Tuesday, September 17, 2013

P1 Defining The New Testament spiritual gifts

1 Corinthians 12:1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware.

In the next several posts I want to introduce the reader to the concept of spiritual gifts.  The Bible teaches that every child of God is given specific "graces" or "giftings" by the Holy Spirit to serve the Lord and to bless others.  Below is a list of the ones that seem to be the most clearly defined and spoken of gifts (or gracings) in the New Testament.  

Defining the spiritual gifts in the New Testament

A spiritual gift is an ability from God to do His will in the area He has called me to serve as a believer. 1 Corinthians 12:1-6

1. Missionary = Plants churches or shares the Gospel with the unevangelized. 2 Cor 8:23   Translated in other versions as “representative or apostle of the churches”. Different from “Apostles of Christ” (2 Corinthians 12:12), or the twelve disciples and Paul that ended in the1st century.

2. Visionary  = Alerts the church about what direction its heading for God.  1 Cor 14:3
Understood also as “the gift of prophecy”. As time advanced in the New Testament, prophecy became more of a gift to challenge the church to refocus on living out God’s directions for it through His word.  Some highly visible preachers have the ability to “prophetically” speak to the church and culture from God’s word. This is to be distinguished from the predictive elements of the O.T office of “prophet”.

3. Soul winner = Has the burden and effectiveness to reach unbelievers. Eph 4:11; 2 Tim 4:5 
Also called an evangelist or termed as having the “gift of evangelism”.

4. Shepherd= Loves to feed and nurture people with God’s word. Eph 4:11; 1 Tim 3; Titus 1

5. Teacher = Unpacks God’s word and makes complex ideas easy to understand Eph 4:11; Ro 12:7

6.  Leader = Can manage believers effectively in maintaining God’s goals. Rom 12:8

7        7. Communicator = Clearly verbalizing  complex ideas in simple ways. 1 Peter 4:11  
          8. Exhorter=Persuade others of the need to  do God’s will.  Also translated “encourager”  Ro 12:8
          9. Hospitality = Loves to share with God’s  people who are in need. Romans 12:13

          10. Helps/service= Works behind the  scenes to make the ministry work  smoothly. Rom 12:7
          11. Administrator = Loves to organize  people and events. Romans 12:8; 1  Corinthians 12:28

   12. Encourager = Ability to get people to  joyfully look to God amidst difficulty. Rom  12:8
          Same Greek word for “encourager” can also  be translated “exhorter” (see above definition).  

13. Giver = Displays incredible willingness and faith to give generously to God’s work. 1 Cor 12:8

14. Mercy = Can gently and calmly minister effectively to difficult people or situations. Rom 12:8

15. Wisdom = Can personalize the scriptures for other people in practical ways. 1 Cor 12:8
Most who advise other believers or who do Biblical counseling have this gift

16. Knowledge= Can personalize the Bible for people to better grasp God’s will. 1 Cor 12:8
Influencial Bible teachers have this gift.

17. Discernment = Can tell whether a teacher, ministry or movement is of God or Satan. 1 Cor 12:10

      18. Intercessor = A great desire to pray fervently for others that yields dramatic results.  Col  4:12

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