Monday, October 22, 2007

Spiritual Gifts

Below are brief definitions of the spiritual gifts that we have studied on Sunday morning in our October series, “To You…From God” here at Grace Church:

Administration/Leading… The word means “to guide or steer,” as in a ship. This is the ability to organize and promote people or projects with such spirituality that a satisfactory conclusion is reached and a blessing received. (Romans 12:8; 1 Corinthians 12:28)

Distinguishing of spirits…ability to distinguish between demonic, human and divine works (1 Corinthians 12:10).

Evangelist/Evangelism…ability to present the Gospel with exceptional clarity and great burden resulting in a harvest of souls (Ephesians 4:11).

Exhortation/Encouragement…ability to challenge others to pursue godly conduct (Acts 11:22-23) or to effectively encourage or comfort another in view of past tragedy or trial (Romans 12:8; Acts 9:27; 15:39).

Faith…ability to believe and expect great things from God. This person sees something needing done and believes God will do it even if it looks impossible (1 Corinthians 12:9)

Giving…ability to give of your substance to the work of the Lord or to the people of God consistently, liberally, sacrificially, and with such wisdom and cheerfulness that others are encouraged and blessed (Romans 12:8).

Helps/Serving…ability to render practical help or service in both physical and spiritual matters (Romans 12:7; 1 Corinthians 12:28). The person with this gift has a unique sensitivity and abundant capacity to meet the practical needs of others.

Mercy…ability to give undeserved aid or compassion to the sick or afflicted. This gift will be evident in sympathy, understanding, compassion, patience and sensitivity toward the underprivileged and distressed (Romans 12:8)

Pastoring/Shepherding…ability to teach and preach the Word of God and to shepherd (led and protect) the flock of God (Ephesians 4:11; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Acts 20:28-31; 1 Peter 5:1-4).

Teaching…ability to clarify, apply, and communicate the details of the Word of God (Romans 12:7).

Wisdom…ability to apply human and divine knowledge. This involves the ability to choose the best and most worthy goals and to select and implement the best means to reach the goal (1 Corinthians 12:8).

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