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Title: Spiritual Gifts

Spiritual Gifts
  • What They Are?
  • What They Are Not?
  • What Do They Look Like?
  • What Are My Gifts?
  • What Do I do With Them?

What are Spiritual Gifts?
  • Spiritual Gifts are divine endowments given by
    God to be used in meaningful service which builds
    up the Body of Christ.
  • We learn about Spiritual Gifts mainly in
  • 1 Corinthians 12-14
  • Romans 12
  • Ephesians 4

What they are Not
  • Spiritual gifts are not the same thing as
    natural talent, or learned ability.
  • Many people have natural talents and
  • learned abilities, and they may be used in the
    service of God and His Church.
  • But, only believers have Spiritual Gifts, since
    they have the Spirit and it is in the presence of
    the Spirit that gifts are given

What do they look like?
  • There are several lists of Spiritual Gifts.
  • Some differentiate between types of gifts.
    What is essential to remember is that all are
    important to the functioning of the Body.

  • As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
    The eye cannot say to the hand, I dont need
  • -- 1 Corinthians 12-20-21a
  • . . . so that there should be no division in
    the body, but that its parts should have equal
    concern for each other. If one part suffers,
    every part suffers with it if one part is
    honored, every part rejoices with it.
  • -- 1 Corinthians 12 25-26

What Do They Look Like?
  • Administration/Guidance
  • Apostleship
  • Celibacy
  • Craftsmanship/Artisan
  • Discernment/Distinguishing Spirits
  • Encouragement
  • Evangelism
  • Exhortation
  • Faith
  • Giving

  • Healing
  • Helps/Service
  • Hospitality
  • Intercession/Prayer
  • Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Mercy/Compassion
  • Miracles
  • Music

  • Pastoring/Shepherding
  • Poverty (Voluntary)
  • Prophesy
  • Teaching
  • Tongues (Interpretation)
  • Tongues (Speaking)
  • Wisdom
  • Writing

  • Administration the special ability to steer
  • the Body toward the accomplishment of God-given
    goals and directives by planning, organizing, and
    supervising others.
  • Apostle the divine ability to start and
    oversee the development of new churches or
    ministry structures.
  • Celibacy the special ability to voluntarily
    remain single without regret and with the ability
    to maintain control over sexual impulses so as to
    serve the Lord without distraction.

  • Craftsmanship the divine enablement to
    creatively design and/or construct items to be
    used for ministry or the divine enablement to
    communicate Gods truth through a variety of art
  • Discernment the divine enablement to
    distinguish between truth and error, to discern
    spirits, differentiating between good and evil,
  • right and wrong.

  • Encouragement the special ability to offer
  • comfort, words of encouragement, hope, and
    reassurance to discouraged, weak, or troubled
    Christians in such a way that they are consoled.
  • Evangelism the divine enablement to effectively
    communicate the gospel to unbelievers so they
    respond in faith and move toward discipleship.

  • Exhortation the divine enablement to present
    truth so as to strengthen or urge to action those
    who are discouraged or wavering in their faith.
  • Faith the divine enablement to act on Gods
    promises with confidence and unwavering belief in
    Gods ability to fulfill His purposes.

  • Giving the divine enablement to contribute
    money and resources to the work of the Lord with
    cheerfulness and liberality.
  • Healing - the divine enablement to be Gods
    means for restoring people to wholeness.

  • Helps/Serving the divine enablement to
    accomplish practical and necessary tasks which
    free-up, support, and meet the needs of others.
  • Hospitality the divine enablement to care for
    people by providing fellowship, food, and shelter.

  • Intercession/Prayer the divine enablement to
    consistently pray on behalf of and for others,
    seeing frequent and specific results.
  • Knowledge the divine enablement to bring truth
    to the Body through a revelation or Biblical

  • Leadership the divine enablement to cast
    vision, motivate, and direct people to
    harmoniously accomplish the purposes of God.
  • Mercy/Compassion the divine enablement to
    cheerfully and practically help those who are
    suffering or are in need by putting compassion
    into action.

  • Miracles the special ability to serve as a
    human intermediary through whom God performs
    special acts of supernatural power.
  • Missionary the special ability God gives to
    some to minister whatever other spiritual gifts
    they have in another culture.

  • Music the gift that gives a believer the
    capacity to present personal witness and
    inspiration to others through instrumental
    music, singing, or dancing.
  • Pastor/Shepherd the divine enablement to
    nurture, care for, and guide people toward
    on-going spiritual maturity and becoming like

  • Poverty (Voluntary) the special ability to
  • God gives to some to purposely live
    impoverished lifestyles to serve and aid others
    with their material resources.
  • Prophet/Prophecy the divine enablement to
    reveal truth and proclaim it in a timely and
    relevant manner for understanding, correction,
    repentance, or edification.

  • Teaching/Teacher the divine enablement to
    understand, clearly explain, or apply the Word of
    God causing greater Christ-likeness in the lives
    of listeners.
  • Tongues (Interpreting) the special ability God
    gives to some to translate the message of one who
    speaks in tongues.

  • Tongues (Speaking) the special ability God
    gives to speak prayer or praise in a language
    they have never learned or to communicate a
    message from God to His people.
  • Wisdom the special ability to know the mind of
    the Holy Spirit in such a way as to receive
    insight into how knowledge may best be applied to
    specific needs arising in the Body of Christ.

  • Writing the special God-given ability to
    formulate thoughts and ideas into meaningful
    written forms so that the reader will find
    courage, guidance, knowledge, or edification
    through the words.

What Are My Gifts?
  • The Spiritual Gift Test consists of 140
    statements. You respond by entering a number for
    each on the Analysis Sheet.
  • Depending upon how you feel about each
    statement, enter a number from 1 to 10, where 1
    means the statement does not describe you at all
    and 10 means it describes you perfectly. The
    test should take about an hour to complete.

  • As you take the test, enter a response (1 to 10
    indicating how well the statement describes you)
    in the pre-numbered boxes. Continue this for
    each column of the test.
  • Respond to each statement quickly with your
    first feeling. Dont be modest. Do not unfold
    the Analysis Sheet until you have finished the
    questions. Then follow the directions on Page 8.

What Do I Do With My Gifts?
  • Find the group (numbered 1-28) and spend some
    time developing a list of opportunities to use
    your gift(s) at Saint Peters. Do not only think
    of existing opportunities, but be creative in
    developing new ministries, as well.
  • Have a member of the group write down
  • the results of your discussion.

Whats Next?
  • Fill out one of the report forms listing your
  • Volunteer for one of the ministry opportunities
    at St. Peters, or propose
  • a new ministry.
  • Communicate with those who have a similar gift to
    share ideas for ministry.

  • The End
  • (or is it The Beginning?)
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