A Guide for Group Leaders
These guidelines are to help you and your group fulfil the "Aim" of each session. Do not feel that you have to follow them exactly. It may be that the Holy Spirit will lead your group to tackle the questions in a different order, or even omit some of them. What is important is that the "Aim" of each session is achieved.
When the word “Gift(s)” is used in the notes with a capital letter it is referring specifically to “Spiritual Gifts”. Your own preparation should include familiarising yourself with each week's "Aim" and content. Spend some time in prayer for the guidance of the Holy Spirit and think through what form the discussion is likely to take. However, please do not feel that you have to "control" what is said!
Note that the times given for various parts of the evening are only given as a guide. They are not prescriptive! The suggested total time for the study is an hour and a half.
Session 2 (first group session)
Aim:- To introduce Spiritual Gifts
Begin with a short time of quietness, followed by prayer asking for the guidance of God the Holy Spirit. (5 min.) Introduce a discussion on natural gifts and abilities - e.g. an "ear" for music. These are also God given. (10 min.) Read I Corinthians 12 verses 12 - 27. Share in the group the image of the "The Body" with each member functioning as part of the whole. (20 min.)
This should lead naturally into the reading of I Corinthians 12 verses 28 - 31a. Lead a discussion on this list of Gifts.
Ask, "How far can these be regarded as "natural gifts and abilities?".
Look at the lists of Spiritual Gifts in the hand-out.
Close the meeting with a brief time of Prayer. (5 min.)
Discovering our Spiritual Gifts
Aim:- To learn how we can discover our Spiritual Gift(s)
Note:- During this session we are asking group members to to reflect on what Gifts the Lord may have given them. Some may be diffident about sharing. It is important that everyone should have the opportunity to speak but no-one should feel pressurised to do so.
Opening reading – Romans 12 verses 3 – 8
Look together at I Tim 4, v.14: II Tim 1, v.6 and II Tim 4 v.5.
Even Timothy needed encouragement to find and use his Gift. (20 min) Some members may not have thought that they have a “Spiritual Gift” and the suggestion may be new to them!
Be sensitive to the feelings of individuals. It is important that all are gently encouraged to think this through.
Look together at the sheet “Reflecting on your Spiritual Gifts”. There are two empty columns on the lists of Gifts. The one headed “YOU” is for your assessment on the scale of A – D. The one headed “OTHERS” is for you to note other peoples assessment of your possible Gift(s) (15min)
What Gifts do we have and how do we use them?
Aim:- To learn how we can use our Spiritual Gifts.
N.B. This is the key session of the course! Next week we will look together at how the use of Gifts can enhance our life as a Church.
Opening prayer (5 min)
Spend some time on feedback from the personal questionaire.
Lead a discussion on I Corinthians chapter 12. (30 min)
Use the five bullet points to acheive the “Aim” of the session:-
Discuss temperament, natural talents, learned skills and life experiences and Spiritual Gifts.
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