Mountain Movers – Part 2: My God-Given Personality

Mountain Movers – Part 2: My God-Given Personality

My God-Given Personality
Mountain Movers – Part 2

April 2-3, 2022
Exodus 3-4

“‘Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.’  But Moses protested to God, ‘Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?’ God answered, ‘I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain.’” Exodus 3:10-12 (p.45)

“Moses pleaded with the Lord, ‘O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.’ Then the Lord asked Moses, ‘Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.’” Exodus 4:10-12 (p.46)

  • Faith Is Trusting God Enough To Do What He Says. He Says Honor Him With My Personality.

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.” Psalm 139:13-14 (p.476)

Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.”
Romans 12:4-5 (p.866)

“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13 (p.893)

I will Honor God with my personality by:

  • Praising Him

“…let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:16 (p.736)

“Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.” Romans 15:6-7 (p.868)

  • Telling others of His work in me

“So I have reason to be enthusiastic about all Christ Jesus has done through me in my service to God. Yet I dare not boast about anything except what Christ has done through me…” Romans 15:17-18a (p.868)

“As the Scriptures say, ‘If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.’ When people commend themselves, it doesn’t count for much. The important thing is for the Lord to commend them.” 2 Corinthians 10:17-18 (p.887)

  • Trusting Him enough to do what He says

“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” 1 Peter 4:10 (p.936)

“Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.”
1 Peter 1:21 (p.934)

Series Memory Verse:
“I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” Matthew 17:20b (p.748)

My Next Step This Week:

__ I will identify one aspect of my God-given personality and use it in a tangible, practical way to Honor God.

Discussion/Groups Guide
Mountain Movers – Part 2

Life Groups use this guide in their discussion from the Weekend Talk. This is also a discussion guide you can use with your family and friends.

Conversation Starters

  • What is personality?
  • Have you experienced times when your temperament/wiring/personality clashed with another’s?
  • Have you ever taken a personality test like Myers-Briggs or similar? Did the results seem to fit who you believe yourself to be? If you’re OK talking about it, what have some of those results revealed?
  • How has your personality changed because you are a Follower of Jesus?

Quick Review

Looking back at your Weekend Talk Notes, was there anything you heard in the service that stood out to you, challenged you, or maybe even confused you?

Discussion Starters from the Weekend Talk

One Thing: Faith Is Trusting God Enough To Do What He Says. He Says Honor Him With My Personality.

Series Memory Verse: Matthew 17:20 (p.748).

One Voice Bible Story Background: Moses and the Burning Bush.
Exodus 3-4, esp. 3:10-12 and 4:10-12 (p.45-46)

  • How would you have responded to a talking burning bush? 
    • When Moses realized that it was God who was speaking, why would he be so resistant to what God was telling him to do? 
    • Do YOU ever get that way with God? When have you known God was calling/commanding you to do something that you were resistant to doing?
  • Our Series One Thing: Faith is trusting God enough to do what He says.
    • When is living this out the easiest for you to do? What helps you obey God?

More Background: Psalm 139:13-14 (p.476); Romans 12:4-5 (p.866); Galatians 5:13 (p.13)

  • Identify the several ways we are described in these passages.
  • When did you first realize your worth and value as created by God? Did you grow up in an environment where that was emphasized? How can a parent/guardian help children in their lives to see the value of these truths?
  • What caution does Paul give us in Galatians 5:13? Why is this important?

This week our discussion focuses on the following points of teaching and application:

I will Honor God with my personality by:

  1. Praising Him. Matthew 5:15-16 (p.736); Romans 15:6-7 (p.868)
    • How can you be the light of the world? What specifically can you do to shine out?
    • For what purpose are we to shine?
    • Are we to do all of this alone or even just “me and God”?
    • What is a key to joining with one voice to give praise and glory to God? When do you find this difficult? How can you overcome that struggle?
  2. Telling others of His work in me. Romans 15:17-18a (p.736);
    2 Corinthians 10:17-18 (p.887)
    • How can you leverage your life to tell others about Jesus? What is it about your personality that gives you an ability to connect with certain people? What, also, about your life experiences or life circumstances affect this?
    • In Whom can we boast? How do we receive the Lord’s commendation and not be boastful or proud?
    • When have you felt like “boasting in the Lord”?
  3. Trusting Him enough to do what He says. 1 Peter 4:10 (p.936); 1 Peter 1:21 (p.934)
    • Talk about this statement: My behavior displays my belief.
    • When have you felt like you were “in the zone” of serving the Lord—seemingly walking with Him stride for stride?
    • When you are struggling to match God’s pace for your life, what do you do? How do you “catch up” or “slow down”?
    • What do you need prayer for to help you do what God is saying to you?

Digging Deeper

How are you serving? What has God wired you for in service to Him and others? This is meant to encourage you to dig in and use what God has given you to serve.

  • Take a Spiritual Gifts test if you have not already done so. Many can be found online. Check with your Church to see if they have one they like to use. Pray over the results and contemplate how you feel about the results. Remember no test instrument is perfect. This is just one way to help you.
  • List your interests and skills and compare them to your spiritual gifts – how do they sync up? 
  • Look at serving at church. Ask for a list of opportunities. If there is something which fits your skills/interests and gifts ask about it and maybe give it a try. If nothing jumps out, discuss it with your Life Group Leader. Perhaps there is something outside our walls you could be involved in. It could even be that God may have something entirely different for you in a different county! 
  • When we are called to do something for God, it may just be for a season. If you are starting to dislike or resent what you are doing please write what is causing you to feel that way and share it with your Life Group Leader (1 Corinthians 9:6-8 p.875). We need to find value in our service for the Lord. When we are, we will be blessed. There is nothing wrong in stepping down from something you have been involved with for years to take on a new and fresh challenge.
  • It is wrong to do nothing – the parable of the Talents (Matthew 25-14-30 p.755) is a stark warning. This is not said to condemn but to encourage you to seek God’s will for your life. If you find yourself in a position of not doing anything or wanting to serve God, please share this with your Life Group leader. They will walk this path you are on with you so that you may find God’s will for your life. Remember our transformed minds help us to know God’s Will (Romans 12:2 p.866)!

My Next Step This Week: _____ I will identify one aspect of my God-given personality and use it in a tangible, practical way to Honor God.

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