WORSHIP | WORD | WITNESS
Every believer is given spiritual gifts when they receive God's gift of salvation. Spiritual gifts are received by grace through faith. God is so good!
The Bible describes spiritual gifts in these passages: Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:8-10; 28-30, and Ephesians 4:11.
Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.
1 Corinthians 12:8-10
And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?
1 Corinthians 12:28-30
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers.
1 Peter 4:10-11
Administration, Governance, Leadership - The ability to lead the people of God to accomplish the work of God, maintaining order and direction.
Apostle - One sent out with a commission to expand the Kingdom of God by establishing churches.
Discernment - The ability to know which works and teachings are of God and which are works of Satan against the will of God.
Evangelist - One who has the ability to announce the content of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Encouragement, Exhortation - The ability to build up others when they are discouraged emotionally and spiritually.
Faith - The ability to believe in the purposes of God amid impossible circumstances; a power to lay hold of God's promises beyond one's ability to achieve.
Giving, Generosity - The desire to commit and employ all personal possessions to God's use.
Healings - The ability to bring wholeness to someone with physical infirmities in order to demonstrate the power of God, bringing glory to Him.
Helps, Service, Ministry - The sensitivity and compassion for the needs of others that prompts decisive action to remedy the need.
Knowledge - The ability to discover, understand, and communicate information that relates to the life and direction of the church.
Mercy - A desire and ability to offer acts of love and service to others when no specific request is made or demanded.
Miracles - The ability to do what appears to be physically impossible, demonstrating the power of God.
Pastor, Shepherd - One who has the ability to lead, guard, and feed the people of God.
Prophecy, Prophet - The ability to tell the revelation of God to people for edification, consolation, and instruction.
Teaching, Teacher - The ability to communicate Biblical truth toward personal application.
Tongues, Interpretation Of Tongues - The ability to speak in a language unknown personally that communicates a truth of God to another who knows that language. Interpretation is necessary for the benefit of the people of God assembled.
Wisdom - The ability to declare clearly a Biblical truth for the people of God to understand.
Spiritual Gifts and Fruit of the Spirit
Gifts of the Spirit are abilities given to believers by the Spirit of God (Holy Spirit) to enable them to carry out God's work. The difference between Spiritual Gifts (Gifts of the Spirit) and Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-25) is:
Spiritual Gifts and Talents
Spiritual gifts differ from talents. Talents are a physical ability while spiritual gifts are a spiritual ability to fulfill a spiritual purpose. Both Christians and non-Christians can have talents. Followers of Christ are the only ones who have spiritual gifts. Talents can be developed. God gives spiritual gifts. Both talents and gifts are to be used for God’s glory and building up the Church, but talents can be used without a commitment to Christ.
Why Are There Spiritual Gifts?
Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts