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Ok, so what are Spiritual Gifts?

God has given divinely empowered abilities to glorify Himself by building up His church. "Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church" 1 Corinthians 14:7-12.

 

Who has them?

God gifts each person who commits his/her life to Jesus Christ with at least one spiritual gift. "All men do not receive the same gifts, but to every servant of the Master some gift of the Spirit is promised." {FLB 292.3} " The Lord has need of all kinds of skillful workmen. 'He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.' Ephesians 4:11, 12." {FLB 292.4}


What am I supposed to do with my gift? What if I want a different one?

USE THEM. God gives gift to His people with the expectation that they will use them to equip and encourage other people to grow spiritually. Some gifts are specifically designed to bring the lost into the Kingdom, some are designed to organize and coordinate different ministries, others enable people to understand and teach spiritual truth, but all of the gifts are to be used for the health and function of the whole body. God gives you the gift or gifts and you must use what you have not pine over what you don't. FAITH that God knows best!!! "To every person is committed some peculiar gift or talent which is to be used to advance the Redeemer's kingdom. All God's responsible agents, from the lowliest and most obscure to those in high positions in the church, are entrusted with the Lord's goods. It is not the minister alone who can work for the salvation of souls. Those who have the smallest gifts are not excused from using the very best gifts they have, and in so doing their talents will be increased. It is not safe to trifle with moral responsibilities nor to despise the day of small things. God's providence proportions His trusts according to the varied capabilities of the people. None should mourn because they cannot glorify God with talents which they never possessed and for which they are not responsible." {PaM 152.1}

 

What Are The Different Gifts?

Administration – The divine enablement to understand what makes an organization function, and the special ability to plan and execute procedures that accomplish the goals of the ministry. 1Cor 12:28

Apostleship - The divine enablement to start and oversee the development of new churches or ministry structures. 1Cor 12:28

Craftsmanship - The divine enablement to creatively design and/or construct items to be used for ministry. Exodus 31:3-5

Creative Communication – The divine enablement to communicate God’s truth through a variety of art forms. Psalms 150:3-5

Discernment – The divine enablement to distinguish between truth and error. It is able to discern the spirits, differentiating between good and evil, right and wrong. 1Cor 12:8-10.

Encouragement – The divine enablement to present truth so as to strengthen, comfort, or urge to action those who are discouraged or wavering in their faith. Romans 12:6-8

Evangelism – The divine enablement to effectively communicate the gospel to unbelievers so they respond in faith and move toward discipleship. Eph 4:11

Faith - The divine enablement to act on God’s promises with confidence and unwavering belief in God’s ability to fulfill his purposes. 1Cor 12:8-10.

Giving – The divine enablement to contribute money and resources to the work of the Lord with cheerfulness and liberality. People with this gift do not ask, “How much money do I need to give to God?” but “How much money do I need to live on?” Romans 12:6-8

Healing – The divine enablement to be God’s means for restoring people to wholeness (emotional, relational, spiritual, physical.) 1Cor 12:8-10.

Helps – The divine enablement to accomplish practical and necessary tasks which free up, support, and meet the needs of others. 1Cor 12:28

Hospitality – The divine enablement to care for people by providing fellowship, food and shelter. 1Peter4:9-10

Intercession – The divine enablement to consistently pray on behalf of and for others, seeing frequent and specific results. 1Tim 2:1-2

Leadership –The divine enablement to cast vision, motivate, and direct people to harmoniously accomplish the purposes of God. Romans 12:6-8

Mercy – The divine enablement to cheerfully and practically help those who are suffering or in need, having compassion that is moved to action. Romans 12:6-8

Miracles – The divine enablement to authenticate the ministry and message of God through supernatural interventions which glorify Him. 1Cor 12:8-10.

Prophecy – The divine enablement to reveal truth and proclaim it in a timely and relevant manner for understanding, correction, repentance, or edification. There may be immediate or future implications. 1Cor 12:8-10.

Shepherding – The divine enablement to nurture, care for, and guide people toward ongoing spiritual maturity and becoming like Christ. Eph 4:11

Teaching – The divine enablement to understand, clearly explain, and apply the Word of God, causing greater Christ-likeness in the lives of listeners. 1Cor 12:28

Word of Knowledge – The divine enablement to bring truth to the body through a revelation or
biblical insight. 1Cor 12:8-10.

Word of Wisdom– The divine enablement to effectively apply spiritual truth to meet a need in a
specific situation. 1Cor 12:8-10.

MORE on this overview download this short presentation.

 

Resources to learn more:

HERE is an online FREE test you can complete in 15 to 20 minutes - but they do NOT include all the gifts in the list above: http://www.spiritualgiftstest.com/test/adult

 

HERE are three more tests (they are PDF's you can download FREE). I feel since these tests are created by humans each with their own strengths and weaknesses it is best to do more than one.

Spiritual Gifts Assessment

Discover Your Spiritual Gifts

What are Your Spiritual Gifts (from book "What You do Best" below)

 

Books and Other information:

Can be purchased from AdventSource.org

 

Spiritual Gifts

Catalog: #550936

Author: James ZackrisonWhat can you do best

 

Spiritual Gifts - Keys to Ministry (Abridged version)

Catalog: #556520

Author: Robert Hines

 

What You Do Best in the Body of Christ

Catalog: #532130

Author: Bruce Bugbee

(Not an 'Adventist' book)