The gifts of mercy and generosity often go hand in hand. Those with the gift of mercy are soft-spoken, easy to talk to, highly relational, and embody what it looks like to truly love people. Givers are typically well-organized, disciplined, sensitive to the needs of others, and find joy in both saving money and meeting the needs of others. The woman with the alabaster box is a beautiful picture of these two gifts and how they can work together. Simply put, we find that the logical conclusion of compassion is generosity and that you will never regret what love bids you to give away.
1. There are potential dangers that come along with each of these spiritual gifts. What potential danger do you need to be most aware of so that you steward your gift and use it well?
2. What do you feel like your strengths are? How do you see God using them? If you can't see him currently using them, how do you believe He can use them?
3. Jesus embodied all of the spiritual gifts in a perfect and profound way. How did He portray your particular gift, and what can you learn from the way He used it?
4. What is the most moving experience you have ever had as a recipient of generosity?
5. Talk about a time when you feel as though you were moved to be generous in the out of ordinary type of way?
6. Did you enjoy learning about spiritual/motivational gifts? Do you think you use your primary gift well in and for the church? How can you use it more or more effectively?
7. How did this series affect how you see people inside the church that are different than you?
8. What will be different about you after this series?
If you are not already serving or using your spiritual gift in and for the church, go to TheCreekChurch.com/next-steps to see what your Next Step should be.
Romans 12:4-5 (NIV) For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.