Moving Myself – and Others - Forward
Life Is a Highway Pt 4
1.23.11 Bud Wrenn
‘…. we are made to serve others….’
Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life
John 10:14-16 (NLT) 14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, 15 just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.
Understanding my Unique SHAPE
Spiritual Gifts - Unique commissioning made available to all believers, activated at the point of surrender to Christ.
1 Cor. 12:4-7 (NLT) Now there are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but it is the same Holy Spirit who is the source of them all.  There are different kinds of service in the church, but it is the same Lord we are serving.  There are different ways God works in our lives, but it is the same God who does the work through all of us.  A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church.
A Partial List of the Gifts
Service Tongues Kindness
Wisdom Interpretation Administration
Giving Teaching Healing
Leadership Faith Preaching
Heart - Areas of passion and interest that move you relationally closer to God.
Matthew 22:37-39 (NLT) Jesus replied, " 'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.'  This is the first and greatest commandment.  A second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'
Your “heart” represents the center of the motivations, desires, and inclinations.
“Guard your heart, for from it flows the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23
Abilities: Strength - An activity in which you have the potential to consistently perform at a level of near perfection;
Ephes. 2:10 (NLT) For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Personality - The real you that projects to those closest to you.
Romans 12:2 (NLT) Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.
The Myers-Briggs Type Instrument
Is about Preference!
Thinking ç==================è Feeling
Judging ç====================è Perceiving
Experience - The element of your past intended to shape your future.
2 Cor. 1:4 (Msg) He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.
My Ministry - Service to others in the body of Christ.
My Mission - Service to those not yet in the body of Christ.