Series: Influencer

Topic: How to influence others

Text: Romans 12:3-8

SCRIPTURE: In verse 3, we are told to “not think more highly than he should think,” but instead to “think sensibly.” 

  • Are those thought processes opposite? 
  • What does following these directives look like for us? 
  • What is the purpose of God providing us with spiritual gifts?
  • Using the body metaphor used in this passage, give some examples of this model being worked out in your congregation?

Author Ray Stedman says, “There is only one church in all the world. All Christians belong to it…And so the church of Christ has many members, and they are different. That is what I like about the church — the diversity of it.”

Have a conversation about diversity in the church. What does that mean to you?

ACCOUNTABILITY:  Before meeting with your group, take the Spiritual Gifts Survey (if you haven’t done so recently) https://wearefaith.org/spiritual-gifts-survey/

  • What are your spiritual gifts? 
  • How are you using those today? 
  • What influence has God given you because of your specific gifting?
  • How does your group see you using your gifts? 

TRANSFORMATION: Discuss this quote from theologian John Murray’s “Commentary on Romans: “If we consider ourselves to possess gifts we do not have, then we have an inflated notion of our place and function; we sin by esteeming ourselves beyond what we are. But if we underestimate, then we are refusing to acknowledge God’s grace and fail to exercise that which God has dispensed for our own sanctification and that of others. 

  • How do we find that fine line between “inflated notion” and “underestimation?” 
  • What place does our community have in this search?
  • Who are you influencing?
  • Who are you influencing with the gospel?

“We spend so much time chasing big things that we’re not faithful in small things, or what we consider small things. Challenge yourself to invest in the areas of influence you’ve already been given.”

Christine Caine

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