LISTEN TO THE SERMON:
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NEED TO KNOW:
OneLife Kidz Tailgate Kick-off
Last week we had an incredible response of OneLifers committing to getting in the game with our family ministry! Now it’s time to get started. At 6:30pm on Tuesday, August 23 at our Halls campus and Wednesday, August 24 at our Powell campus we will be hosting a tailgate kick-off night for OneLife Kidz. Whether you’re a current volunteer or one of the dozens of new volunteers that signed up last week, we want to see you there. In addition to this event being a lot of fun, you’ll also learn some practical training to help you as you serve this semester. Go to onelifeknox.com/volunteer to let us know you’re coming.
OneLife’s 7-Year Service
For nearly 7 years we’ve seen God do something incredible at OneLife Church – something so big only He could get the credit! So for our 7th birthday we’re going to celebrate all that God has done as one church in one location. On Sunday, September 18 we’ll join together at the World’s Fair Park Amphitheater for a time of worship, baptism, and celebration of the last 7 years. Then, after the service we’ll have a family day in World’s Fair Park with food, fun, and entertainment. You don’t want to miss this!
Student Rally September 11
If you’re a middle or high school student, then we want to invite you to our next student rally! On Sunday night, September 11 at 6pm at the Powell campus, students from both campuses will come together for a night of powerful worship, hanging out, and getting to know other students. If you’re not currently involved in OneLife’s student ministry this is a great way to get started!
THINK IT OVER
Think back through Sunday’s message. What stuck out?
Finding my position and playing to my strength gets me in the game.
- Every single one of us has been given a special gift or skill to be used on the team.
- There were are gifts (aka positions) Jesus gives to those who follow Him: apostle, prophet, evangelist, shepherd, or teacher.
- Apostles are “quarterbacks” – they move the ball down the field.
- Prophets are “safeties” – they predict where the opponent is going and bring correction by intercepting the ball.
- Evangelists are “recruiters” – they bring new people to the team.
- Shepherds are “linemen” – they are the protectors and rocks.
- Teachers are “coordinators” – they interpret the playbook.
- Our job is to use our gift to equip other people to join us in doing the work to bring more people into the body of Christ.
TALK IT OVER
Start Talking – Get the conversation started!
- What teams have you been on in your life and what was your position on the team?
- Were you ever in the wrong spot on a team? What was that like? How successful were you at that role?
- Read Ephesians 4:11. What would most people assume these gifts are referring to? Everyday Christians or the professional paid staff? Why do you think this happens?
- Read Ephesians 4:12. Those who receive a gift now have a responsibility. What does this verse say that responsibility is? How is this different than what most church goers assume? Why do they – and sometimes “we” – assume that?
- Read Ephesians 4:13. How long will God continue giving these gifts? What is the point of Paul laying out such a high standard in this verse?
- Have you ever felt like you really knew what role you could play for Jesus or the church? Have you ever felt gifted at something God has made you good at? Why or why not?
- What gift of these five do you think you have been given? If you haven’t already, take the APEST assessment right now as a group and share your results! (www.onelifeknox.com/apest)
- What surprised you most about this assessment? How have you seen this gift at work in your everyday life, or how has it shaped who you are even if you didn’t realize it before?
- Think about each of these five gifts and share someone in your life that you’ve seen who is naturally gifted in each of these areas. How did them using their gift impact you and your life?
- Now that you’ve seen what your gift might be, what is a next step you can take to use that gift in the church? How can you use that gift in your everyday life, Monday through Saturday?
- Read Luke 12:47-48. What warning does this passage give? What does it mean for you and the gift that God has given you?
- If you begin to use your gift in your everyday life – where you live, work, and play – who are some of the people that will be impacted as a result? What will they see and experience because of you living out your gift?
- Who will you be inviting this week to come with you to Best Day Ever next Sunday?
- As you pray, thank God for giving you a gift to use for Him!
- Confess to God the ways that you are often tempted to minimize the gift He has given you, or to not use the gift He has given you.
- Ask God to help you use your gift not only in the local church, but especially in your everyday life where you live, work, and play. Pray for those in your life that you are uniquely positioned to reach!
- Acts 16