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Spiritual Gifts What They Are? What They Are Not? What Do They Look Like? What Are My Gifts? What Do I do With Them? Slide 2 What are Spiritual Gifts? Spiritual Gifts are divine endowments given by God to be used in meaningful service which builds up the Body of Christ. We learn about Spiritual Gifts mainly in 1 Corinthians 12-14 Romans 12 Ephesians 4 Slide 3 What they are Not Spiritual gifts are not the same thing as natural talent, or learned ability. Many people have natural talents and learned abilities, and they may be used in the service of God and His Church. But, only believers have Spiritual Gifts, since they have the Spirit and it is in the presence of the Spirit that gifts are given Slide 4 What do they look like? There are several lists of Spiritual Gifts. Some differentiate between types of gifts. What is essential to remember is that all are important to the functioning of the Body. Slide 5 As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, I dont need you! -- 1 Corinthians 12-20-21a ... so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. -- 1 Corinthians 12: 25-26 Slide 6 What Do They Look Like? Administration/Guidance Apostleship Celibacy Craftsmanship/Artisan Discernment/Distinguishing Spirits Encouragement Evangelism Exhortation Faith Giving Slide 7 Healing Helps/Service Hospitality Intercession/Prayer Knowledge Leadership Mercy/Compassion Miracles Music Slide 8 Pastoring/Shepherding Poverty (Voluntary) Prophesy Teaching Tongues (Interpretation) Tongues (Speaking) Wisdom Writing Slide 9 Administration the special ability to steer the Body toward the accomplishment of God- given goals and directives by planning, organizing, and supervising others. Apostle the divine ability to start and oversee the development of new churches or ministry structures. Celibacy the special ability to voluntarily remain single without regret and with the ability to maintain control over sexual impulses so as to serve the Lord without distraction. Slide 10 Craftsmanship the divine enablement to creatively design and/or construct items to be used for ministry or the divine enablement to communicate Gods truth through a variety of art forms. Discernment the divine enablement to distinguish between truth and error, to discern spirits, differentiating between good and evil, right and wrong. Slide 11 Encouragement the special ability to offer comfort, words of encouragement, hope, and reassurance to discouraged, weak, or troubled Christians in such a way that they are consoled. Evangelism the divine enablement to effectively communicate the gospel to unbelievers so they respond in faith and move toward discipleship. Slide 12 Exhortation the divine enablement to present truth so as to strengthen or urge to action those who are discouraged or wavering in their faith. Faith the divine enablement to act on Gods promises with confidence and unwavering belief in Gods ability to fulfill His purposes. Slide 13 Giving the divine enablement to contribute money and resources to the work of the Lord with cheerfulness and liberality. Healing - the divine enablement to be Gods means for restoring people to wholeness. Slide 14 Helps/Serving the divine enablement to accomplish practical and necessary tasks which free-up, support, and meet the needs of others. Hospitality the divine enablement to care for people by providing fellowship, food, and shelter. Slide 15 Intercession/Prayer the divine enablement to consistently pray on behalf of and for others, seeing frequent and specific results. Knowledge the divine enablement to bring truth to the Body through a revelation or Biblical insight. Slide 16 Leadership the divine enablement to cast vision, motivate, and direct people to harmoniously accomplish the purposes of God. Mercy/Compassion the divine enablement to cheerfully and practically help those who are suffering or are in need by putting compassion into action. Slide 17 Miracles the special ability to serve as a human intermediary through whom God performs special acts of supernatural power. Missionary the special ability God gives to some to minister whatever other spiritual gifts they have in another culture. Slide 18 Music the gift that gives a believer the capacity to present personal witness and inspiration to others through instrumental music, singing, or dancing. Pastor/Shepherd the divine enablement to nurture, care for, and guide people toward on-going spiritual maturity and becoming like Christ. Slide 19 Poverty (Voluntary) the special ability to God gives to some to purposely live impoverished lifestyles to serve and aid others with their material resources. Prophet/Prophecy the divine enablement to reveal truth and proclaim it in a timely and relevant manner for understanding, correction, repentance, or edification. Slide 20 Teaching/Teacher the divine enablement to understand, clearly explain, or apply the Word of God causing greater Christ- likeness in the lives of listeners. Tongues (Interpreting) the special ability God gives to some to translate the message of one who speaks in tongues. Slide 21 Tongues (Speaking) the special ability God gives to speak prayer or praise in a language they have never learned or to communicate a message from God to His people. Wisdom the special ability to know the mind of the Holy Spirit in such a way as to receive insight into how knowledge may best be applied to specific needs arising in the Body of Christ. Slide 22 Writing the special God-given ability to formulate thoughts and ideas into meaningful written forms so that the reader will find courage, guidance, knowledge, or edification through the words. Slide 23 What Are My Gifts? The Spiritual Gift Test consists of 140 statements. You respond by entering a number for each on the Analysis Sheet. Depending upon how you feel about each statement, enter a number from 1 to 10, where 1 means the statement does not describe you at all and 10 means it describes you perfectly. The test should take about an hour to complete. Slide 24 As you take the test, enter a response (1 to 10 indicating how well the statement describes you) in the pre-numbered boxes. Continue this for each column of the test. Respond to each statement quickly with your first feeling. Dont be modest. Do not unfold the Analysis Sheet until you have finished the questions. Then follow the directions on Page 8. Slide 25 What Do I Do With My Gifts? Find the group (numbered 1-28) and spend some time developing a list of opportunities to use your gift(s) at Saint Peters. Do not only think of existing opportunities, but be creative in developing new ministries, as well. Have a member of the group write down the results of your discussion. Slide 26 Whats Next? Fill out one of the report forms listing your gifts. Volunteer for one of the ministry opportunities at St. Peters, or propose a new ministry. Communicate with those who have a similar gift to share ideas for ministry. Slide 27 The End (or is it The Beginning?)


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