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Your Function in the Body of Christ

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"As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." 1 Peter 4:10

What is a steward? Biblically, a steward is one who faithfully manages God's resources for God's glory. Often times, followers of Jesus think too narrowly of the concept of a steward only equating it to the management of money. However, stewardship is a much broader biblical principle. Here, Peter reminds believers that we are to be good stewards of the spiritual gifts God gives to us. Meaning, there can also be bad stewards. Here is an evaluation question to see whether or not you faithfully stewarding the grace gift you've been given as a Jesus follower: Are you using your grace gift to serve the body of Christ? And if you don't know how God's designed you to function with His body, one of the ways you discover your gifting is to start serving. To read more about spiritual gifts, look up the following passages: Romans 12:3-8, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, and Ephesians 4:11-12

What are some tangible ways you can serve those within the body based on who God's created you to be?

Responsibilities Within the Family

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"As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." 1 Peter 4:10

At Hope Church, we are a family. And just like we have responsibilities within our physical family, as part of God's family, we too have a responsibility to one another. One of those responsibilities is to serve one another with the grace gift that God has given each of us. You see, we need to begin to see the church not as a place that exists to meet our personal needs, but as a community where Christ in us can meet the needs of others around us. That means that we must be on the lookout to see how we can bless others within the family of God by serving them. If you are an encourager, who can you speak a word of encouragement and comfort to? If you have the gift of hospitality, who can you invite into your home to enjoy a meal together? If you have the gift of leadership, how can you use your influence to lead in ministry?

Are you aware of the needs of those around you? How might God want to use you to help meet those needs?

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