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Gifts of the Spirit
Most of us like receiving gifts. A gift by its very nature is free. If we deserve a gift, it’s no longer a gift but a reward. When we accept Christ as our personal Saviour we became part of the body of Christ and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit to help us live the Christian life. In order to function, the church has been given certain spiritual gifts by the Holy Spirit. Every believer receives one or more gifts. These gifts are not just our natural talents or abilities but they can be an enhancement of them. They are gifts of divine grace the Holy Spirit gives us in order that the church may grow up into Christ and share Jesus with the world.

1. What are the spiritual gifts? Ephesians 4:11; 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, 28; Romans 12:5-8

Spiritual gifts listed by Paul are: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, message of wisdom, message of knowledge, faith, distinguishing between sprits, workers of miracles, gifts of healing, helping others, gifts of administration, speaking in different kinds of tongues, interpretation of tongues, helping others, serving, encouraging, contributing to needs of others, leadership, showing mercy. This list is representative rather than exhaustive.

2. What is the purpose of spiritual gifts?  Ephesians 4:12

“To prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.”

They are “given for the common good.” (1 Corinthians 12:7)

3. Who is the source of these spiritual gifts and who decides what gift or gifts an individual believer receives? 1 Corinthians 12:4, 11

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit…. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.”

4. What analogy indicates that the gifts compliment each other? 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 25-26

“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts. … So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body … 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.”

5. What does Peter say about the use of gifts? 1 Peter 4:10

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”

6. In exercising our gifts what is most necessary? 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.”

7. How long are the gifts of the Holy Spirit to continue in the church? Ephesians 4:13

“Until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”

8. What is the greatest gift of God’s grace that is the rationale and motivation for believers to use their spiritual gifts for God? John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

The greatest evidence the church can give to the world of the power of the gospel is when the church acts as one body perfectly united in love. Jesus said, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35). The mark of a Christian is not power in using gifts, but love.

Bible Discovery by Errol Webster. Reprinted with permission by SIGNS. Biblebay © 2001-2014, Westlake Village, CA.