A spiritual gift is a special ability, given by the Holy Spirit to every believer at their conversion, to be used to minister to others and build up the Body of Christ.
One of the ways to begin to identify your spiritual gift, or gifts, is to do the Gifts Survey.
- Only believers have spiritual gifts. I Cor. 2:14
- Every Christian has at least one gift. I Cor. 7:7
- We don’t receive all the gifts. I Cor. 12:27-30
- Gift are distributed differently (we aren’t the same). I Cor. 12:29-30
- You can’t earn/work for a spiritual gift. Eph. 4:7
- The Holy Spirit decides what giftsare given and to whom. I Cor. 12:11
- Most of the gifts given are permanent. Rom. 11:29
- We are to develop the gifts God has given. I Tim. 4:14
- It is possible to miss the mark and waste the gifts God has given. I Cor. 4:1-2 Matt. 25:14-30
- Using my gifts glorifies God and grows us. John 15:8
THE PURPOSE OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS:
Not For My Benefit, But For Others
“Each one of you, as a good manager of God’s different gifts, must use for the good of others, the spiritual gift he has received from God.” I Pet. 4:10 (GN)
“The Holy Spirit displays God’s power through each of us as a means of helping the entire church.” I Cor. 12:7 (LB)
To Produce Maturity And Stability In Our Church Family.
“It was He who ‘gave gifts to men’…to build up the Body of Christ so we shall all come together to that oneness in our faith…and become mature…Then we shall no longer be children, carried by the waves and blown about by every shifting wind…” Eph. 4:11,13-14 (GN)
CAUTIONS ABOUT SPIRITUAL GIFTS:
- We would be well to avoid confusing or conflating gifts with natural talents.
- We are well advised to void confusing gifts with the fruit of the Spirit. Gal. 5:22-23
“Fruit” relates to my developing Maturity.
“Gifts” relate to my developing Ministry.
- We are best to avoid confusing gifts with Christian roles, responsibilities or offices.
- We know that expecting others to serve the way we do, with similar results, is problematic.
- Of course it can’t be right to feel superior or project superiority to others on basis of gift(s) God gives. I Cor. 12:21
- Of course our gifts exercised without love are worthless! (I Corinthians 13)
“I may be able to speak the languages of men and even of angels…I may have the gift of inspired preaching…I may have all knowledge…and all the faith to move mountains – but if I have not love, I am nothing…it does no good.” I Cor. 13:1-3 (GN)
- Recognize that I have both a Primary and a Secondary ministry in my church:
- My Primary Ministry commitment should be in the area where I am gifted.
- My Secondary Ministry includes serving in any other area of the Body where I am needed.
Spiritual Gifts List
Click on the gift title to read the description and some Bible verses connected with that gift.