On the personal side, the grace gifts we are given enable us to serve God through the uniqueness God granted at our creation. … On the corporate side, the grace gifts enable us to work for the common good, to band together with others for the betterment of our congregations and the communities in which they are located—our mission field. I have long believed that God has already placed within each community of faith all the grace gifts, skills, passions, and experience necessary for that community to fulfill God’s call to mission and ministry in and with its unique mission field.
—Christine Harman, For the Common Good: Discovering and Using Your Spiritual Gifts (Discipleship Resources, 2021)
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Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
—1 Corinthians 12:4-7, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
Give me knowledge and insight that will help me make the right choices in my life. Amen.
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You are beloved, and you are gifted. Rediscovering Our Spiritual Gifts: Building Up the Body of Christ Through the Gifts of the Spirit will help you discover the particular gifts the Holy Spirit has given you and challenges you to use. A “Grace Gifts Inventory” is included in the book to help you identify and apply the spiritual gifts in your life.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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