Text Background: 1 Corinthians
Spiritual Gift Test: Click Here
Sermon Link: United Teaching Video
Family Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 13
Summary: This week we were in our third week of United, a four-week series leading up to CityWide. Last week we talked about spiritual gifts and that every follower of Jesus has a gift to use in the Kingdom of God. However, we probably all know someone who abuses that gift. Preachers who yell at their congregants over loving them, people who abuse scripture to hurt someone, or someone who uses their wisdom to feel superior. The reality is that gifts can be abused, and Paul reminds us that love must proceed any and every action.
These are questions to ask your teenager that are deeper than, “How was your Wednesday night?!” and them reply, “…good.”
- What is your spiritual gift?
- How have you seen people abuse their gifts or their place of power?
- How would you define love?
- What does it look like to lovingly minister to other people?
- What should be the end goal of using your gift with love?
These are things you can do for the message to stick.
- Find a family that is different from yours. The believe differently, their morals are different, and they live different. Find a way to love them this week without pursuing correction or being right. Make the end goal to simply love first.
- Join a small group and bring your teenager to Sunday morning small groups. A community to learn in and invest in holds us accountable to be obedient. It’s very difficult to run from God and simultaneously be surrounded by His people.