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Session 28

You were made to make a difference

Read: Exodus 31

You were designed to make a difference. God’s plans for His church are as simple as they are complex, and each of us play a part in how it all comes together.

In Exodus 31, God gave abilities to His people in order to achieve various tasks. Some were skilled in stone cutting, others in carpentry, others in sewing, others in blending fragrant oils for incense. In the same way, we all have a part in how the church functions. 1 Corinthians 12:11 says, “God distributes His gifts to each believer, just as He determines.”

Some teach children, while others encourage students. Some set the environment for a church service; others preach and lead us in song. Some of us heal with medicine, while others heal through prayer. Every spiritual gift is an act of service, an act of love. We are all building blocks that, when put together, accomplish God’s purpose of making Jesus known.

So how do we know what our gifts are? How do we know where we fit in? The answer is found in one word—obedience. Be open to God’s direction. Saying “yes” to Him opens opportunities to serve. Instead of trying to figure out how God wants to use you, the best way to discover your role in the church is to simply begin serving others.

Reflect:

  • What’s one area of your life where you struggle with saying “yes” to God?
  • What are your spiritual gifts? Not sure? Consider this: What brings you joy? What comes easily to you?
  • Is your next step to start serving in the church? Learn more at www.newspring.cc/serving.

1

What if the right thing costs you everything?

What if the right thing costs you everything?

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2

Are you in need of rescue?

Are you in need of rescue?

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3

Help is on the way

Help is on the way

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4

Looking for a sign that God is with you?

Looking for a sign that God is with you?

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5

What to do when God doesn’t meet your expectations

What to do when God doesn’t meet your expectations

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6

Will you let God set you free?

Will you let God set you free?

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7

Great success often starts with failure

Great success often starts with failure

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8

How to break a cycle of regret

How to break a cycle of regret

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9

What is your purpose in life?

What is your purpose in life?

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10

When you can’t see clearly

When you can’t see clearly

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11

We are all enslaved to something

We are all enslaved to something

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12

Freedom comes from following instructions

Freedom comes from following instructions

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13

How remembering the past shapes the present

How remembering the past shapes the present

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14

How to win the war

How to win the war

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15

How to celebrate life, even when it sucks

How to celebrate life, even when it sucks

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16

God’s presence is greater than His presents

God’s presence is greater than His presents

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17

God is our banner

God is our banner

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18

The gift we never knew we needed

The gift we never knew we needed

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19

The one person who never breaks a promise

The one person who never breaks a promise

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20

A new way to think about God’s commands

A new way to think about God’s commands

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21

Revenge isn’t as sweet as you think it will be

Revenge isn’t as sweet as you think it will be

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22

What if you are the thief?

What if you are the thief?

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23

Timing is everything

Timing is everything

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24

The key to effectiveness in the church

The key to effectiveness in the church

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25

Why you should give God your best

Why you should give God your best

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26

Worship is more than singing on Sunday

Worship is more than singing on Sunday

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27

What it means to be set apart

What it means to be set apart

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28

You were made to make a difference

You were made to make a difference

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29

Is impatience getting the better of you?

Is impatience getting the better of you?

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30

You’ve got a friend in me

You’ve got a friend in me

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31

You can come to God after a mistake

You can come to God after a mistake

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32

What happens when everyone gives what God says

What happens when everyone gives what God says

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33

How to do more than you ever thought possible

How to do more than you ever thought possible

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34

How to prepare our hearts for worship

How to prepare our hearts for worship

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