From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Eph. 4:16)
Spiritual Gifts, given by the Holy Spirit, are God's enablement for believers to do their part. Written in the context of spiritual gifting, Ephesians 4:16 lets us know that each and every Christian has an important part in the growth of the Body. -- Serving one another through the use of our gifts is not optional.
Since there is a limit on the time we can serve, we need to structure our ministries around giftedness for maximum effectiveness. Knowing how we are spiritually gifted will help us identify where to put our focus, energy, and time. It will show us where we should plug in to ministry.
To serve God effectively we must follow God's design for the church, measure against God's character, and adhere to principles in His Word.
And, the use of our gifts must be exercised in His power and by His grace. Serving must be about what God does in and through us, not what we do.
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You may be an individual Christian seeking to get a better grip on God's design and purposes for your life. You may be a church leader or teacher desiring to help your church operate more within the realm of spiritual gifting because you see the difference it makes when everybody does their part.
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Work your way through this Bible teaching to not only define and identify your spiritual gifts but also develop and determine what kinds of ministries to pursue to effectively do your part in serving God.