAGE: ROMANS 12:6-8
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, [let us use them:] if prophecy, [let us prophesy] in proportion to our faith;
or ministry, [let us use it] in [our] ministering; he who teaches, in teaching;
he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENT’S MANUAL LESSON TWENTY-FIVE SUNDAY 21TH FEBRUARY 2021
It is definitely commendable for God’s children to desire to know the spiritual gift given to them by the Holy Spirit for the purpose of service in the Church and glorify God in the Word (2Timothy 1:6). The existence of a gift is a call to exercise it. Therefore, Apostle Paul advised Timothy, “Neglect not the gift that is in you,” (1Thimothy 4:14).
1. IDENTIFYING YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTEDNESS
2. EFFECTIVE USE OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS
IDENTIFYING YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTEDNESS
Identifying your spiritual giftedness can be accomplished in various ways. Effective fervent prayers is very vital because the One who knows exactly how you’re spiritually gifted is the gift-giver Himself-the Holy Spirit. You can ask Him to show you how you’re gifted in order to better use your spiritual gifts for His glory (Luke 11:9,13). Confirmation from others also gives light to your spiritual giftedness. Other who see you serving the Lord can often identify a spiritual gift in use that you might take for granted or not recognise (1Timothy 4:14; 2Timothy 1:5-6). In addition, you can carry out a self-test. There are questions you can ask yourself as pointers to your spiritual gift.
Questions like “what spiritual activity do I enjoy doing?”, ” What ministry in my life is God blessing? “, ” What is the Holy Spirit telling or prompting me to do?” (Romans 12:5-8; 1Corinthians 7:20,24).
EFFECTIVE USE OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS
Every Christian is given at least a gift at conversion (Ephesians 4:7). As you manage well your initial gift and as ministry expands, you may ask God for other gifts under the direction and promptings of the Holy Spirit (1Corinthians 12:31, 14:39). Every gifted person has a proper function in the body of Christ (the church). No gift is superior to others but gift differ in function (1Corinthians 12:20-25). No one believer has all the gifts (1Corinthians 12:28-30), so we need one another
Spiritual gifts are given to edify (build up) other believers (1Corinthians 14:12,26; Ephesians 4:12); to promote growth, unity and love (Ephesians 4:16); to assist in the care of one another (1Corinthians 12:25; 1Peter 4:10); and to glorify God, especially in the ministry of the Word (1Peter 4:11).
Faithful utilisation of a gift brings increased effectiveness in the ministry, but failure to develop a gift curtails ministry
1. In what ways can believers identify their spiritual gifts?
2. How can believers put their spiritual giftedness into effective usage?