All who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons and daughters. 15 You didn’t receive a spirit of slavery to lead you back again into fear, but you received a Spirit that shows you are adopted as his children. With this Spirit, we cry, “ Abba, Father. ” 16 The same Spirit agrees with our spirit, that we are God’s children. 17 But if we are children, we are also heirs. We are God’s heirs and fellow heirs with Christ, if we really suffer with him so that we can also be glorified with him.
Scriptures teaches that as Christians, we all have spiritually-endowed abilities over which God calls us to be stewards. The Bible refers to these special abilities as "spiritual gifts." In Peter 4:10 we are told: "As each one has received a special gift, employ it serving one another; as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." The fact that every Christian has at least one gift emphasizes each individual's importance in God's kingdom work.
Sadly though, most Christians don't even know what gifts they possess, much less how to use them. In recent years, several excellent studies have been produced to help Christians identify their spiritual gifts. Noted Following God author Eddie Rasnake now offers a unique look at this subject in the form of a twelve-week, interactive study that is ideal for small-group discussions. "Using Your Spiritual Gifts" is a probing study that will challenge readers to examine their spiritual health. The foundation of the study is built on the promise that all Christians are to be fruitful and productive in their walk with God. Part of being fruitful comes by knowing how to bear fruit-the fruits of the Spirit. As readers understand what it means to be fruitful in ministry, they will be better prepared to study what spiritual gifts are and how God wants those gifts to be used.