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Spiritual Gifts
Kristen, 17

A few weeks ago my youth group and I were discussing what Spiritual Gifts are. This is basically just an overview of everything I've found and some really helpful information.

"And 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: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love." -- Ephesians 4:11-16

What is a Spiritual Gift?

A Spiritual Gift is a special divine empowerment bestowed on each believer by the Holy Spirit to accomplish a given ministry God's way according to His grace and discernment to be used within the context of the Body of Christ.

The Purpose of Spiritual Gifts

A spiritual gift is a divine empowerment bestowed on each believer by the Holy Spirit to accomplish a given ministry God's way according to His grace and discernment . . . to be used in the context of the Body of Christ. Numerous passages show the purpose of spiritual gifts to be the affect they have on the Body of Christ: 1 Corinthians 12:7 - "Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good." Ephesians 4:12 - "to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up" 1 Peter 4:10 - "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others..." As you can read in these references, spiritual gifts are not for my individual benefit or selfish gain. Rather, they are for the benefit of the body of Christ. When properly exercised, spiritual gifts will contribute to the overall health and growth of the church.

How Many Are There?

Well, right now, I've found 22, and the description are listed below it.

Spiritual Gifts Profile Sheet

Missionary

It is the special gift given by the Holy Spirit to certain members of the body of Christ (local church) to minister whatever other spiritual gifts they have in a second culture or second community. See 1 Corinthians 9:19-23.

Healing

It is the special gift whereby the Spirit employs certain Christians to restore health to the sick. See James 5:13-16, Luke 9:1-2.

Intercession

It is the special gift whereby the Spirit enables certain Christians to pray for extended periods of time with great positive effect for the building of the Kingdom. See 1 Thessalonians 3:10-13, 1 Timothy 2:1-2.

Craftsmanship

It is the special gift whereby the Spirit endows certain Christians to use hands and minds to build up the Kingdom through artistic, creative means. See Exodus 28:3-4.

Hospitality

It is the special gift whereby the Spirit enables certain Christians to open their homes willingly and offer lodging, food, and fellowship cheerfully to other people. See Genesis 18:1-15.

Faith

It is the special gift whereby the Spirit provides Christians with extraordinary confidence in God's promises, power, and presence so that they can take heroic stands for their future of God's work in the church. See Hebrews 11.

Discernment

It is the special gift whereby the Spirit certain Christians to know with assurance whether some behavior is of God or of Satan. See Acts 5:3-6, Acts 16:16-18.

Mercy

It is the special gift whereby the Spirit enables certain Christians to feel exceptional empathy and compassion for those who are suffering so that they devote large amounts of time and energy to alleviate it.
See Luke 10:30-37.

Giving

It is the special gift of whereby the Spirit enables certain Christians to offer their material blessings for the work of the church with exceptional willingness, cheerfulness and liberality. See 2 Corinthians 8:1-5.

Administration

It is the special gift whereby the Spirit enables certain Christians to understand the goals of a given segment of the Church's ministry and to direct that area effectively, keeping the Church on course. See Acts 15:12-21.

Leadership

It is the special gift whereby the Spirit enables certain Christians to motivate, direct and inspire God's people in such a way that they voluntarily and harmoniously work together to do the Church's work effectively. See Hebrews 13:7, Judges 3:10, Exodus 18:13-16.

Helps

It is the spiritual gift whereby the Spirit empowers certain Christians to willingly bear the burdens of other Christians and help them in such a way that they can do their tasks more effectively. See Acts 6:2-4.

Serving

It is the special gift whereby the Spirit empowers certain Christians to willingly bear the burdens of other Christians and help them in such a way that they can do their tasks more effectively. See Galatians 6:1-2.

Knowledge

It is the special gift whereby the Spirit enables certain Christians to understand in an exceptional way the great truths of God's Word and to make them relevant to specific situations in the church. See Ephesians 3:14-19.

Wisdom

See It is the special gift whereby the Spirit endows particular Christians with an understanding of God's will and work as it relates to the living of life. See James 3:13-17

Exhortation

It is the special gift whereby the Spirit enables certain Christians to stand beside fellow Christians in need and bring comfort, counsel and encouragement so they feel helped. See Acts 11:23-24, Acts 14:21-22.

Music

It is the special gift whereby the Spirit enables certain Christians to praise God through various forms of music and enhance the worship experience of the local congregation. See 1 Corinthians 14:26, Mark 14:26.

Teacher

It is the special gift whereby the Spirit enables particular Christians to communicate the truths of God's Word so that others can learn. See Hebrews 5:12-14.

Pastor

It is the special gift whereby the Spirit enables certain Christians to assume responsibility for the spiritual welfare of a group of believers. See 1 Peter 5:1-11.

Evangelist

It is the special gift whereby the Spirit enables particular Christians to share the Gospel to unbelievers in such a way that the unbeliever becomes a disciple of the Lord Jesus. See Acts 8:26-40.

Prophet

It is the special gift whereby the Spirit empowers certain Christians to interpret and apply God's revelation in a given situation.
See 1 Corinthians 14:1-5, 1 Corinthians 14:30-33, 1 Corinthians 14:37-40.

Apostle

It is the gift whereby the Spirit appoints certain Christians to lead, inspire and develop the churches of God by the proclamation and the teaching of true doctrine. See Acts 12:1-5, Acts 14:21-23.

Some information adapted from http://www.cforc.com/sgifts.html