Thursday, September 19, 2013

P3 Discovering your spiritual gifts in the area of your abilities

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

Discovering your spiritual gifts
Whenever a Christian wants to discover what spiritual graces or gifts God has given them, it is sometimes helpful to take a spiritual gifts test.  As you study the Bible's teaching on spiritual gifts, three areas are used by God in developing every Christian: their calling, burdens and opportunities.  In yesterday's post I gave the reader the first part of the spiritual gifts test that evaluates a Christian's gifts in the realm of their calling.  In this particular part of the test, you will be answering questions pertaining to the area of your God-given abilities. Think of a spiritual gift test as a compass to point you in the right direction.  I would encourage the reader to read the next several days of blogs, since today's post is the second leg of the spiritual gift's test - namely the area of your abilities. 

Directions: At the end of each question circle the numbered response that best reflects how you really feel: 1=Never; 2= Once in a while; 3=Many times; 4= Always.  

The Gifts looked for in this test (Look back at the day before yesterday's post for definitions): Missionary, Reformer, Soul winner, Shepherd, Teacher, Leader, Communicator, Exhorter, Hospitality, Helps/Service, Administrator, Encourager, Giver, Mercy, Wisdom, Knowledge, Discerner, Intercessor

YOUR ABILITIES = “What I am capable of doing by God’s strength”  Please circle 1 answer
1. I can adapt quickly to new people or cultures in order to openly share Christ                                                                                      1 2 3 4

2. I can point out to people a possible direction that God might be leading them            1 2 3 4

3. I have no problem sharing the gospel in different ways with my friends/family                                                                            1 2 3 4

4. People tend to confide in me when looking for practical biblical solutions to life                                                                            1 2 3 4

5. I can spend hours studying commentaries that uncover the Bible’s deeper meaning                                                                        1 2 3 4

6. I can get a group of people excited about aiming at and accomplishing God’s goals                                                                      1 2 3 4

7. People have told me that I have a knack for explaining things in a simple way                                                                                  1 2 3 4

8. I can cut away the “fluff” and get to the true root of what’s causing spiritual imbalance                                                                     1 2 3 4

9. I can make my home a very welcome place where you’d want to come and fellowship                                                                     1 2 3 4

10.  I serve best and get results when I’m working behind the scenes or under someone                                                              1 2 3 4

11.  If people are needed to be given tasks to accomplish a goal, I can help out                                                                                  1 2 3 4

12. I make phone-calls, send cards and say words to help people cope through issues                                                                     1 2 3 4

13.  I have been blessed with the resources and willingness to give whatever it takes to God                                                              1 2 3 4

14. I can love the un-loveable, and I find it hard to say “no”                                                                                                                    1 2 3 4

15. I can counsel people whenever the need arises to be asked for biblical advice                                                                               1 2 3 4

16. I can recall scripture or biblical examples that have met specific problems or situations                                                                 1 2 3 4

17. I can sense when something or someone is either for or against God                                                                                              1 2 3 4

18. I can tell what needs to be prayed for and persevere in prayer until the need is met                                                                        1 2 3 4