Thursday, May 22, 2008

I AM so you don't have to be Lesson 3 prt 1

'I AM' Study Round Two
I AM - So You Don't Have To Be
Blog Bible Study Lesson Three
'When Life Doesn't Work Out Like You Planned'
Part 1

Background Reading:Exodus Chapter 2
Acts 7:21-28
Hebrews 11:23-29 Focal Verses: Exodus 2:11-2:12
"One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. Glancing this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand."

Discussion Questions:

1. It was stated in the Lesson that God has made you "once, twice, three times a lady." Where are you in this progression? Obviously we have all been physically born, but are you 'twice a lady'? Have you been born again spiritually? This may be a private matter you'd like to discuss confidentially. If so, email me. If you have already received this gift, write a brief prayer of thanksgiving or testimony.
I was ask one time to write my testimony, and it would not come together, I finally told God, okay You are going to have to write this, and He told me "You are the testimony. You are a walking talking testimony to My grace and loving kindness." I have never forgotten this and is where I point to.

2. Are you three times a lady? Has God given you a stirring deep within your Spirit to be a 'deliverer'? Do you have a desire or are you already meeting a need in the life of the church, a particular ministry (such as jail ministry, food ministry, etc.) or perhaps individuals who share common issues?
No deep stirrings in my Spirit, just God trying to teach me to lean on Him. We've been around this mountain several times, you would think I would have learned by now, but alas, here I am again. Thank God He never tires of me, and is patiently leading and wooing me out of my shell and into the light. This from someone who would not be considered shy or withdrawn, but rather loud and in your face..so go figure. But I am learning I am shy and withdrawn when it comes to trusting and leaning on Him even though I have seen miracle after miracle in mine and my families life. Like I told Michelle, sometimes it is just so much easier to believe the bad stuff the enemy is pumping out, than it is to believe God and His Word.


3. Do you ever get tired of waiting for that opportunity to do something
worthwhile for God? Do you ever feel God is using someone else instead of you?
Yes I do, and the enemy uses that to distract and draw me away from where God is trying to move me and grow me so that He can use me. Yes and no I see the ministry that God is giving someone else and I get jealous and say why not me..but as far as using someone else instead of me I don't think so.

4. What do you consider 'worthwhile ministry'? Are you like me and sometimes find yourself mistakenly thinking it has to be Big to be Important?
Anything that meets the needs of the church body and is legal.
NO..cleaning the church is just as important as the pastor standing in the pulpit, and it's probably because of the person cleaning and praying over the toilet, that the pastor is able to stand and proclaim the Word of God so boldly.


5. Have you ever taken a spiritual gifts test? If yes, what are yours? If no, here's a good one from Ephesians 4 Ministry. Will you take it and come back with a response? Knowing some of you like I already do, I can almost pick out what your gift is before you say it. I can't wait to see if I'm right!
The Ephesian 4 Ministry test says that I am a Pastor/Shepherd, Evangelism, and administration.
I called my friend Dona and ask her if she wanted a laugh and told her. She was not surprised. A friend at the gym the other day said that I had the gift of giving. I love to serve, if we are at a function with food I will be the one taking plates that are finished or refilling your drink. I do take salvation very serious, and believe that when someone makes a profession of faith, that there should be a bible and a sponsor placed in their hands. If you are telling someone that their reality has been changed and then just smile and say good luck..well let me say I don't want to answer to God for the baby that wandered off and got lost because no one was watching. People need to be planted and taught, and if the church that the got saved in is not the church for them, then take their hand and find them one!!!. Sorry I will get off my soap box.

So maybe I am a evangelising pastor/shepherd that likes to serve after all...who would have thunk it.

2 comments:

Michelle V said...

Sallye,

Too cool! I love your gifts! It's so funny that you say you're not shy and reserved because that is actually my downfall; I am. But, I totally agree with you that any one who helps with all the work that needs to be done within the church is part of the ministry! I'm really enjoying this study!

Michelle

JnL4God said...

THanks for the visit. I'm loving the study too. I didn't read your blog yet I am just answering yours.
I was Pastor/Sheppard and Mercy.
I will be back on Monday so I'll catch up with you more then. Glad to have a new study buddy.
Be Blessed.
Lynn