What exactly are spiritual gifts? Great question. The Bible warns us not to be “ignorant” about this topic (1 Corinthians 12:1). In short, they are God-given abilities designed to build up the church today.
What’s the difference between spiritual “fruit” and “gifts”? The fruit of the Spirit are godly attitudes that grow in the lives of believers. Spiritual gifts are God-given abilities for serving God and His church. For more on the fruit of the Spirit, check out our posts from last week.
What spiritual gifts are there? There’s only one Spirit, but many different gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4). Here’s a summary (from Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 28 and Ephesians 4:11):
- Speaking Gifts: prophecy, evangelism, pastoring/teaching, wisdom, knowledge and encouragement
- Service Gifts: serving, giving, leading, mercy, faith, helping, discernment and administration
- Sign Gifts: miracles, healing, speaking in tongues and interpretation of tongues
Are all the gifts still given today? Some say the Sign Gifts ceased once the early church was established. Others disagree. The key question is this: Is the “gift” truly from God and being used for the good of the church in LOVE?
How do I know what my gift is and how should I use it? Each and every believer has at least one spiritual gift. Read through and meditate on the verses above. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Talk to your pastor or other Christians you trust. Then get out there and use your gift(s) for the “common good” (1 Corinthians 12:7), remembering that gifts without love are nothing:
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. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
USE YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS IN LOVE
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