My experience in seminary was incredible. I often think of it as Bible Boot Camp, forcing me to wrestle through issues, strengthening my exegetical abilities, and hardening my convictions, as I prepared for full-time vocational ministry.
I attended seminary with some great men who the Lord is using all around the world today. Alongside of those men were others—often they had come to seminary on their own—who were unclear on how God had gifted them. They came to seminary, out of a genuine love for the Lord, trying to determine what God had called them to do with their lives. Many of those men now hold secular jobs, having entered full-time ministry after seminary and learning through some hard years that they weren't called to that life.
The churches that now have those men are blessed to have such equipped laymen, but those years could have been much different. One of the core strengths of FBC’s Training Center is helping men to determine their gifting. That determination doesn’t come from the pastors and their input, but the community that develops within the group itself. Today we talk about how effective ministry training involves understanding how God specifically and uniquely gifted each man.
|2:04||Why are so many people unclear about what their spiritual gifts are?|
|3:28||Are spiritual gift tests helpful or not?|
|15:33||Explain how discovering your gifts fits into training for ministry.|
|21:13||How do we practically cultivate the discovery of gifts i the context of training?|
|25:10||Chris speaks ex-cathedra, listing some new spiritual gifts ;-)|
|27:48||What dangers should we beware of as we help men determine their spiritual gifts?|