Mission Incredible: The Gifts
Spiritual gifts are the extraordinary powers God gives ordinary people who follow Him so they can live their “Mission Incredible” for Him!
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Mission Incredible: The Gifts
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What does the Bible say?
Memorize this verse
This week’s verse: 2 Timothy 1:6 – “Fan into flame the gift of God that is in you… (ESV)
What truth is God speaking to us through His Word?
Listen for God’s voice through the verse
– God has given you a gift to use for Him!
– Be determined to use your spiritual gift God gave you
What can we learn about these truths?
Draw your kids into this concept through this reading
In the past weeks, we have talked about living our “Mission Incredible” for God. It’s an amazing thing that God invites us to be on His team, as part of His story in this world. We know that we must train and practice to live for Him, by doing our spiritual disciplines. And we know that we face a battle when we’re on God’s team, because we have an enemy who hates Him and hates us.
If we stopped there, we might feel a little overwhelmed or discouraged. However, God is a good, good heavenly Father. When we choose to follow Him and place our faith in Him, He gives us gifts! And I’m not just talking about gifts like air to breathe, nature to enjoy and food to eat. I’m talking about something called spiritual gifts.
Spiritual gifts are: extraordinary powers God gives to ordinary people who believe in Him to help them serve Him and serve others.
On “Mission Incredible”, God gives every one of His followers at least one spiritual gift.
Background Info: It seems that Timothy had as least two spiritual gifts: evangelism (2 Timothy 4:5) and preaching (2 Timothy 4:2). He very possibly had multiple other spiritual gifts as well, but these must be more inferred from what Paul taught him than from what Paul directly said about him.
There are all kinds of spiritual gifts, including: prophecy, service, teaching, encouragement, giving, leadership and mercy (which the Bible teaches about in Romans 12). There are also the gifts of wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, distinguishing spirits, tongues, interpretation, teaching, prophecy, and languages (spoken of in 1 Corinthians 12). We can study more about all the different gifts later, but, for now, let’s just know there are lots of gifts.
The Bible says, “There are different gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord” (1 Corinthians 12:4-5). In other words, there are so many different kinds of gifts, but they all come from one Person: God! That’s pretty incredible, for sure!
The Apostle Peter wrote, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (1st Peter 4:10 NIV). A steward is somebody who manages or looks after someone else’s property. The spiritual gifts are God’s, but He gives them to us to use for Him!
When Paul discipled Timothy, he told him to “fan” his spiritual gift into “flame.” This has the idea that your spiritual gift can start very small, but that with time, practice and care, it can grow bigger and greater! Like lighting a campfire with a tiny match, a spiritual gift can start small and grow into something amazing.
God gives you a spiritual gift when you put your faith in Him! This is your “super power” to help you live your “Mission Incredible” for Him! You “fan into flame” this spiritual gift God has given you when you use that gift to serve others for Him!
Let’s memorize our verse about this! It says:
“2 Timothy 1:6 – “Fan into flame the gift of God that is in you…” 2 Timothy 1:6
(Let’s be sure to say the reference before and after the verse, so that we can remember its “address” in the Bible!)
I love that we are learning about being incredible for God! I’m so proud of you kids!
What questions do we have about this?
Talk about the questions that arise
– What does our memory verse mean when it says, “the gift of God that is in you”? What gift is being referred to? (spiritual gifts!)
– What is a spiritual gift? (extraordinary powers God gives ordinary people who believe in Him so that they can serve Him and others)
– What are some of the spiritual gifts?
– What spiritual gifts do you think you might have?
– What does it mean to “fan into flame” the spiritual gift that is in you?
What has God given you? (a gift!)
What do you get to do with that gift? (use it!)
Our spiritual gift may start out small within us, but then what happens? (it “fans” out and grows! Use your fan craft to show them.)
What else does the Bible say about these truths?
Look at this concept in other places in God’s Word
Old Testament: Throughout the Old Testament, the Spirit of God gave people unique giftings and abilities, in addition to their natural abilities, in order that they could live their “Mission Incredible” for Him.
For instance, Moses wrote that Bezalel was a creative, talented man to whom the Spirit of the Lord gave the gifts of wisdom, understanding and artistic design (Exodus 31:1-3). Bezalel’s friend Oholiab and the other workmen were also given special skills and abilities by God, in order that they could help Bezalel build the tabernacle and all its beautiful furnishings (Exodus 31:4-11).
God gives His followers all kinds of gifts to serve Him, and He has given His followers these unique, special giftings since the very beginning of history.
New Testament: When we think of spiritual gifts in the New Testament, we can think of the “twelves” – 1st Corinthians 12 and Romans 12. These two passages of Scripture list the most spiritual gifts. There are other references of spiritual gifts throughout the Bible, but these “twelves” are the most comprehensive (which means, these include the most).
Let’s read what “the twelves” say about spiritual gifts:
1 Corinthians 12:1-11 says: “Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are different activities, but the same God produces each gift in each person. A manifestation of the Spirit is given to each person for the common good: to one is given a message of wisdom through the Spirit, to another, a message of knowledge by the same Spirit, to another, faith by the same Spirit, to another, gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another, the performing of miracles, to another, prophecy, to another, distinguishing between spirits, to another, different kinds of tongues, to another, interpretation of tongues. One and the same Spirit is active in all these, distributing to each person as he wills. (CSB)
Romans 12:6-8 says: “According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts: If prophecy, use it according to the proportion of one’s faith; if service, use it in service; if teaching, in teaching; if exhorting, in exhortation; giving, with generosity; leading, with diligence; showing mercy, with cheerfulness” (CSB).
The big idea here that I want you to see is that there are lots of gifts, and God decides who gets each one – including you!!!
How can we live out these truths?
Suggested Idea: As you think through this lesson, pray about what your child’s spiritual gift is or may be. As the Lord whispers to you about your child’s spiritual gift, acquire and wrap up a present that relates or corresponds to that. Think creatively! Here are some ideas to get you thinking: for the gift of wisdom – an owl stuffed animal; for the gift of giving – a piggy bank; for the gift of serving – a bake set; etc.). The gift should make your child ask “why this?” when they open it so that you can explain that it is a symbol of expressing and using their spiritual gift. Whatever the gift is, give it to your child then say:
The Bible says, “Don’t neglect the gift that is in you” (1 Timothy 4:14). If we “neglect” our spiritual gift(s), that would be like ignoring the presents under the Christmas tree! We would never do that, would we? We can’t wait to see what our gifts are! We are determined to open our presents and then use them, right?
In the same way, we want to find out what our spiritual gifts are as a family and be sure to put them into practice. So, go ahead – open your present and let’s talk about it!
Parents, please note: There are lots of spiritual gift tests for kids and teens online. Different denominations approach spiritual gifts differently, so you will find tests that may have more or less spiritual gifts than what your theological grid allows. Use a spiritual gift test that you feel comfortable with, and guide your children through it. Just remember: when you read the Word, be sure to quiet your heart and let God’s voice whisper to you through it. Let His voice – not just a denomination, a certain theological grid, or a preconception of how it’s “supposed to be” – guide you in training your children through learning about and understanding their spiritual gifts. ALSO, if you feel fairly certain of a certain spiritual gift, type “spiritual gift of ____” into a web search engine, then read about that specific gift with your child. Take this moment to speak into your child and fan into flame what God is doing in them!
Suggested idea: If you have opportunity to have a campfire, this is the perfect lesson to have your child/teen help you start and tend the fire while you talk about fanning a spark into a flame.
How shall we respond to the Lord for these truths?
Praise and prayer as a family
Lord God, You are so good to give us spiritual gifts when we give our lives to You. Help us to learn and understand what our special gifts are, and then give us the courage to use these for You and those You place in our lives. We love You so much, Jesus! Amen!
Family Disciple Me
Speak this blessing prayer over your children
When you give your life to Jesus, He gives you so many things, including spiritual gifts – which is your extra-special way you can serve Him and others. I thank God for what He is doing in you, and I’m going to do my best to fan into a bright flame the gift He has put in your life. May you always guard what has been entrusted to you (1 Timothy 6:20). In Jesus’ Name Amen!
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