Family Bible Study lesson for June 15: The Church: Ministering to Needs
May 30 2003 by Kim D. Shaver , Romans12:4-8

Family Bible Study lesson for June 15: The Church: Ministering to Needs | Friday, May 30, 2003

Friday, May 30, 2003

Family Bible Study lesson for June 15: The Church: Ministering to Needs

By Kim D. Shaver Romans12:4-8

Ephesians 4:11-16

1 Peter 4:10-11

In a world that exalts individualism, most people are self-absorbed with their own needs. One of the greatest freedoms offered by Jesus Christ is the freedom to move beyond our own needs and to minister to the needs of others. As the church becomes more like Jesus, we will become less self-centered and more others-centered.

As Jesus walked on this earth, He was always attracted to people with needs, not irritated or repulsed by them. He knew those needs gave an opening for Him to enter and bless lives.

As we grow in the grace of God, we too will be drawn to others with needs and seek to meet those needs in the spirit and love of Christ.

Use spiritual gifts

Romans 12:4-8

People have a variety of needs. These include spiritual needs and emotional, practical, social, material, intellectual and health-related needs. Each of these needs is ultimately fulfilled through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, who is "all-in-all."

Jesus Christ, the all-in-all, apportions a variety of spiritual gifts to members of His body in order to meet the needs of the body. Those gifted in teaching meet the spiritual needs of others, while those gifted with encouragement and mercy meet emotional needs. Those gifted in generosity meet material needs and those gifted in serving meet practical needs, and so on.

God's design is not for our gifts to be used in self-centered ways for our own personal success, but for our gifts to be used in building up the body of Christ.

Work together to attain

Christ's fullness

Ephesians 4:11-16

How can we "grow up" spiritually, attaining "the whole measure of the fullness of Christ?" Alone, this would be impossible. But God forms us into Christ's body - a group of uniquely gifted individuals united in holy purposes and in their love for one another and for God. As each one serves and uses their spiritual gifts, the body attains "unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and becomes mature."

The body "builds itself up in love as each part does its work." Love is the mortar of the temple, the supporting ligaments of the body. Without love, a group of gifted people becomes competitive and prideful. But when love is the motive for serving, the body attains the fullness of Christ's character and purpose.

Glorify God through service

1 Peter 4:10-11

The Dead Sea is stagnant and lifeless because rivers feed into it, but no water flows out of it.

God's purpose in gifting us is that we find the secret of abundant living by "pouring out" our gifts on others through service. And as we serve and help others, we point them to Christ.

As Jesus said, "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven" (Matt. 5:16). Meeting others' needs in the name of Christ points them to God, the "great need meeter" who is "all-in-all."

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