Beginners Guide to Spiritual Gifts

A Beginners Guide to Spiritual Gifts

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A Beginners Guide to Spiritual Gifts

The Bible gives us many pictures of what it means to be a part of Gods Family.  One of my favourite images that Paul uses to describe the church is that of a body found in I Corinthians 12.  A body is meant to work together to bring glory to God. We are many parts but one body.

Ideally, each part would accept their role, know their function and work together to build each other up and bring glory to God.  Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

Spiritual Gifts are distributed by the Holy Spirit and are given to ALL Gods people so they can each do their part.  They are not reserved for only a few special people or those in full-time ministry.  That is why I like the image of a body…every part is needed for us to be healthy and each part is valuable and able to contribute in significant and meaningful ways.

You were Created for a Purpose

God spent 9 months alone with you, knitting you together uniquely and specifically.  You were created on purpose for a purpose.  The Bible goes further to inform us that before you were conceived God was already thinking about you.  He has so many thoughts about you and some of those thoughts include the kind of gifts he has given you and other gifts he desires to give you.  He wants you to know them, develop them, and use them for his glory.  As you continue to walk with God his desire is to position you in certain places to use the spiritual gifts he has empowered you with to accomplish his purpose.

Where Can I Find Spiritual Gifts in the Bible?

The Old and New Testament mention God giving gifts to his people.  My favourite example in the OT is in Exodus 31:3-5. God had already blessed Bezalel with carpentry skills. But when it was Gods time to build the ark of the covenant, the mercy seat, all the furnishings for the meeting tent, and the priest’s clothing, Holy Spirit “filled him with divine spirit, with ability, intelligence, and knowledge in every kind of craft to devise artistic design, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting and in carving wood, in every kind of craft.” God also blessed Bezalel with an equally gifted helper!

In the New Testament, both Paul and Peter mention spiritual gifts. This can be found in Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12, 13, 14, Ephesians 4:11, and 1 Peter 4:9-11.

List of Spiritual Gifts

There are several gifts mentioned in the Bible, however, we believe that these are not exhaustive (this is not a comprehensive or complete list) but serve as a guide.  

Romans 12:6-8

  • Gift of Prophesy
  • Gift of Service or Ministry 
  • Gift of Teaching
  • Gift of Exhortation (encourager)
  • Gift of Giving
  • Gift of Leadership
  • Gift of Mercy

1 Corinthians 12:7-11; 28-30

  • Gift of wisdom
  • Gift of  knowledge
  • Gift of Faith
  • Gifts of healings
  • Gift of miracles
  • Gift of Discerning of spirits
  • Gift of tongues
  • Gift of Interpretation of tongues
  • Gift of Administration

Ephesians 4:11

  • Apostles
  • Prophets
  • Evangelists
  • Pastors 
  • Teachers

1 Peter 4:9-11

Peter encourages us to offer hospitality without grumbling and to use whatever gift we have been given to serve others as stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.  If you’re given a speaking gift or serving gift, do it all in a way to glorify God in heaven.

Spiritual Gifts, given by the Holy Spirit, are one way God empowers his people to do their part. Written in the context of spiritual gifting, Ephesians 4:16 lets us know that each and every Christian has an important part in the growth of the Body.  Serving one another through the use of our gifts is not optional.

To continue your journey and to understand better how to Identify your gifts go to How to Identify your Spiritual Gifts.

Want to understand more?  Here are a few links to the descriptions of the gifts.

Spiritual Gifts Definitions Page

On line – Shape Descriptions

On line – Mintools descriptions

On line – spiritual gift descriptions