This book was written to serve as the primary text for a Lay Servant Ministries advanced course on spiritual gifts. This course is available to and recommended for everyone. If you are pursuing a designation within the Lay Servant Ministries program, it is helpful to take this course at the beginning of your call to Lay Servant Ministry. It can help confirm the direction of your call, or it can help you discern the direction in which your call may be taking you.
—Christine Harman, For the Common Good: Discovering and Using Your Spiritual Gifts (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
—Matthew 28:18-20 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, help me to discover and use the gifts you have given me to serve you. Guide me to find ways to use my gifts for the common good of others. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
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