"For we are God's masterpiece.
He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago."
God has wonderfully and uniquely made each one of us. God never wastes anything. He has given you abilities, interests, talents, gifts, personality, and life experiences that He intends you to use for His glory. By identifying and understanding these factors you can discover God’s will for your life.
You are uniquely designed to serve God by serving others. That is called your ministry. Yes, that's right, you have a ministry.
When God sat down to plan your creation and launch you into eternity, He assigned to you a piece of His eternal plan to accomplish. He decided to allow you the privilege to partner with Him in His plans for eternity. Is that cool, or what?
God also gave you a unique divine design to specifically equip you for the mission He planned for you. Our divine design is comprised of six distinct factors:
The word "desires" here describes the bundle of motivations that God has placed in you. These motivations include
your passions, hopes, longings, and dreams. These are the things that make you get excited, the things you love to do, and the things that get you up in the morning.
Each of us is shaped by our experiences. Some experiences come as a result of our own choosing, but many were outside of our control. We did not choose our family, where and how we were born, or into what socioeconomic or spiritual backgrounds we were placed. Yet, all of our experiences have made an impact on our lives. God does not waste anything, so even our painful experiences, like failure, disappointment, and hardships, can be used by God to build us for His purposes.
Spiritual gifts are supernatural abilities the Holy Spirit gives us to fulfill His purpose in our lives. There are over twenty spiritual gifts specifically described in the Bible. Every believer gets at least one.
The best way to look at our individuality is by our temperament or personality. This is how we think, feel, and act. Our personality influences every decision we make. It determines how we deal with change and problem-solving issues. Our personalities directly and significantly impact the way we interact with other people.
When we accept Christ into our lives we become a new creation. We get a new lease on life, so to speak. We also get a new purpose for living. We are no longer a free agent, a wandering generality. We get our Kingdom mission. God invests a great deal of resources into our new lives, and He places us in a strategic part of His plan for His eternal Kingdom.
God has given each of us various talents and skills. These are not to be confused with spiritual gifts, although they are often inter-related. These abilities, or vocational skills, are the things we have learned to facilitate our mission. These skills usually start with a talent or a bent in a certain area, but they must be developed and maintained to optimize them in our life. Examples of these abilities could be playing musical instruments, working with computers, administrative skills or instructing others.
Our promise here at The Sycamore Church is to help you discover and implement your divine design into God's Kingdom. We believe you will never be completely satisfied in life until you are fulfilling God's mission for your life. And, we can and will help you do just that.
At The Sycamore Church, we believe that each one of us should be actively engaged in ministry - a place of service to others where we receive no compensation.
We actively agree with the Bible's position that, " the world will know we are Christians by our love.