Thanks to All the Golfing For Jessica Sponsors

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Oakland Presbyterian Church would like to publicly thank all the individuals and business that sponsored the Golfing For Jessica Tournament on May 30, 2015.

You're generous donations insure that Jessica Williams, a beloved member of our family, will have the transportation she needs to make it to medical appointments and Sunday morning church services. For 21 years now, you all have helped us be family to Jessica and her family. Thank you for being the Church. 

 

First Citizens Bank of Smithfield, NC
Swift Creek Nursery
Helen and Lanny Thomas
Keith and Sue Braswell
Deacon Jones Auto Park
Don and Mary Williford
Steve and Jane LaRue
Hamm's Paint & Body Shop of Four Oaks, NC
Dennis and Norma Blackmon
Gloria Barnes
Jane Lee
Zack's Char-Grill of Smithfield, NC
Charlie's BBQ & Grille
Wanda Watkins
Jim and Brenda Abbott
D. Christie Salon
First Financial Bank of Wilmington
Joe and Vicki Austin
Jeff Swick
P. J. Auto Services Inc. of Benson, NC
J L Coates Garage of Willow Springs, NC
Char Lynn Plant Center
Breeden Law Firm
Fox Tale Stables
Duke and Ann Lee
Karl Barbee
Michael Kleingger
wasteAWAY, Inc.
Thomas R. Parrish
Paul and Katherine Nappen
Memory Lane Car Club
Bill Yelvington
Farm Bureau Insurance and Art Watkins
Cleveland School Rotary Club
John Scovil
A. A. Collier
Light and Truth Counseling and Claire Ruth

Spiritual Gift Assessments

In Creole dialect, they have a word, lagniappe (pronounced LAN-yap), which means something extra beyond what you paid for. It’s usually a little extra soup in the pot or a little extra grain in the bag, but it is always gratuitous, gracious, extra.

Consider this blog a little lagniappe regarding the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, also known as Spiritual Gifts, or the Gifts of the Body or Gifts for Ministry, or Charismata in Greek. On Sunday, February 15, 2015, I preached a sermon entitled “The Way of Jesus - I am Called to Serve," because all of Jesus' followers are called to serve his Church. 

DSC_2970Oakland is awesome at serving. It is one of our collective, corporate strengths, and I celebrate it weekly. Still, I want every one of our servants to serve in ways that give them life, that fill them with joy, and that fulfill real needs in the Church and community. I want you to crave opportunities to use your gifts to bless people. You are called to serve not as a warm body in a bureaucracy, but as a gifted member of God’s family.

When I am operating within my primary gifts of Knowledge, Teaching, and Preaching, it feels like someone plugged me into the wall. It feels like I’m finally doing what I was made to do – to show people how every aspect of life is informed and reformed by Jesus. 

Like I said on Sunday, the chief of all charismata is “eternal life through Christ Jesus” (Rom 6:23). The Holy Spirit applies Christ’s finished, saving work on the Cross to each of us. In plain English that means the Holy Spirit gives us credit for everything Christ has, including a perfect life and a perfect relationship with God the Father and the power of the Holy Spirit. As a tangible proof of this gift, the Holy Spirit gives individuals particular gifts. In that sermon, I spoke specifically about the gifts named in Romans 12:4-8, but there are plenty of other gifts named in the Bible, especially 1 Corinthians 12:7-10 and 12:28.

To give you an idea of what gifts are possible, and begin the process of serving with your gifts for your joy and the community’s benefit, I suggest a Spiritual Gift Assessment. There is no science to finding your gift, and a one-size-fits-all test is certainly not failproof, but Spiritual Gift Assessments provide great starting points for discovering your God-given gifts. They cause you to think about the things you do instinctively and joyfully. Our gifts often feel “natural” or like “the obvious right thing to do,” so we can take them for granted.

LIFEWAY SPIRITUAL GIFT ASSESSMENT (PDF)

For years, I have used this Spiritual Gift Assessment published by Lifeway. It is not perfect, but is a trustworthy tool to start discernment. It includes brief descriptions of each gift, and even suggestions for places to serve. It is a Self-Scored Survey in PDF format, so it is great for pencil-and-paper kind of folk.

SPIRITUALGIFTSTEST.COM ASSESSMENTS FOR YOUTH AND ADULTS

If you’re more of a “let the computer do the math” kind of person, then I recently discovered and tried out 2 other tests at SpiritualGiftsTest.com. As cheesy as the name sounds, they provide more than adequate descriptions of each gift, and the survey is full of refreshingly normal questions.

You are welcome to take and compare both tests. As you seek to find your gifts and seek to implement them in service, I’d love to chat personally. If you’d like some help, call the office to set up a chance to chat.

SERMON: The Way of Jesus (Part 6) – I am Called to SERVE

The Way of Jesus (Part 6): I am Called to SERVE
You don't volunteer at your church, any more than you babysit your own kids.

Pastor Andrew Ruth
February 15, 2015
Romans 12:4-8
Luke 22:24-30
AUDIO
There are dozens of Spiritual Gifts named in the Bible, but this sermon specifically discusses the following gifts named in Romans 12:4-8.

Prophecy

Serving

Teaching

Giving

Leadership

Mercy

"The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet." — Frederick Buechner

So, NEXT STEPS:

1.) Start to identify your unique Spiritual Gifts.
Start by completing this simple assessment, and then find a time to talk to Pastor Andrew or a Spiritual Mentor.
2.) Research the needs around you - at Oakland and in Cleveland.
Your gift was given to meet real needs.
3.) START SERVING AT CHURCH LIKE YOU BABYSIT YOUR OWN KIDS.

 

Weekly Reading Plan

This sermon series includes a weekly Bible Reading Plan.  Each week we read in preparation for the sermon coming next week. Next week we will discuss The Way of Jesus - I am called to GIVE, so this week we will be reading about honor God with our money using this WEEK 7 READING PLAN. Tips and suggested questions available on the PDF.

 TheWayOfJesus-I am called to - Week 7 Reading Slide