Highland Avenue Community Church of the Nazarene in Rancho Cucamonga, California

Employing Your Experience



Pastor John Watkin

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This is the last week of our, “S.H.A.P.E. Finding Your Fit In Ministry” series. Our goal has been to help you discover how God can use your Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality and Experiences for effective ministry.

This week’s message entitled, “Employing Your Experience,” will focus on the “E” or Experience portion of your S.H.A.P.E.  You will see how God wants to use your experiences for His purposes.

God has a personal plan for your life. He made you for a purpose. Even if you think your life is ruined beyond repair, God can use any experience that you may have for good… especially painful ones.

Just before Jesus went to the cross, His most painful experience, He did something that didn’t make any sense to His disciples. He washed their feet. Peter objected and then Jesus responded…

John 13:7 (NIV)

You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

Most of us understand what Jesus is talking about. It’s hard to interpret our experiences as they are happening, especially painful ones. Sometimes we just don’t understand something until we look back on it!

Often that’s when God helps you understand. God can make sense out of even your worst experiences. When you give your life to Him, He will work out His purposes through your life. Join us this week as we conclude this S.H.A.P.E. series.


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