Servant-Working: Everyone has a gift.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
God's gifts of grace come in many forms. Each of you has received a gift in order to serve others. You should use it faithfully.
Do you believe that you are gifted? The Bible tells us that we are, whether we believe it or not. Many Christians have not discovered their spiritual gift(s). Yet, the Bible tells us in Romans 12:3-8, 1 Corinthians 12-14, Ephesians 4: 11-13, and 1 Peter 4:10-11 that God has given spiritual gifts to each believer. Just what is a spiritual gift? It is a Spirit-enhanced ability given by God to believers for use in his kingdom.
God meant for believers to work together, as all the parts of our physical bodies work together, to carry out his work in the world. When the church deploys its members in ways that honor their spiritual gifts, God's kingdom work is done most effectively. And, believers are both fruitful and fulfilled in their ministry.
Do you know what your gift is? Ask God to help you discover your gifts. Think about what you do that seems to come naturally to you. Think about what you have done in ministry that has made you feel fulfilled, and where you have seen good results. Ask friends what they think your gifts are. These are clues to your giftedness. You can also find out by using assessments developed for church education (www.faithaliveresources.org). Also, as your children grow, notice where their talents and interest lie. Encourage them to explore different activities. That way they will understand that they are special-that they are gifted by God for special work in his kingdom.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What is Liz's special talent?
A. Deductive thinking.
Q. Who does he get to spend some time with?
A. Detective Spode.
Q. Who is in the same group as Morrie?
Q. What is their special ability?
A. Political science.
Q. What question do they debate?
A. School lunch—hot or cold?
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
Why is it important that believers identify their spiritual gifts?
Because this is the way that God means for believers to function in the church and in ministry. God means for us to be dependent on him and interdependent with each other. Read each of the spiritual gifts passages listed above and consider what gifts you may have represented in your family.