Find Your Spiritual Gifts
Discover your purpose.
You are gifted!
Ephesians 2:10 tells us that “we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” For us to fulfill the good things God planned for us, He has given us various gifts to empower the church to function, flourish, and fulfill her mission.
Below are some brief descriptions of the various gifts of the Spirit talked about in the Bible. This list can be used as a guide to have a conversation with the Holy Spirit, asking Him to help you discover your purpose to enable you to know how to serve others well and effectively.
The gift of Administration is the divine enablement to understand what makes an organization function, and the special ability to plan and execute procedures that accomplish the goals of ministry. [See 1 Cor. 12:28, Acts 6:1-7, Ex. 18:13-26]
The gift of Craftsmanship is the divine enablement to creatively design and/or construct items to be used for ministry. [See Ex. 31:3, 35:31-35, 2 Kings 22:5-6, Acts 9:36-39]
The gift of Discernment is the divine enablement to distinguish between truth and error. It is able to discern the spirits, differentiating between good and evil, right and wrong. [See 1 Cor. 12:10, Acts 5:1-4, Matt. 16:21-23]
The gift of Encouragement is the divine enablement to present truth so as to strengthen, comfort, or urge to action those who are discouraged or wavering in their faith. [See Rom. 12:8, Acts 11:22-24, Acts 15:30-32]
The gift of Evangelism is the divine enablement to effectively communicate the gospel to unbelievers so they respond in faith and move toward discipleship. [See Eph. 4:11, Acts 8:26-40, Luke 19:1-10]
The gift of Faith is the divine enablement to act on God’s promises with confidence and unwavering belief in God’s ability to fulfill his purposes. [See 1 Cor. 12:9, 13:2, Heb. 11:1, Rom. 4:18-21]
The gift of Giving is the divine enablement to contribute money and resources to the work of the Lord with cheerfulness and liberality. People with this gift do not ask “How much money do I need to give God?” but, “How much money do I need to live on?” [See Rom. 12:8, Luke 21:1-4]
The gift of Healing is the divine enablement to be God’s means for restoring people to wholeness. [See 1 Cor. 12:9, 28, 30, Acts 3:1-16, Mark 2:1-12]
The gift of Helps is the divine enablement to accomplish practical and necessary tasks which free-up, support, and meet the needs of others. [See 1 Cor. 12:28, Rom. 12:7; 16:1-2, Acts 6:1-4]
The gift of Hospitality is the divine enablement to care for people by providing fellowship, food, and shelter. [See Rom. 12:13, Heb. 13:1-2, 1 Peter 4:9-10]
The gift of Intercession is the divine enablement to consistently pray on behalf of and for others, seeing frequent and specific results. [See Rom. 8:26-27, John 17:9-26, 1 Tim. 2:1-2, Col. 1:9-12, 4:12-13]
The gift of Interpretation is the divine enablement to make known to the body of Christ the message of one who is speaking in tongues. [See 1 Cor. 12:10, 14:5, 14:26-28]
[WORD OF] KNOWLEDGE
The gift of Knowledge is the divine strength or ability to understand and to bring clarity to situations and circumstances through a revelation or word from God. [See 1 Cor. 12:8, Mark 2:6-8]
The gift of Leadership is the divine enablement to cast vision, motivate, and direct people to harmoniously accomplish the purposes of God. [See Rom 12:8, Heb. 13:17, Luke 22:25-26]
The gift of Mercy is the divine enablement to cheerfully and practically help those who are suffering or are in need; compassion moved to action. [See Rom. 12:8, Matt. 5:7, Lk. 10:25-37]
The gift of Miracles is the divine enablement to authenticate the ministry and message of God through supernatural interventions which glorify Him. [See 1 Cor. 12:10, 28-29, John 2:1-11, Luke 5:1-11]
The gift of missions is the divine strength or ability to reach others in your region or outside of your culture. [See Acts 8:4, 13:2-3, 22:21; Rom. 10:15]
The gift of Music/Worship is the divine strength or ability to sing, dance, or play an instrument primarily for the purpose of helping others worship God. [See Deut. 31:22, 1 Sam. 16:16, 1 Chron. 16:41-42, 2 Chron. 5:12-13, 34:12, Ps. 150]
The gift of Pastoring (Shepherding] is the divine enablement to nurture, care for, and guide people toward on-going spiritual maturity and becoming like Christ. [See Eph. 4:11-12, 1 Pet. 5:1-4, John 10:1-18]
The gift of Prophecy is the divine strength or ability to strengthen or edify others by speaking boldly and bring clarity to scriptural truth. [See Rom. 12:6, 1 Cor. 12:10, 28, 13:2. 2 Peter 1:19-21]
The gift of Teaching is the divine enablement to understand, clearly explain, and apply the Word of God, causing greater Christ-likeness in the lives of listeners. [See Rom. 12:7, 1 Cor. 12:28-29, Acts 18:24-28, 2 Tim. 2:2]
The gift of Tongues is a divine enablement to speak, worship, or pray in a language unknown to the speaker. Scripture identifies 2 different “types” of tongues: a corporate gifting that requires the gift of Interpretation, and personal, devotional prayer language. Additionally, this can either be an earthly language or a heavenly language. [See 1 Cor. 12:10, 28-30, 13:1, 14:1-33, Acts 2:1-11]
[WORD OF] WISDOM
The gift of Wisdom is the divine enablement to apply spiritual truth effectively to meet a need in a specific situation. [See 1 Cor. 2:3-14, 12:8]
We want to help you continue to grow in your relationship with God and thrive in the gifts God has available for you so that you can impact your world with the love and message of Jesus. If you don’t know where to start, Journey is the place for you.
Maybe you’ve already taken The Journey, and you’re ready to learn more about the Holy Spirit’s work in your life and the freedom available to you through an intimate and empowering relationship with Him. If so, the Freedom Study is your next step. Through this class, you’ll not only find freedom from what’s holding you back, but you will also experience a fresh encounter with the Holy Spirit at the Freedom Encounter.
*Craftsmanship & Music/Worship, while not part of the gifts of the Spirit lists mentioned by Paul in Romans or 1 Corinthians, are areas in which the Holy Spirit can empower people to be a blessing to the body of Christ.
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