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Lesson 9 Spiritual Gifts

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Spiritual Gifts

Discovering and Using Your Spiritual Gifts:

How has God uniquely gifted me for service?

Romans 12:6  Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith;

1.     Misunderstanding spiritual gifts

            Spiritual gifts are not solely natural abilities

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

Galatians 1:15-16  But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, 16 to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood,

            Spiritual gifts are not solely personality temperaments

Personality Type Equivalents

Table of Equivalents for the 4 Personality Types
D.E.S.A. Dominant Expressive Solid Analytical
Hippocrates Greek Terms (370 BC) Choleric Sanguine Phlegmatic Melancholy
"What's My Style?" (WMS) Direct Spirited Considerate Systematic
The P's Powerful Popular Peaceful Perfect
The S's Self-propelled Spirited Solid Systematic
The A's Administrative Active Amiable Analytical
LEAD Test Leader Expressor Dependable Analyst
ARRAY (Jonathan Knaupp) Production Connection Status Quo Harmony
Biblical Characters Paul Peter Abraham Moses
Gary Smalley Lion Otter Golden Retriever (Dog) Beaver
Geier Dominance Influencing Competence Steadiness
DiSC(r) Dominance Influencing of Others Steadiness Cautiousness/
Compliance
McCarthy/4MAT System Common Sense Dynamic Innovative Analytic
Merrill / Wilson Driver Expressive Amiable Analytic
Plato (340 BC) Guardian Artisan Philosopher Scientist
Kretschner (1920) Melancholic Hypomanic Anesthetic Hyperasthetic
Sprangler (1930) Religious Aesthetic Theoretic Economic
Fromm (1947) Hoarding Exploiting Receptive Marketing
Psycho-Geometrics (1978) Triangle Squiggle Circle Square/Rectangle
Type A or B Type B
Motivated
Type B
Messy
Type A
Casual
Type A
Compulsive
PSI Controller Promoter Supporter Analyst
Brokenleg
Reclaiming Youth at Risk
Mastery
Achiever
Power
Belonging
Attached
Significance
Generosity
Altruistic
Virtue
Independence
Autonomous
Competence
Enneagram Adventurer
Achiever
Helper
Romantic
Peacemaker
Observer
Asserter
Perfectionist
Animals Bear Monkey Dolphin Owl
True Colors(r) (1978) Green Orange Blue Gold
Children's Literature Rabbit Tigger Pooh Eeyore
Charlie Brown Characters Lucy Snoopy Charlie Brown Linus
Jane Austen Novel Characters Emma Woodhouse Lydia Bennet Elizabeth Bennet Marianne Dashwood
Comics Jason Snoopy Cathy Ziggy
Who Moved My Cheese?
(by Spencer Johnson, M.D.)
Sniff Scurry Haw Hem
The Celestine Prophecy
(by James Redfield)
Intimidator Poor Me Aloof Interrogator

  • Proponents of this theory declare that man is comprised of four temperaments, each having its own special characteristic.
  • Hippocrates in the fifth century proposed that there are four liquids in the human body which determine a persons health. The four liquids are 1) blood, 2) phlegm, 3) chole (yellow bile), and 4) melanchole (black bile).
  • This temperament chart is based on general observations, and may not have any real merit.

            Spiritual gifts are not the fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22-23  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Godly attitudes that characterize the lives of only those who belong to God by faith in Christ and possess the Spirit of God. The Spirit produces fruit which consists of 9 characteristics or attitudes that are inextricably linked with each and are commanded of believers throughout the NT. love. One of several words for love, agape, is the love of choice, referring not to an emotional affection, physical attraction, or a familial bond, but to respect, devotion, and affection that leads to willing, self-sacrificial service (John 15:13; Rom. 5:8; 1 John 3:16, 17).[1]

            Spiritual gifts are God-given abilities

  • The primary function of spiritual gifts are for serving

1 Corinthians 12:5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.

  • God gifts us to perform service in His strength

1 Corinthians 12:6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.

  • Spiritual gifts are visible services preformed for others

1 Corinthians 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:

 

  • When you exercise your gift in the service of other believers, it is to be recognized as the manifestation, the display of the Spirit of God. God has chosen to minister to His people through us.

2.     Understanding spiritual gifts

            Revelatory gifts

  • Helped start the church. Provided revelation of previously unrevealed truths an ability to communicate those truths with authority.

1 Corinthians 12:28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.

1 Corinthians 12:8-10  for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

            Apostleship

Acts 1:21-22  “Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.”

            Prophecy

  • Speaking forth the truth of God

1 Corinthians 14:29-30 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge. 30 But if anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first keep silent.

            Distinguishing spirits

  • Supernatural ability to discern things

1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.

            Word of wisdom

  • Knowledge put to practical use

            Word of knowledge

  • Revelatory knowledge

            Confirmatory gifts

  • Confirmed the inspired message. Tongues secondary purpose was revelatory, primary was confirmation.

            Faith

1 Corinthians 13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

Acts 27:22  And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship.

            Healing

Acts 6:3 Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business;

            Miracles

1 Corinthians 12:10  to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

            Tongues

Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

            Interpretation of tongues

1 Corinthians 14:27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret.

            Speaking gifts

  • Depends on the divine revelation given to the church.
  • Purpose is for edification

            Evangelism

  • Ministry of conversion and initiation of churches in unchurched areas. Ministry like that of the apostle, someone who is a trailblazer.

Ephesians 4:11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,

Acts 21:8  On the next day we who were Paul’s companions departed and came to Caesarea, and entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him.

            Teaching

  • Ability to grasp, arrange and present revealed truth effectively to the body of Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:28  And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.

James 3:1 My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.

            Pastor/Teaching

  • Teaching with the heart of a shepherd, gifted to feed the flock.

Ephesians 4:11  And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,

            Exhortation

Romans 12:8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

            Auxiliary gifts

            Helps

  • Service gifts that was the precursor to the office of deacon

1 Corinthians 12:28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.

            Mercy

  • Specific  form of help in that it helps those who need relief from misery, pain, anxiety.

Romans 12:8  he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

            Giving

  • A compulsion to give to help relieve the needs of  others

Romans 12:8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

            Governing

  • Special administrative abilities to govern the church towards effective service

1 Corinthians 12:28  And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.

The gifts are found in Romans 12:6-8 (listing seven gifts), I Corinthians 12:8-10 (nine), I Corinthians 12:28 (eight), I Corinthians 12:29-30 (seven), and Ephesians 4:11 (four). Subtracting those repeated brings the total to nineteen. The following chart shows them all as they are listed in these New Testament passages.

 Romans 12:6-8  I Cor. 12:29-30  I.Corinthians 12:8-10  Ephesians 4:  I.Corinthians 12:28 
prophecy  apostles  word of wisdom  apostles  apostles 
ministry  prophecy  word of knowledge  prophets  prophets 
teaching  teaching  faith  evangelists  teachers 
exhortation  miracles  healing  pastor-teacher  miracles 
giving  healing  miracles    healings 
ruling  tongues  prophecy    helping 
showing mercy  interpreting tongues  discerning of spirits    governing 
    kinds of tongues    diverse tongues 
    interpreting tongues     

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3.     Discovering your spiritual gifts

             

            Recognize that God has gifted you

Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith;

1 Corinthians 12:11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

            Stir up your gift

2 Timothy 1:6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

            Practice your gift

1 Corinthians 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:

·         Don’t look for a single gift God has prepared each one of us like a snowflake. You are uniquely you.

1 Peter 4:10  As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

  • Do you wonder what is your gift? The gift will become evident by your exercise of it.
  • The emphasis of Scripture is body function and mutual help and edification.


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[1]John Jr MacArthur, The MacArthur Study Bible, electronic ed., Ga 5:22

[2] http://www.biblicalstudies.com/bstudy/spiritualgifts/ch02.htm

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