Bible Study: Motivation for your Participation Part 2

Bible Study

September 28th, 2011

Wednesday Nights Bible Study continued from the teaching of the book of Nehemiah. In building the Wall there are 3 principles in which as believers we must apply to our lives as we allow God to use us to build His Kingdom:

1. Construction

2. Consistency

3.  Unity

Recap: Previous Bible Study Motivation for Participation

You know your capacity has grown so much that you can say in your heart “You got me in the flesh, but you don’t have me in the spirit” – Bishop

Nehemiah 4

Opposition to the Rebuilding

 

 1 When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, 2 and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?”

 3 Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building—even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wall of stones!”

 4 Hear us, our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity. 5 Do not cover up their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight, for they have thrown insults in the face of the builders.

 6 So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.

  • Your authority will lead to maturity.
    • Instead of responding in the flesh, respond in prayer.
    • Verse 6: So built “we” (Construction)
      • “When you are not walking in your authority you affect other believers” – Bishop
      • “I’m building me so together we can build we” – Bishop
        • Cannot construct without everyone doing their part.
          • It’s not about me
      • When there is a breach in the wall you leave room to get:
        • Discouraged
        • Offended
        • Verse 7-20 (Consistency)
          • “When I forget about the we – I’m focusing on the me” – Bishop

7 But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. 8 They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it. 9 But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.

 10 Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.”

 11 Also our enemies said, “Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work.”

 12 Then the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times over, “Wherever you turn, they will attack us.”

 13 Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows. 14 After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”

 15 When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to our own work.

 16 From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor. The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah 17 who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, 18 and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. But the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me.

19 Then I said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “The work is extensive and spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall. 20 Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!”

  • Unity

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” Psalm 133: 1

  • “For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.” 1 Corinthians 12:13
Next Bible Study: Wednesday October 5th, 2011, Focus on the Family kicks off! 
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Bible Study: Motivation for your Participation Part 2

Part 2: “Motivation for your Participation”

See you this Wednesday Night Bible Study. 7 p.m. at Urban Empowerment.

 

Bible Study September 7th, 2011

–       You are of God, you have to come unto Him as a child – meaning you are ever learning and ever with a desire to learn. Greater is he that is in you than he that in in the World. – Bishop

–       The greatness of God that is in me is greater than the pressure that oppose me. – Bishop

–       “My gift will not go without God’s gas.” – Bishop

–       There is somebody down the road waiting for you to show up with your gift.  It’s a divine destination and appointment just for you.- Bishop

–       Working for  God’s people isn’t always easy.  The Holy Spirit gives you power, love, and ability to use your gift. – Bishop

–       The enemy is attacking your mind so you won’t use your gifts.

–       Proverbs 23:7

–       If I ever want to get to my destiny I cant have stinking thinking.  – Bishop

–       If I want to have the greatest destiny I have to think like God. – Bishop

You can see yourself the way God sees you and accept it!

Philippians 2:5

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus

  • You can not make someone else into something. You should be concern about being the best you can be. – Bishop
  • “Am I assigned to you?? are you assigned to me??- or am I assigned to somebody else.” – Bishop
  • “Never read the Bible to fast – you miss more than what you read” – Bishop
  • Recap of Matthew 4:1-11
    • (verse 1) Don’t go through the wilderness doing something that you were not lead by God to do. – Biggest butt whipping of your life. Do not go somewhere God hasn’t lead you. – Bishop
    • (Verse 2) CAPACITY is how much can you handle.
      • God will only lead you to the place to be tempted according to your capacity. God has given you enough of Him to handle what He’s allowing you to be tempted with.
    • (Verse 3-4) CAPABILITY is ability to allow your flesh in tough situations to decrease and your spirit man to increase. Living by what feeds my spirit, which should be/is the Word.
      • God desires us to grow in our capability to have spirit over flesh and not flesh over spirit.
      • FLESH WILL HAVE YOU DOING SOME CRAZY STUFF. – Bishop
    • (Verse 5-7) ABILITY to actually have spiritual discernment according to the Word of God.
      • Here the enemy uses the Word to try to trick Jesus up – twisting God’s word to make it to His benefit.
        • You have to have your spiritual discernment on. – Bishop

–       Have to have spiritual discernment according to the Word of God.

  • What is your discernment ability?
  • (Verse 8-10)  INTEGRITY is knowing when the enemy is trying to tempt you with something that God has already promised you.
    • When the enemy is after your gift he will try you as many times as it takes to tear you down. – Bishop
    • No Tolerance against Gesibelle and Absolom spirits.
      • College Students: “He already promised you graduation – why cheat on the test” – Bishop

–       “He already has promised you to be in school – why worry and trip off financial aid.” – Bishop

STABILITY

Luke 22:41-41

“And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed. Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”

  • Jesus had some sticktuivness. Know permissive will from God’s perfect will.
  • Many of us want “Microwave Blessings – If you want the manifold blessing from God there is some stuff God will keep you in because if he takes you out of the oven too quick you will not be fully qualified to handle what he has for you. You would be medium rare.” – Bishop
  • 1 Corinthians 15:28 “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
    • When you have the mind of Christ you are going to have to work for it, work through situations – your labor is not in vain. – Bishop
    • You have to labor in time with the Word of God so you can know what to do and speak. – Bishop
    • “Your knees aint ashy enough” – Bishop, What’s your prayer life looking like?
    • “You have to faith it and work it” – Bishop
    • Your gift is an essential element, a necessity for the body of Christ.
      • “The enemy is trying to distract you – so you will not be focused on your gift for the body of Christ.” – Bishop
      • Not only must we be concerned about the external gift killers, but we must also take an inward evaluation –  a “spirit check” to discern the internal gift quenchers.
        • You have an internal war going on to distract you from using your gifts which will make room for you.
        • If you put more attention on your gift, your ability, capacity,  and stability – if you put your attention on GOD he will allow your gifts to make room for you.

 

Next Bible Study Teaching Session: September 14th, 011

Nehemiah 4:1-6

When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?  Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building—even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wall of stones!  Hear us, our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity. Do not cover up their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight, for they have thrown insults in the face of[b] the builders.  So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.”

  • Do we have the Capability, Stability, Ability, Integrity, and Capacity?
  • Can’t allow the enemy to temp us out of position. We have to have the mind of Christ.

There are also 2 internal forces that can kill your gift:

  1. The Spirit of Discouragement
  2. The Spirit of Offense
See you at the next bible study this wednesday
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Bible Study: “Motivation for your Participation”

Is it because you have the mind of Christ that you are motivated to participate?

More and more college students have been attending Bible Study on Wednesday’s at 7 p.m. at Urban Empowerment. Don’t be lefted behind! Come out to wednesday night bible study as Bishop Lester Woods continue to dive into the Word with us. – Take your relationship with God ABOVE AND BEYOND!

 

Bible Study Notes: Motivation for your Participation

8/31/2011

 

  • God wants your time, tithe, and talent! – Bishop
    • Wouldn’t have time, tithe, and talent if it wasn’t for the Lord!  – Bishop
    • Not my will because I think too small – but God’s will. – Bishop
    • God will never give you a vision without provision. God will give you provision for the vision that He has for you. – Bishop
    • You need something in you that “powers” you getting from point A to point B. – Bishop
      • Need the Holy Spirit – Bishop

 

1 John 4:4

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

 

  1. The voice that is in me is greater than the voices that are outside of me.
    1. You have to have something greater on the inside of you that is greater than everything that is outside of you.
    2. “Pick up the Power” (Bishop)
    3. Holy Spirit is greater than lust, fear, issues,  etc.
    4. “It’s a mind thing and it’s a mind game.”

i.     It’s a heart thing and your heart is connected to your mind.

ii.     Watch your thoughts for they become words, Watch your words because they become actions, watch your actions because they become your habits, watch your habits because they become character, watch your character because it becomes your destiny.

                                                   iii.     Proverbs 23:7

  1. 1.     for he is the kind of person 
 who is always thinking about the cost.
“Eat and drink,” he says to you, 
   but his heart is not with you.

                                                     iv.     You have to make up in your mind that you are blessed.

 

What are attributes or characteristics of the mind of Christ?

  • Galatians 5:22-23 (Fruits of the Spirit)
  • Nehemiah 4:6
  • Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus Philippians 2:5
    • These characters are necessary for building the wall that God is having us to do.
    • The enemy’s job is to attack your mind.
    • “I am what I think I am.” Paul in 1 Corinthians
    • Connecting to the body of Christ is connecting to God.
    • Being apart of what the church is doing is being apart of God.
    • Your relationship  with God is key.
    • “You better show up.” – Motivation for participation. – Bishop
    • You can not outsmart God.
  1. Capability
  2. Stability
  3. Ability
  4. Integrity
  5. Capacity

Matthew 4: 1-11

 1Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

 2And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

 3And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

 4But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

 5Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,

 6And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

 7Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

 8Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

 9And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

 10Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

 11Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

 

  • Jesus had to put spirit over mind. (Verse 1)
    • The Spirit is the anointing of God.
    • Jesus got approval from God because he submitted himself to the ministry of another man – John the Baptist.
    • The temptation then came immediately after approval.
      • God is saying “it is because of what you have done right”
      • When God leads you through the wilderness you can’t deny the name he gives you.
        • When he gives you your assignment he will give you the name that carries you/allows people to identify you for His work.
  • The mind of Christ will give you the capacity (Verse 2)
    • How much can I Handle according to the Spirit? –
    • When you are anointed you can handle whatever God puts in front of you. – Bishop
    • When you are anointed you can not pick and choose whom you can tolerate. – Bishop
  • What part of your spirit man do you need to increase so your flesh can decrease? (Verse 3-4) – Bishop
    • When you let someone make you mad – you are destined to  walk in the flesh.
    •  I have the capability to speak the Word when I facing obstacles.
  • Ability to discern what’s not like God and is like God – Can discern what is not right.  (Verse 5 – 7)
    • What do you have to sacrifice in order to be in line with God?? – Bishop
    • You have the ability to sacrifice. – Bishop
  • (Verse 8-9) What has the enemy shown you but is not good for you.
    • Jesus did not get tied up in the temptation of the enemy. – Bishop
  • Integrity (Verse 10-11)
    • The enemy is trying to temp you into something you already have. Jesus is God and he already has everything so this was null and void.
    • God has already given us everything. The enemy can not trick you out of something that you already know is yours. – Bishop
    • It’s already mine. Although I don’t see it – I know it’s already mine.

How do you put spirit over mind?

1. Jesus Prayed

  • Luke 22:41
    • Garden of Eden
    • And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed”

 _ Part 2 of this teaching lesson given in following wednesday night bible study! see you there! 

 

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Must Continue in Praise: “It’s not crazy, I just have to Praise.”

Got Praise?

 

College Students Welcome Back!

With the semester starting and you’re getting ready to be filled with all sorts of education and knowledge – it’s important to ask if you are also growing in your relationship with God once you have been saved.

(Not sure if you are “saved”? start here – check out this summer teaching series  “Romans Road to Salvation” https://uecollegeconnect.wordpress.com/2011/05/26/romans-road-to-salvation/).

Consistently receiving biblical knowledge from church and studying the Word (the Bible) on your own can help you better understand God, his plan, and will for your life. That being said an important question to ask is if you know how to praise God. Praise and Worshipping God along with prayer are important to growing in your relationship with our Father. Below is a brief recap from this past Sunday Service on 12 different ways that you can praise. So, the next time you see someone praising God – don’t think their crazy- understand they just have to Praise God! …. Are you praising God?

Acts 16:16-25

New International Version (NIV)

Paul and Silas in Prison

16 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” 18 She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her. 19 When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities. 20 They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar 21 by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.”

22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.

During this semester when you find yourself in a “prison” situation and if you are even in one now – you must Praise God and Pray. Whether if you have gotten yourself into a situation where there is no place for God to sit in your life because you have filled that space with things not of God or you are like Paul and end up placed in a prison situation unintentionally you must continue in Praise to make room for God, His presence and power!

Praise: must be a visible and audible expression.

12 ways to praise:

1.singing

2. shouting

3. Making a joyful noise

4. Laughter

5. Thanksgiving

6. Standing (Nehemiah 9:5)

7. kneeling or laying postrate

8. clapping

9. dancing

10. uplifted hands

11. speaking in tongues

12. making music with instruments

Praise isn’t confined to Sunday’s or Bible Study – praise God any time/any place and at any hour to grow closer to Him. Praise God for who He is!

Get Connected: Bishop, Pastor Christine, Elders and Ministers are ready to pray with you and for you! – Reach out and connect!

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Have you unwrapped the gift of Evangelism?

If you have missed Bible Study you have been missing this summer’s teaching series “Unwrapping your Gifts” Check out the latest blog posts for series background: http://uecollegeconnect.wordpr​ess.com/2011/07/23/unwrapping-​your-gifts/

https://uecollegeconnect.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/unwrapping-your-gifts-2/

Definition


-to bring good news

Description


-the gift of evangelism is the Devine enablement to affectively communicate the gospel to unbelievers so they respond in faith and love towards discipleship
-can be shared by your lifestyle
-characteristics Include being genuine and candid with people
-seek out opportunities to talk to unbelievers and build relationships
-challenging unbelievers to faith and to become full followers of Christ
-this gift is respected and influential

Characteristics



  • – being confident

  •  spiritual
  • sincere
  • commitment orientated
  • influential
  • candid
  • respected

Cautions


  • Need to remember that the Holy Spirit not guilt is a person’s decision for Christ.

Study References:


  • Ephesians 4:11

11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,

  • Acts 8:26-40
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Acts 8:26-40

New International Version (NIV)

Philip and the Ethiopian

26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian[a] eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” 30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.

31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:

“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
Who can speak of his descendants?
For his life was taken from the earth.”[b]

34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” [37] [c] 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

  • Luke 19:1-10

1 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”

8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

 

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Have you unwrapped the gift of Mercy?



If you have missed Bible Study you have been missing this summer’s teaching series “Unwrapping your Gifts” Check out the latest blog posts for series background: http://uecollegeconnect.wordpr​ess.com/2011/07/23/unwrapping-​your-gifts/

https://uecollegeconnect.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/unwrapping-your-gifts-2/

Definition:

-to have compassion

Description

-the Devine ability to cheerfully and practically help those who are suffering or are in need
– characteristics: people with this gift focus on alleviating and Removing the source of pain or discomfort in suffering people.
-Expresses love, grace, and dignity to those facing hardships and crisis.
-addresses needs of lonely and forgotten
-serves in difficult or unsightly circumstances and does so cheerfully

Characteristics


  • empathetic

  • caring
  • responsive
  • kind
  •  burden bearing
  •  great listener

Cautions


  • need to be aware that rescuing people from their pain may hinder Gods plan.

Study References:


  • Romans 12:8

8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[a] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

  •  Matthew 5:7

1 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them.

  •  mark 10: 46-52

46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”

So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.

The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

  • Luke 10: 25-27
The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 10:27 Deut. 6:5
  2. Luke 10:27 Lev. 19:18
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Have you unwrapped the gift of Mercy?



If you have missed Bible Study you have been missing this summer’s teaching series “Unwrapping your Gifts” Check out the latest blog posts for series background: http://uecollegeconnect.wordpr​ess.com/2011/07/23/unwrapping-​your-gifts/

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Definition:

-to have compassion

Description

-the Devine ability to cheerfully and practically help those who are suffering or are in need
– characteristics: people with this gift focus on alleviating and Removing the source of pain or discomfort in suffering people.
-Expresses love, grace, and dignity to those facing hardships and crisis.
-addresses needs of lonely and forgotten
-serves in difficult or unsightly circumstances and does so cheerfully

Characteristics


  • empathetic

  • caring
  • responsive
  • kind
  •  burden bearing
  •  great listener

Cautions


  • need to be aware that rescuing people from their pain may hinder Gods plan.

Study References:


  • Romans 12:8

8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[a] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

  •  Matthew 5:7

1 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them.

  •  mark 10: 46-52

46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”

So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.

The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

  • Luke 10: 25-27
The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 10:27 Deut. 6:5
  2. Luke 10:27 Lev. 19:18
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