Our Wholehearted series with our Middle School students on Wednesdays reminded one of our key parents of a great resource in Brene Brown. I hope this inspires you as a parent, as it inspires me as well!!
As followers of Christ, we have all received special God-given abilities that are a part of how the Lord has uniquely wired and gifted us. When we begin to identify these gifts, we are able to use them more effectively as well as grow more comfortable with who we are and how we’ve been designed – which is why we’ve complied them into a spiritual gifts list.
With definitions and scriptural connections the spiritual gifts list below covers 15 different spiritual gifts, which can be used for your own assessment or teaching your students. Looking to go deeper? LeaderTreks offers a comprehensiveSpiritual Gifts assessment.
This gift is listed in 1 Corinthians 12:9 where is is translated as “faith” or “special faith.”
This gift is listed in Romans 12:8 where it is usually translated as “showing mercy” or “showing kindness.”
This gift is listed in Romans 12:8 where it is usually translated as “leadership” or “he who leads.”
This gift is listed in 1 Corinthians 12:10 where it is usually translated as “distinguishing between spirits” or “discerning of spirits.”
This gift is listed in Romans 12:8 where it is usually translated as “encouraging” or “exhortation.”
This gift is listed in Ephesians 4:11 where it is usually translated as “evangelists.”
This gift is listed in Romans 12:8 where it is usually translated as “contributing to the needs of others” or “he who gives.”
This gift is listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8 where it is usually translated as “message of knowledge,” “word of knowledge,” or “gift of special knowledge.”
This gift is listed in Ephesians 4:11 where it is usually translated as “pastors.”
This gift is listed in 1 Corinthians 12:28 where it is usually translated as “administration,” “governments,” or “those who can get others to work together.”
This gift is listed in 1 Corinthians 12:28 and Ephesians 4:11 where it is usually translated as “apostles.”
This gift is listed in 1 Corinthians 12:28 where it is usually translated as “message of wisdom,” “word of wisdom,” or “ability to give wise advice.”
This gift is listed in Romans 12:6, 1 Corinthians 12:10, 28 and Ephesians 4:11 where it is usually translated as “prophesying,” “prophets,” or “ability to prophesy.”
This gift is listed in Romans 12:7 and 1 Corinthians 12:28 where it is usually translated as “helps,” “serving,” “ministry,” “forms of assistance,” or “those who are able to help others.”
This gift is listed in Romans 12:7, 1 Corinthians 12:28, and Ephesians 4:11 where it is usually translated as “teaching” or “teacher.”
What can you do this week to use your gifts?
What are you going to do?
When are you going to do it?
Is there someone who can keep you accountable?
“We cannot get Christ’s gifts without himself.” – Alexander Maclaren (The Epistles of St. Paul to the Colossians and Philemon, Volume 31 of Expositor’s Bible, 1905.)
MEMORIZE/MEDITATE ON THIS
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
Romans 12:4-5 (ESV)
Have you been overwhelmed by the LOVE of JESUS lately?
In a world where we crave true love, look for authentic relationships, and seem to fail at the pursuit so much, it is refreshing to be reminded of the Love that Jesus Christ gave away for you and for me. Jesus, himself, spoke of how this love works with those who follow him in John 15 below:
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
“To lay down one’s life for one’s friends” paints a picture of TRUE RECKLESS LOVE! As Jesus spoke to His disciples, he meant for their impact to be simple, LOVE. This overwhelming love from the Father was poured out in the loving sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross, so that we might be overflowing with the love of Jesus.
How can the overwhelming love of Jesus be an overflowing supply to your family, your friends, and those in your day-to-day life?
THANK YOU, JESUS, FOR YOUR RECKLESS LOVE FOR US!!!
When I was a kid, I was obsessed with Superman. Seriously! I still remember the day my parents handed me a box from Sears and Roebuck that contained a red cape, blue tights with a red-and-yellow “S” shield on the chest. When I put it on, something magical happened. It transformed me from a shy six-year-old to a super hero with unique powers.
I was more powerful than my dad’s parked car.
I could leap tall fences with a single bound.
I was faster than our speeding fox terrier.
Looking back, I am absolutely positive that I could jump higher, run faster, and do more whenever I put on that suit. That was the year I got in trouble with my mom for running across the roof of our house in my red cape and underwear. It was just one of those days when I had to get suited up fast, so I left the tights off and just went with the cape. And don’t ask me how I got up on the roof. You should know. I flew, of course. At least that’s what I remember.
I don’t actually recall when I stopped believing in Superman, but his story did convince me of something that is true.
Good will ultimately win over evil.
I love to be inspired and look for creative ways to be reminded of the journey to the Cross during Holy Week. Scott Erickson has a great way of merging today’s value in Art and the Spiritual Journey we all take to the Cross. Hope this inspires you this week as well.
The Stations of the Cross began as a practice that pilgrims would have when they were retracing Jesus’ finals steps in Jerusalem up to the hill where he was crucified. Wanting to share that practice and experience with people who couldn’t make the trip to the Holy City, they created these stations of meditation that became in itself a tradition. Today, you can find this tradition on the inside of many churches.
This journey to the cross is not only a meditation of Jesus accomplishing what he came to do – the redemption of humanity through his own willful sacrifice – but it’s also a contemplation of Jesus silently participating in some of the worst aspects of being human. We see him being tempted. Betrayed by a friend. Convicted in an unjust system. Pain. Mockery. Public humiliation. Broken family relationships.
He was one who was not separate from our own pain.
I don’t think our deepest question is “Is there a God?”
IS GOD REALLY IN THE MIDST OF ALL OF THIS?
The Gladsome Light is releasing their new album with the Oakwood Student Ministry Tonight!
Pizza in Main Foyer 6pm!
Pick up a Packet starting Wed, March 7, for BBQ Sunday on April 15!!!
Oakwood Student Ministry Students raise funds out of each ticket to go DIRECTLY TO REGISTRATION COSTS!
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Our Middle School Camp is Sunday, June 3 – Friday, June 8. Middle School students will be challenged with Personal Assignment Times, Serve Opportunities in the surrounding East Texas area, Engaging Worship, and Relational Leaders that truly show the Love of Jesus. Not to mention GaGa Ball, Volley Ball, and Camp competition Games + Great CAMP FOOD Every TIME!!!
Middle School Mission Trip is June 25-29. Our Mission Trip is focused on Serving Hard and Playing Hard as Middle School Students will have the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Middle School Students have the opportunity to Intentionally Engage a community dedicated to assisting and extending a loving hand to some of the most disadvantaged children and single-mother families in our culture.
Middle School Students grab a Shipley Doughnut or two, worship together, and listen to a talk time geared for them. We end the hour in Fusion Small Group break out rooms by grade and gender.
Wednesday Nights – Student Pavilion 6:30pm to 8:00pm.
Set up an environment geared towards Grades 6-8, 6:30pm to 8pm. Students begin in the Student Pavilion and move to breakout rooms to end the evening.
What is Fusion? Fusion offers a loving and accepting environment geared for Middle School Students Grades 6-8. We have events, weekly meetings, and exist to Intentionally Engage Middle School Students by leading them to the heart of the Father.
When and Where does Fusion Meet? ? 6th-8th grades begin in the NEW STUDENT PAVILION on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights.
What happens on Fusion Sundays? Beginning at 9:15am, students have a Shipley doughnut or five, worship time with a band, talk time, and then break out in rooms by grade and gender for small group time. 10:30am is dismissal time from break out rooms.
What happens on Fusion Wednesdays? 6:30 Bible Study Begins in the NEW STUDENT PAVILION!!!!! – We have hang out time before things get started, begin with Worship, move to Talk Time, then Students move to break out rooms for real life discussion. 8pm is dismissal time.
What can my Middle Schooler do for dinner? We suggest sending your student to the Oakwood Wednesday Night Dinner for a nice hot meal. Students are welcome to hang out with us in the New Student Pavilion between 5:30 and 6:30pm.
Can my Middle Schooler play on the playground? Parents, please let your Middle Schooler know that the playground is for CHILDREN and that they will be asked to leave the playground.
What is Middle School Fuze Night? Fuze Night is a large group gathering for Middle School Students in the Student Pavilion on Wednesday Night. 6:00pm begins with pizza and hang time then we move to high energy music, a relevant speaker, and response time. 8pm is dismissal time. Middle School students are challenged to shine a light for Jesus in their area of influence.
What is All Access? All Access is a foyer event geared for students to invest and invite a friend. The Oakwood Student Ministry, grades 6-12, meet in the Main Worship Center for a night of high energy worship and a relevant message, challenging students to follow Christ. 6:00pm begins with food and hang time, then high energy music, a relevant speaker, and response time. 8pm is dismissal time. Our Believe Weekend Kick-Off night is an All Access Night as well as our Back to School Bash.