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Talent I

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Talent I –Inside: Identity in Christ

I am hooked on the show America’s Got Talent because it showcases a thumbnail of the uniqueness of people and the latent and surprising giftings that people have if you just give them the time and space to demonstrate. In Romans 12 Paul warns the church to be on guard against a natural malaise to fit in to other’s mold. We have created a culture of self-discontent by presenting a false virtue of a very limited view on what is celebrated. In many ways we have lost the analogy of the Body and consequently don’t live within our fulness of Body life because we do not who we are and where we fit in and we try to be what we are not.

I had a friend who was a chef for the Dining Commons at a college. No doubt, over privileged, yet to be employed emerging leaders are a pretty rough demographic when it comes to their ability to complain and critique. I asked my friend how he was able to go in day in and day out and do his very best, knowing that he would be faced with general discontent, no matter how great the food was? His answer was before I go to work every morning I look in the mirror and in the mirror and say to myself “Jesus loves me and nobody can take away my birthday!” and then I head-in to go cook for another day. Confidence in our identity in Christ is a game changer for how we approach working with, serving and leading others.

 

 

Chapter 1

Word SECTION 1

Read, Reflect and Commit to Memory.
 

10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

– Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

 

Watch SECTION 2

We can walk in confidence …. if we know who we are… in Christ 2 minutes


 

If I have to spend the rest of my life with me, I better like me! 5 minutes

Popular Bible Teacher Joyce Meyers brings home the truth of making sure we know who we are
in Christ. “If I have to spend the rest of my life with me, I better like me!”


 

Erik Rees describes the 5 factors of S.H.A.P.E. 7 minutes


 

Look for Ourselves not at Ourselves 27 minutes

In this Tedx talk by Caroline McHugh she challenges us to “Look for Ourselves not at Ourselves”
A secular perspective that screams to put on the lens of God as Creator!


 

I will change your name – choose one 3 minutes

 

Read SECTION 3

Read from Boyd Bailey’s Infusion – Dose 23

Take your time this week to read through and take the following SHAPE assessment.

It may take a bit more time to do it well but this is a wonderful exercise. Pray for a good attitude before you do it.

 

Reflect SECTION 4

Reflect on your SHAPE and journal on it.

 

Chapter 2

Word SECTION 1

Read, Reflect and Commit to Memory.
 

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

your works are wonderful,

I know that full well.

– Psalm 139:14 (NIV)

 

Watch SECTION 2

Watch Henri Nouwen speak on Being the Beloved 18.5 minutes


 

Read SECTION 3

Read the following about God’s plan for our lives and how our identity in Christ changes our lives.

 

Reflect SECTION 4

Process goes here.

 

Chapter 3

Word SECTION 1

Read, Reflect and Commit to Memory.
 

10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

– Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

 

Watch SECTION 2

Watch these two amazing testimonies from people comfortable in their own skin.

Nick Vujicic’s Testimony – Popular Christian Videos 16 minutes

 

Catch a glimpse of the confidence of these adopted kids because they know they belong 6.5 minutes


 

Read SECTION 3

Instead of reading this week, take time to take some more tests that can help you build a multi-dimensional perspective on how God has uniquely shaped you.

 

Reflect SECTION 4

Process goes here.

 

Further resources for exploration

Book Cover for S.H.A.P.E. by Erik Rees

 
 
 

In addition to the book there is an
overnight SHAPE retreat to discover your:

Spiritual Gifts
Heartbeat
Aptitudes and skills
Personality
Experiences

Here are some other resources.