Getting Started: Finding Out More About You

There are two very distinct parts of who we are as people.  There is what we were born with that we have no control over; and, then there is how we decide to live our lives.  Nonetheless, who we are, as individuals, is solely rooted in our relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  With that being said, let’s take a snapshot of you and take a look at who God made you to be.  To do this, we have two assessments we would like for you to take.

Spiritual Gifts

There are many spiritual gifts that are discussed in the Bible.  These gifts are given to us by the Holy Spirit and are meant to build up the Church and its people.  Do you know what your spiritual gifts are?  If not, it’s okay.  Either way, here is a free Spiritual Gifts Test that will help you to identify what gifts God may have given to you.  We recommend to all of our members that they take this test.  Although there is no guarantee that the test will be accurate, this will at least give you some thoughts to consider as it relates to your gifting.

Spiritual Gifts Tests

After taking the test, please save and email a copy of your results to us at  We want to help you understand and utilize your gifts.

Personality Assessment

In addition to the Spiritual Test, we also would like for you to take one of our recommended personality tests.  We would like to learn more about you and how we might help you grow mentally, spiritually, physically, and emotionally.  These Assessments will help us understand you better as well as give you more information about yourself.  As with the Spiritual Gifts Test, nothing will be 100% accurate.  These Tests and Assessments are only a snapshot into who you really are.  We are all dynamic individual creations and we are likely to change and evolve as we experience life.  So, these tests are merely a picture of you at a given moment.

The Flag Page Test.  Although we prefer that you take this assessment, this one will cost you $15 to take.

Open DISC Assessment.  This one is completely free.

Again, please save and email your results to us  so that we might be able to assist you in your discipleship journey.

Branch Group Study: This is Going to Hurt

Coming up on November 15th, the message will be entitled “This is Going to Hurt.”  Please check out the questions and study the scripture references.  Enjoy!

We Are One

There are many things that keep people separated and divided from one another. This is, in part, due to our lack of understanding of the Holy Spirit. As believers, we are to be one with the Spirit and with one another. Ultimately, God is concerned with our relationship with him and with one another. The entire Bible is about relationships. With that said, being on one accord with Body of Christ and with the Holy Spirit is a critical component for Faith.

God is spirit and he is the truth. If he dwells in us, we should work toward being one with that spirit that is in us and to speak the truth that he has given to us. (John 4:24) Knowing this, the Holy Spirit will transform us. Now, these are not just colorful words. This has true meaning. If you believe in God and Jesus Christ as our savior, than you have to allow the Holy Spirit to transform your life. His words will be your words. His deeds will become our actions. When you are transformed, you are reminded of his teachings (John 14:26). Our relationships starts with us.

As for our actual relationships with one another, we are all one in the same Spirit. Given this fact, our interactions with one another should be guided by the Spirit (1 Cor 12:13). Being of one Spirit doesn’t mean that we are uniformed in everything we do and say, but it does mean that we unified in how we relate to one another. We are here to serve one another. We are not here to be selfish or vain. We are here to serve one another in Love (Phil 2:1-4). It doesn’t matter who you are or anyone else, we are all bound together by one Spirit.

Studying the Scriptures for 10-25-15

Greetings! I’m excited to share with you our first scriptures that we will be studying together. Here they are…

  • Matthew 26:26-28
  • Hebrews 9:15
  • John 13:12-17
  • Colossians 3:23-25
  • John 15:9-17

Here are some questions for you to consider and discuss in Branch Group.

  • What common themes do see being displayed in these scriptures?
  • What are some lessons you can learn from these scriptures?
  • Do you have rules for someone to have any kind of relationship with you?  If yes, what are some of those rules?  If not, why not?
  • As the Body of Christ, what are some rules we should have for how we relate to one another?

Please take the time to read these scriptures and think about how they relate to you?  Also, take the time and consider these questions and how you answer them.  As your going through this exercise, be sure to pray about it.  Ask God to teach you and help you understand his heart and Word.

Child Evangelism Fellowship

The purpose of the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to disciple them in the Word of God and establish them in a local church for Christian living.  The Vine is a partner with CEF and participates in it’s efforts to reach the youth in Orangeburg County.

What Do You Really Own?

I’m going to say this because some folks need to hear it. Learning that you don’t permanently “OWN” anything is one of the greatest lessons a person can learn. Some may not get it now, but one day your own body will rebel against you. When it does, then you will understand that you don’t even own it. So, what makes you think you own anything else? Ownership is not permanent. It merely means that you have a temporary responsibility for something. This is stewardship.  For some, this may seem to be a frightening thought. But when you truly understand it, you will be freed by it. Because then, God can use you to do his work and you can have great joy while doing it. You are able to speak the truth without the burden of trying to prove something or ensuring that the other person understands. When you speak Truth, GOD IS IN CONTROL. Let go and let God handle it. Do you believe in his promises? If yes, there is nothing to fear when you truly give everything to him. Understanding this concept is the hard part. Doing it is easier.

Leadership Requires Teaching

Day 18 – Yesterday we had a awesome group meeting at our church where we discussed teachers, pastors, and leaders. We talked about how difficult it is to lead and how leaders are often judged more harshly than others. This discussion brought me to a spiritual crossroads that is of extreme importance. Leadership is NOT about setting oneself apart from everyone else. Leadership is NOT about being celebrated by one’s followers. Leadership IS about showing others how to lead. We do this by showing everyone Godly love regardless of what they may do or say. We do this unconditionally because this is how you model God’s principles. Hopefully people will follow this example and return the same level of love. But if they don’t, we must stay firm as a rock and live and breathe the love we want. My good friends know this about me. My love and friendship is forever. If we have to fight and argue about things from time to time, it is worth it. Loyalty and commitment means everything. So, if we have to have a hard conversation about something either of us did, then it is something that must be done out of love. This is loyalty and commitment. Loving someone means you help them to be the best they can be and not letting them settle for mediocre. If you are my friend, we do life together. The ups and downs. It is what love is made of. It is a product of trials and fire. We win together. We lose together. I’m not walking away from you. So, if we ever stop being friends, you are always welcome to comeback when your ready. With that said, one last note. Jesus didn’t JUST come to prove how awesome he was. He came to show us that we can also do it! We can follow in his footsteps whenever we are ready. So, today… remember to lead by teaching others to lead.