This past Sunday, during the sermon portion of our service, I invited people to write down what they felt the gifts the Holy Spirit has given them. 82 people responded that morning by writing down their gifts and placing their list on the stage. 3 people asked if they could take some time to study the gifts this week and then respond by this coming Sunday.
If you missed church this past Sunday I would like you to look at the following breakdown of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit that we believe in at CLC. The definitions were taken from our Understanding Your SHAPE manual. Take time to pray through the gifts and then email Cory at firstname.lastname@example.org to share what gifts the Holy Spirit has placed in your life. As a church, it is our goal to have everyone who calls Celebration their home church participating in their gifts for God’s glory.
Next Series at CLC: Fruits of the Spirit
Definitions of Individual Gifts
Prophesy – By the power of the Holy Spirit the gift go being able to communicate God’s Word. These words may be given directly from God (2 Peter 1:21; Jeremiah 1:4-5), or the prophet may receive a vision, or a few words, or a burden, which the prophet will express in their words. Preaching can be a form of prophesy, as the preacher seeks to deliver and apply a specific word for God’s people (1 Timothy 4:1-5, Romans 12:6).
Teaching – By the power of the Holy Spirit the gift of educating God’s people by clearly explaining and applying Bible truths, so that they can learn and put them into practice (Ephesians 4:11-2; Romans 12:7).
Wisdom – By the power of the Holy Spirit the gift of understanding God’s perspective on life situations. This may be a direct impartation of wisdom by the Spirit, or the wisdom that God as we follow him (Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 2; Proverbs 9; Exodus 35:30-36:1).
Knowledge – By the power of the Holy Spirit understanding the truth that is important for believers in a specific situation or in general. This knowledge may be a supernatural impartation, or it may come through prayer, study and reflection (1 Corinthians 12:8; Acts 10:9-20; Acts 14:8-10).
Encouragement/Exhortation – By the power of the Holy Spirit the gift of being able to motivate people to follow God (Hebrews 10:24). This gift often comes with the ability to see the potential in people, and be able to challenge them to meet that (Romans 12: 8, Acts 4:36-37; Acts 11:25-26).
Discernment – By the power of the Holy Spirit the gift of distinguishing spirits, or good from evil, or right from wrong. This may be an instantaneous impartation from them Spirit or discernment that comes from experience (Acts 16:16-18; Philippians 1:10). This gift is particularly helpful in deliverance ministry. (1 Corinthians 12:10)
Giving – By the power of the Holy Spirit the gift of being able to generously contribute resources for the work of the Kingdom (Romans 12:8). Those who have this gift often find great joy in giving creatively and discover that God supernaturally blesses their income (Proverbs 11:25).
Helps – By the power of the Holy Spirit the gift of assisting others in their ministry or needs without the need for recognition (1 Corinthians 12:28).
Mercy/Compassion – By the power of the Holy Spirit the gift of being able to recognize and empathize with those who are suffering without judgement or pride. Those with this gift can cheerfully encourage and help those in times of trial (Romans 12:8).
Evangelism – By the power of the Holy Spirit the anointing to be able to effectively witness the Gospel in a way that consistently brings people to repentance (Acts 8:5-8, 26-40).
Server/Hospitality – By the power of the Holy Spirit the gift of being able to make others, especially strangers, feel warmly welcome, accepted and comfortable in the church family (Romans 12:13; Romans 16:23).
Faith – By the power of the Holy Spirit the gift of being able to perceive what God would like to do and to believe that it will happen (1 Corinthians 13:2, Matthew 8:5-13).
Administration – By the power of the Holy Spirit the gift of being able to facilitate the smooth running of God’s church for the building up of God’s kingdom. People growing in this gift often have a number of natural and learned talents combined with grace from God (1 Corinthians 12:28, Romans 12:7).
Miracles – By the power of the Holy Spirit the gift of believing, praying, proclaiming God’s intervention in miraculous ways. This gift is often associated with missionary work (1 Corinthians 12: 10Acts 5:12; Acts 19:11-12).
Healing – By the power of the Holy Spirit the gift of being able to impart God’s healing for physical, emotional or spiritual needs. This may involve prayer, discernment, proclamation, as well as various learned skills. It is often associated with the gift of faith and the ministry of deliverance (1 Corinthians 12:12; Acts 5:12-16).
Leadership – By the power of the Holy Spirit the gift of being able to effectively lead God’s people in the direction God has for them. (Romans 12:8)
Tongues – By the power of the Holy Spirit the supernatural gift of being able to speak in another tongue (Acts 2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12:13-15). This is usually a gift used in private prayer to build up a believer (1 Corinthians 14:4), but may also be used in corporate gatherings if interpreted (1 Corinthians 14:27). Usually the speaker does not know what they are saying but there are many historical examples of missionaries who were supernaturally gifted to understand and speak a foreign language.
Interpretation – By the power of the Holy Spirit the gift of being able to interpret a message someone has given in tongues (1 Corinthians 12:10; 1 Corinthians 14:27). This is normally different from the ability to translate.
Other of Individual Gifts for Study
Celibacy – By the power of the Holy Spirit the gift to remain contentedly single for the good of the kingdom (Matthew 19:10-12; 1 Corinthians 7:7).
Prayer/Intercession – By the power of the Holy Spirit the special calling and anointing to fight God’s battles through steadfast prayer (Colossians 4:12-13).
Martyrdom – By the power of the Holy Spirit the gift of being able to accept persecution and freely offer one’s life for the sake of Jesus (Acts 7:54-60).
Service – By the power of the Holy Spirit the gift of being able to recognize and meet practical needs within the body quickly, cheerfully and without the need for recognition (Acts 6:1-7; Romans 12:7).
Five-Fold Ministry Gifts
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January 2007 – Celebration Lutheran Church