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SPIRITUAL GIFTS

Every Christian is indwelt by the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:9).  Every Christians is gifted spiritually ( Cor 12:7).

How can you learn about your spiritual gift(s)?
1. First of all, we need to mature spiritually as Christians – go from being     fleshly to being spiritual (I Cor 3:1-4; Eph 5:18-20; James 3:13-18; Rom     12:1,2).
2. When we are walking in God's Spirit, God will give us the faith to believe
     that we can minister in our area of giftedness (Rom 12:3-8). Spiritual gifts     are not natural talents, but supernatural abilities to serve others within the     Body of Christ.
3. We discover our spiritual gifting as we serve others.  God will strengthen     us in thearea of our gifting when we minister with the goal of God being     glorified
    (I Pet 4:10,11).
4. Lists of spiritual gifts are found in Rom 12:6-8; I Cor 12:7-10, 28-31; Eph     4:11.
5. The gifts may be divided in the following categories: Speaking gifts    prophecy, teaching, wisdom, knowledge, and encouragement... Serving gifts    service, giving, leadership, mercy, faith, discernment…  Sign giftshealing,     miracles, speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues…
6. The Speaking gifts:
    Prophecy:  Not the same as a New Testament Prophet – Apostles and     prophets were gifted men whom God used to start the Church (Eph 2:19,20).      The Apostles were  uniquely qualified to start the Church ( II Cor 12:12; I Cor     9:1; Acts 1:21,22).  Those with the gift of prophecy speak "to men for their     strengthening, encouragement and comfort." (I Cor 14:3,31).  A person with     the gift of prophecy is fallible (I Cor 14:29).
    Teaching:  Dedicated to understanding the Bible so they can instruct others.
    Wisdom:  Able to give God's perspective and insight on life's situations (the     Book of Proverbs).
    Knowledge:  Dedicated to gaining an in-depth understanding of the Bible.
    Encouragement:  Dedicated to understanding the Bible so they can     encourage other Christians. (Barnabas was a "Son of encouragement" Acts     4:36)
7. The Serving gifts:
    Service:  Enjoys helping out in any way they can be of service.
    Giving:  Enjoys giving to meet real needs (Rom 12:8)
    Leadership:  Enjoys taking charge so that tasks will be done efficiently and     properly.
    Mercy:  Enjoys cheerfully lifting the spirits of those going through difficult     trials (Rom 12:8)
    Faith:  The God-given ability to know what God is going to do before it     happens (Heb 11:1)
    Discernment:  The ability to test the spirits and discern what is of God and     what is not of God (I Jn 4:1)

    NOTE: Every Christian is to serve in each of these areas: teach (Hebrs     5:11,12), encourage (Hebrs 10:24), discern (I Jn 4:1), give, serve, have faith,     etc.

WHAT ABOUT THE SIGN GIFTS?
1. Tongues:
    - A sign of judgment on Israel (I Cor 14:21; Isa 28:11,12)
    - Human languages (Acts 2:8-11)
    - Expressed in worship to God (Acts 2:11; I Cor 14:2, 14-17)
    - Not every Christian had the gifts of tongues (I Cor 12:29,30)
    - One of the least important of the gifts (I Cor 12:28,14:4,5,14-19)
    - Are controllable and to be controlled in a Church service (I Cor 12:1-3;       14:28,32,33)
    - Not to all speak in tongues at the same time, and need an interpreter (I Cor       14:27,28)
    - Tongues will cease (I Cor 13:8)
2. Healing and Miracles
    - Instantaneous (Matt 9:23-25; Jn 11:43,44)
    - Very dramatic (Jn 9:1, 18-21; Matt 14:17,20,21,25,26)
    - Very numerous and all healed (Jn 21:25, Acts 2:43, 5:12-16)
3. Prophets
    - Test them (Deut 18:21,22, 13:1-5; I Jn 4:1)
    - There will be false prophets (Jer 23:16-40; Matt 7:15, 24:10,11; II Pet 2:1;       II Cor 11:13-15)
    - Despise not, test all, hold to what is good (I Thess 5:20,21)
4. Baptism of the Spirit
    - The book of Acts experiences of receiving the Holy Spirit were different       from each other: (1) The early Apostles and the others before Pentecost       waited for the Holy Spirit (1:5, 2:1-4) – There was a "violent wind,"       "tongues of fire," and they spoke "in other tongues."  (2) The first converts       (2:38) – There was nothing about a wind, tongues of fire, or speaking in       other tongues.  (3) The first Samaritan converts (8:12, 14-17) – They       believed and were baptized first.  They did not receive the Holy Spirit until       the Apostles laid hands on them.  Nothing is said about other tongues.  (4)       The first Gentile converts (Acts 10:44-46) – They received the Holy Spirit       while Peter was preaching, they spoke in other tongues, and then they were       baptized.  (5) The followers of John the Baptist (Acts 19:1-7) – They       received the Holy Spirit when Paul laid hands on them.  They spoke in other       tongues.
    - It was a time of transition, accompanied by signs and wonders (Hebr 2:2-4)
    - Every Christian is baptized and indwelt by the Holy Spirit (I Cor 12:13; Tit       3:5; Rom 8:9; Eph. 4:5)
    - There are no exhortations in the New Testament letters urging Christians to       be baptized in the Holy Spirit.  That is because every Christian is already       baptized in the Holy Spirit when they become a Christian.  We do not need       more of Him, He desires to have more of us (II Pet 1:3-9).

ASSIGNMENT:
1. What do you believe is your spiritual gift(s)?
2. Pick two speaking gifts.  In what areas in our Church will you find those with     these two gifts?  Do the same with two serving gifts.
3. How do the modern tongues' movement compare to the New Testament gift     of tongues?

RESOURCES: COUNTERFEIT REVIVALS and CHRISTIANITY IN CRISIS by Hank Hanegraaff; MIRACLES OR MAGIC by Andre Kole