WEEK 3 • FEBRUARY 6, 2014 OPPORTUNITIES: How Am I Uniquely Created? How Am I Uniquely Positioned? Seven Truths About Finding OUR PLACE for Life’s Opportunities 1. One of the great challenges of a man’s life is understanding how God has uniquely created and positioned him. 2. In every moment of a man’s life, God is working to position him to fulfill his life purpose and His (God’s) ultimate purposes. 3. As a man understands God has uniquely created and positioned him, he then can focus on why God has done so, and where God wants to use his life. 4. Every man has strengths and weaknesses. In matters of character, we should focus on our weaknesses. In matters of giftedness, we should focus on our strengths. 5. As a man lives his life, grows in maturity, and develops his unique personhood, God desires to work at every moment in and through his life. 6. God can work through our weaknesses, but often works through the unique gifts He has given to us. 7. The ultimate goal is to find that place where a man’s gifts connect with the needs of the world for the good of others and the glory of God. Summarizing It In a Sentence: Do What You Can, With What You Have, Right Where You Are, For the Good of Others, And the Glory of God! “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 A Quick Example—David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17) “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:37 “David fastened Saul’s sword over his tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. “I cannot go in these,” David said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:39-40 Finding Your PLACE! Personality D - Paul/Peter I - Matthew/Philip/Barnabas/Timothy S - Luke C - John the Apostle Learning Spiritual Gifts Ephesians 4:7-13; 1 Peter 4; 1 Corinthians 12 and 14; Romans 12:3-8 Abilities Connecting Passion with Ministry (The Needs of the World/Others) “Your calling is where the world’s greatest need and your great desire intersect.” Frederick Buechner Experiences The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly QUESTIONS FOR AROUND THE TABLE 1. What is a strength of your dominant personality trait? A weakness? 2. What is one spiritual gift God has given to you? How are you using it? 3. What is one ability you are certain you have? How are you using it? 4. What is one thing you are passionate about? How can you use that as an avenue to do good to others and glorify God? 5. What is one experience that has shaped your life more than anything else?