FILLED AND SKILLED WITH ABILITIES

Are you doing what you were made to do? Most people are more aware of their weaknesses and deficiencies than their strengths and abilities. Get to know your God-given abilities, and how you can serve in your sweet spot.

Notes And Next Steps

Exodus 31:1-6  + Part 4 of the series “SHAPE"

Abilities are natural talents you’re born with, skills that God gives so that you can always do what God wants you to do.

“I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you.” (Exodus 31:6)

“the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles and solve difficult problems.” (Daniel 5:12).

Be aware of your abilities and beware of your abilities.

“I have chosen Bezalel … and I have filled him with the Spirit of God …” (Exodus 31:2,3).

“… with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills—to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts.” (Exodus 31:3,4)

 

DISCUSS IN YOUR GROUP

    1. How are abilities different than spiritual gifts?

    _____  We are born with abilities but not spiritual gifts, which are given later

    _____  We are born with spiritual gifts but not abilities, which develop later

    _____  Only believers have spiritual gifts

    _____  The Bible tells us what our spiritual gifts are, but not our abilities

    1. Be aware! What is a skill that is more natural for you than it is for most others?
    1. God said, “I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you” (Exodus 31:6). We could call abilities given by God “response-abilities.” How so?
    1. When it comes to using your SHAPE for volunteer ministry at church, someone once said, “I get tired in volunteer ministry, but I never get tired of volunteer ministry.” Explain the truths behind this approach. See 2 Thessalonians 3:13; 1 Corinthians 15:57,58; 1 John 3:16.