Made For More – Part 4 – “Made To Do More”
Sermon by Greg MacRobbie – Sunday, January 26, 2020
It’s not about jamming more into your 24 hours per day. How is the church designed and how are God’s people equipped to do more of the things that are important to God’s mission for us?
Life Group Study Guide
Scripture: Ephesians 4
How many systems in the human body can you name? See who can name the most 🙂
After, take a look at this list of the 11 main body systems.
Did anything on this list surprise you? Some of these systems are almost completely unnoticeable… until they malfunction. If you had to do without one of those systems, which would it be? They are all important, and only together do they allow for us to be truly healthy.
1. Was there something in this week’s teaching that particularly struck you or got you thinking?
2. Talk about this: ‘Just as the body has systems that work together to allow for health and reproduction, Jesus gives organizing systems to His body for fullness, for more impact, and for the mobilization of EVERY member. Jesus has provided a mosaic of unique gifts as represented within the five-fold gifting of APEST (Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Shepherd, Teacher)… Without representation of each of these strengths in the church, we will struggle to express His fullness into every corner of culture and into every sphere of society.’
3. Read Ephesians 4:1-16. How would you put v.11-16 into practice in the church? Would you organize around it? Why or why not?
4. Talk about this: “We acknowledge that there has been and continues to be differences of opinion within the church over the “5-Fold Gifts” mentioned in Ephesians 4. Were they only for the early church? Are the Apostolic and Prophetic gifts only for the first century? Were these 5 gifts only reserved for a few people who then equip others OR is the entire church blessed with a spectrum of these functional gifts? These questions of cessationism or continualism have been debated for years… We are not likely to resolve the questions in the next 30 minutes, and we don’t need to.”
“For this study, we will live in the dynamic tension of the different interpretations of Ephesians 4, while placing our focus on the very pragmatic, underlying strengths and functions of each gift, recognizing that Jesus is the perfect expression of each, and our calling involves becoming more like Christ.
• Apostolic: sending, extending, entrepreneurial
• Prophetic: questioning, seeking justice, challenging mission drift, protecting the marginalized
• Evangelistic: inviting, including, gathering, revealing
• Shepherding: protecting, providing, caring
• Teaching: explaining, organizing, planning”
As you read these descriptors, do any of them sound more like you? Which ones? Do others in the group agree?
5. If most Christians have at least one of these as their primary influencing style, the lens through which they see life and serve, how can that be a benefit? and how could it potentially be a problem?
6. Why would it be wise for a church family, team or group to be led in a way that values a balance each of these influencing styles?
7. How helpful would it be for you to have more insight into your own personal influencing style mix, and how your style influences how you see things and interact with others? [FYI, we are working on making a gift discovery system available to you later in the year].
What is God saying to you from His Word? What are you going to do about it?