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{September 29, 2019}






Heartland Community Church


September 29 – October 4, 2019

 

I AM: Your Gifting

By Sheree Lutz

Why am I here? I know that I ask this very question while eating a chicken mcnugget meal at McDonalds, going for a walk outside and uphill in 90-degree weather, or sitting through a three-hour beginner violin recital. But in all seriousness, is this question not something we all ask ourselves at some point?

It seems that humans have an innate desire for purpose in our lives. To feel the security of knowing we are part of a larger narrative. Longing to see that we somehow make a difference in the world. Thankfully, as believers in Jesus and at a macro level, scripture tells us why we are on this earth. Romans 8:29 states, “For He knew all about us before we were born and he destined us from the beginning to share the likeness of his Son.” (TPT) Ultimately, we are here to share with others the likeness of Jesus himself. We are to be his messengers, reflections of his glory as the Son of God. This is no small gifting! 

But we also so often yearn for specifics about why we are individually here. What is our personal gifting within the body of Christ? Which aspect of his character is our strength? As Jay said, we are designed for our own unique calling. Like David with Goliath, he was destined for that time and place. His courage and heart were aligned with the story God laid out for him. But doesn’t it always seem more simple in hindsight? Or looking at someone else’s life?

For me, this is something I have been wrestling with the last few years. A persistently felt nudge called me to a season of anonymity, which sometimes feels at odds with my gifting (Shepherd and Teacher). It has been a time in my life where endeavoring to reflect Jesus’ likeness comes with little notoriety or acknowledgment. But, I am learning that it comes with its own purpose! In fact, Jesus himself lived an essentially anonymous life from the age of two to thirty. God the Father asked him to wait in patient obedience. The right moment to play out the reason for his becoming a human on earth had not yet come. Similarly, David was an unknown shepherd boy until his battle with Goliath. So we can see that their waiting years were not fruitless!

Perhaps, in the waiting, we are being prepared for our, “Why Am I Here?” In fact, if we truly want to “be like Jesus,” like we so often say, we must accept that it includes seasons of hiddenness just like his. According to author Alicia Britt Chole, “ [In] anonymous seasons we must hold tightly to the truth that…Father God is neither care-less nor cause-less with how he spends our lives. When he calls a soul simultaneously to greatness and obscurity, the fruit—if we wait for it—can change the world.”

Perhaps our souls are being molded after Christ’s likeness during these times. We are being asked to deepen ourselves in obedience, patience, humility, and many more things.

Perhaps, you know your exact gifting and how to use it already, and this is wonderful! God has prepared you for this moment! Let him call you to further his kingdom and share Jesus’s likeness in your own unique way. But, if you are like me, still unsure of what exactly that may look like, I encourage you to join me in the anticipating. Let us not lose sight that in the waiting; we are being prepared for the moment when God the Father calls us to step up to the plate.

 

CLICK HERE to watch the 9.29.19 message, I AM: Your Gifting.

 

{sunday 9.29.19}

Read Romans 8:29, 2 Peter 1:3, Ephesians 2:10, Ephesians 4:11-13

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Do you know your spiritual strengths? If so, how do they characterize Jesus’ likeness in you? Have you ever felt hidden? How did your faith grow in that period of life? If we are all masterpieces created by God, how can we help share this with others? What is one practical thing you can do in the next week to dig into your unique gifting?

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

As you read the verses each day, make notes of questions you have about what you’re reading as well as answering the reflection questions below. Grab a friend or two to discuss what you are learning and what God is doing in your lives.

 

{monday 9.30.19}

Read Mark 7:9-23

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 10.1.19}

Read Mark 7:24-37

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 10.2.19}

Read Mark 8:1-13

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 10.3.19}

Read Mark 8:14-21

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 10.4.19}

Read Mark 8:22-38

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{community discussion questions}

We weren’t meant to experience the life of Jesus alone, so we encourage you to rally a few others to discuss what you are hearing, reading, and reflecting on together. Whether you are meeting as a Journey Community group, talking with a few friends throughout the week, or bringing up spiritual conversations around your table at home, feel free to use some of these questions as conversation starters on your journey.

  • Can you name a takeaway or challenge from the Sunday message?
  • How has that been relevant, challenging, or meaningful to your life this week?
  • What have you observed about God, Jesus, yourself, others, or God’s plan for you from these readings?
  • Where do you need a breakthrough from God this week?
  • Who do you need to share what you’re learning about God with?

 

{extra journey resources}

CLICK HERE to visit The Bible Project site and explore their super simple, super informative Bible videos (and other resources).

CLICK HERE to get the Read Scripture App, from our friends at The Bible Project.

CLICK HERE for more on how to use the observe-reflect-apply approach to getting the most out of your Bible reading.

The Bible App Get a free Bible for your phone, tablet, and computer. Experience the Bible anywhere, with options to highlight, save notes, and share what you are reading with others.

Bible Gateway Provides advanced Bible searching capabilities, which allow readers to find passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference.

 

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