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What You Do Best in the Body of Christ

Bruce Bugbee

What You Do Best in the Body of Christ

Bruce Bugbee



Bruce BugbeeGod designed you to fill a unique place in your church. The proven approach presented in this helpful book will help you discover and use your God-given spiritual gifts, passions and relational style to serve Him with joyand effectiveness. 176 pages, from Zondervan.

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About "What You Do Best in the Body of Christ"

Bruce BugbeeGod designed you to fill a unique place in your church. The proven approach presented in this helpful book will help you discover and use your God-given spiritual gifts, passions and relational style to serve Him with joyand effectiveness. 176 pages, from Zondervan.
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Chapter One Does God Have a Purpose for My Life-Really? I never thought it would happen. But it did. It was a dream come true. We designed and built our own home! My wife and I were both raised in southern California. Then, after nearly thirty years, we moved to a small town in northwest Iowa. Among many special friendships was one with a carpenter named Gary. Before long, with his help, we were actually considering the possibility of building a new home. We explored costs. We purchased a lot. We agreed on a design. We built the house, and we moved in just in time for Thanksgiving. While in the Midwest, I discovered that there really are four seasons. Following the snowy winter came spring showers, and it was time to landscape our new home. We went to the nursery and bought trees, shrubs, and flowers. We planted the lawn and the yard was set. While most of our plants did really well, some died. I went back to the nursery and got more. I planted them. They died too. One afternoon I was in the yard explaining to my neighbor (actually complaining about) how frustrated I was with my plants. I showed him how some of them were doing really well while others kept dying. He made a brilliant observation. He said, "These plants won't grow here!" (At that point, I figured he must be a college graduate. He was able, so graphically, to articulate the obvious.) I said, "Really?" He went on to explain. "These plants require direct sunlight. Have you ever noticed that the sun never shines within three feet of the north side of your house? They should be placed where they can get the sunlight they need to grow." It seemed so simple. Yet someone had to explain to me how God had made each plant with different requirements. A plant needing direct sun will perish or flourish, depending on the amount of sun it receives. Another plant, requiring shade, will have its potential destroyed in direct sunlight. When I understood what the plants needed, it was not difficult to find an appropriate place for them. So, the "bad" plants I had purchased were not really bad at all. They were simply planted in the wrong place. In short, I had learned two important and related gardening lessons: First, know what a plant needs to flourish. Second, place it in the appropriate environment. Created with a Purpose in Mind In my twenty-five years of ministry, I've discovered that many people have had similar experiences in their lives. Like poorly planted shrubs, they often feel misplaced. Maybe you've felt that way too. Take a moment to check the statements below that apply to you: _____ I feel that I am capable of accomplishing more than I am presently achieving. _____ I sense that God wants to use me in a meaningful way, but I'm not sure how. _____ My frustration and confusion about not knowing just what to do makes me less confident and competent. _____ I desire to be more fruitful and fulfilled, making a difference with my life. _____ I feel there must be something wrong with me because I still have not been able to figure out what I should be doing. _____ I wish I knew God's will for my life. _____ I am often asked to do things I am not interested in doing. If you checked any or all of the statements above, then this book is for you. In the pages that follow, you will find some practical insights and helpful tools to assist you in two of the most important aspects of your life: Identifying the particular person God has made you to be; and discovering how you can be fruitful and fulfilled in a meaningful place of service. Are you in an environment that is enabling you to realize your greatest potential? Maybe like the plant, you are not a bad Christian, but you are unaware of what you need, and you aren't sure of the appropriate position from which your life could make an impact on others. At times, I have felt that there was something wrong with me because I was not
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Have you found fulfillment in life? Can you say your ministry is a fruitful one? God has created you to be both fulfilled and fruitful in a meaningful place of ministry. You can discover your God-given design and the role he created for you in and through the local church. In What You Do Best, Bruce Bugbee helps you identify your God-given passion, spiritual gifts, and personal style. And he shows how together they point to your unique role and purpose in the body of Christ. Drawing from biblical principles, What You Do Best provides proven tools and a conversational approach that will guide you to a greater fulfillment of God's will for your life. You'll discover: - Your God-given passion indicates where you should serve - Your God-given spiritual gifts indicate what you should do - Your God-given personal style indicates how you should serve - Together, they indicate what you do best -- You'll find plenty of helpful charts and self-assessments -- plus insights into the fallacies and pitfalls that can hinder your effectiveness. "You are needed in the church," says Bruce Bugbee," -- not because there are slots to fill, but because in and through your ministry, God's grace is released and his purposes are fulfilled." Start learning today what God wants you to do, and experience more enthusiasm, greater joy, and real significance in your life and ministry.
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Meet the Author

Bruce Bugbee

Bruce L. Bugbee is founder and president of Network Ministries International in Mission Viejo, California. He is also the author of What You Do Best in the Body of Christ and The Gift Book. SPANISH BIO: Es el fundador y presidente del Ministerio Internacional de La red en Mision Viejo, California. el es tambien el autor de lo que Usted Hace Lo Mejor Posible en el Cuerpo de Cristo y del Libro del Regalo.

Table Of Contents

  • Contents Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Does God Have A Purpose For My Life--really? 2. Who Does God Say That I Am? 3. Where Is My Passion? 4. What's The Big Deal About Spiritual Gifts? 5. What Are My Spiritual Gifts? 6. How Do I Relate With My Personal Style? 7. How Do The Pieces Fit Together? 8. What Does God Want From Me? 9. So What's My Next Step? 10. Pull Up Stakes And Follow Him! Appendixes One: A Word To Leaders Two: The Right People ... In The Right Places ... Three: One Life At A Time ... One Church At A Time Four: Network Ministries International About The Author

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Product Details

Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 92425
  • Product Code 0310494311
  • EAN 9780310494317
  • UPC 025986494315
  • Pages 144
  • Department General Books
  • Category Spirit-filled Living
  • Sub-Category Spiritual Gifts
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Dec 1995
  • Dimensions 203 x 134 x 10 mm
  • Weight 0.113kg

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