THE CHURCH OF GRACE
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed, “and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone, it is the same God at work.7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.
Spiritual Gifts –
ADMINISTRATION – The ability to understand an organization function, and to plan and execute procedures that accomplish the goals of the ministry.
DISCERNMENT – The ability to distinguish between truth and error and being able to discern the difference between good and evil; right and wrong. Can identify deception in others with accuracy and appropriateness.
ENCOURAGEMENT – The ability to present words of comfort, consolation and encouragement, so to strengthen, or urge to action, those who are discouraged or wavering in their faith.
EVANGELISM – The ability to effectively communicate the gospel to unbelievers so they respond in faith and move toward discipleship.
LEADERSHIP – the ability to cast vision, motivate, and direct people to harmoniously accomplish the purpose of God.
MERCY – is the God given ability to feel deeply for those in physical, spiritual, or emotional need and then act to meet that need.
PROPHECY – is the God given ability to reveal God’s truth and proclaim it in a timely and relevant manner for understanding, correction, repentance, or edification.
PASTORAL – This gift is the ability to assume long term personal responsibility for the spiritual welfare of a group of believers by nurturing and guiding them toward on-going spiritual maturity.
TEACHING – the gift of teaching is the God-given ability to understand, clearly explain, and apply the word of God in such a way that it is clearly understood by others.
WISDOM/KNOWLEDGE – is the ability to apply spiritual truth effectively to meet a need in a specific situation. It’s a focus on the unseen consequences in determining the next steps to take. Provide God-given solutions in the midst of conflict and confusion. Apply spiritual truth in specific and practical ways.
FAITH – the ability to act on God’s promises with confidence and unwavering belief in God’s ability to fulfill His purposes.
GIVING – the gift of giving is the ability to contribute money and resources to the work of the Lord with cheerfulness and liberality.
MINISTERING/SERVING – the ability to accomplish practical and necessary, behind the scenes tasks, which free up, support, and meet the needs of others.
EXHORTATION – An exhorter’s basic motivational drive is to encourage believers to mature in Christ and to grow spiritually. Exhorters often seek to stimulate that development by teaching, counseling, and disciplining others.
SPIRITUAL GIFT TEST