Trinity Bible Church
SHAPE Series-Week 6-Employing Your Experiences
- by: Pastor Shawn Ketcheson
- Jun 3, 2012
EMPLOYING YOUR EXPERIENCES|
Shaped To Make A Difference
Spiritual gifts – Heart – Abilities – Personality –Experiences
"We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." Rom. 8:28 (NIV)
DON’T WASTE YOUR EXPERIENCES
1.You must embrace your experiences.
" You have experienced many things. Were all those experiences wasted? I hope not!"
Gal. 3:4 (ICB)
Relational - Educational – Spiritual – Vocational – Painful
"Remember what you have learned about the Lord through your experiences with Him."
Deut. 11:2 (TEV)
"Jesus replied, ‘You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’"
John 13:7 (NIV)
"You intended to harm me but God intended it for good." Gen. 50:20 (NIV)
2. You extract the lessons.
"Examine and test and evaluate your own selves to see whether you are holding to your faith.... Do you not realize by an ever-increasing experience that Jesus Christ is in you...?" 2 Cor. 13:5 (Amp)
"The longer you live, the wiser you become." Job 32:7 (Mes)
3. You employ them to help others.
" I want you to know, my friends, that the things that have happened to me have really helped the progress of the gospel." Phi. 1:12 (TEV)
4 WAYS TO USE THEM
1. USE THEM: TO MINISTER TO OTHERS.
"In our trouble God has comforted us – and this, too, to help you: to show you from our personal experience how God will tenderly comfort you when you undergo these same sufferings. He will give you the strength to endure." 2 Cor. 1:6-7 (LB)
2. USE THEM:TO MOTIVATE OTHERS.
"Encourage one another and help one another." 1 Th. 5:11 (TEV)
"For your sake, my friends, I have applied all this to Apollos and myself, using the two of us as an example, so that you may learn..." 1 Cor. 4:6 (TEV)
3. USE THEM:TO MODEL FOR OTHERS.
"Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine, and learn from those who follow our example." Phil. 3:17 (NLT)
"I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do."
John 13:15 (NAB)
"Always set a good example for others." Titus 2:7 (CEV)
"Our people should also learn how to set an example by doing good things when urgent needs arise so that they can live productive lives." Titus 3:14 (GW)
4. USE THEM: FOR MENTORING OTHERS.
"We saw it, we heard it, and now we're telling you so you can experience it along with us..."
1 John 1:3 (Mes)
"A warning given by an experienced person to someone willing to listen is more valuable than gold rings or jewelry." Pr. 25:12 (TEV)
"Age should speak, and experience should teach wisdom." Job 32:7 (GW)
"Ask the former generation. Pay attention to the experience of our ancestors." Job 8:8 (NLT)
"Do not let anyone treat you as unimportant because you are young. Instead, be an example to the believers with your words, your actions, your love, your faith, and your pure life." 1 Tim. 4:12 (NCV)