Fully You - Week 1 | What Are Your Spiritual Gifts?

Psalm 145:1-2  (NIRV)

1 I will honor you, my God the King.
    I will praise your name for ever and ever.
2 Every day I will praise you.
    I will praise your name for ever and ever.
 

We serve a God that is worthy to be praised.  Amen? And if God is worthy to be praised, then He is worthy to be served.  A lot of times in Christianity, there is a disconnect on this point. We come to church with the intention to take in knowledge, but we never share the revelation that has already been given to us through Holy Spirit. We need to remember that we have received spiritual gifts from Holy Spirit not just for our benefit, but for the benefit of others.

In our “Fully You” series, we will be looking at 1) What Are Your Spiritual Gifts, 2) Why Do We Need Spiritual Gifts, 3) How Do We Get Spiritual Gifts, and 4) How Can We Develop Spiritual Gifts.  We began the discussion yesterday by discussing the main spiritual gifts found in scripture. We did so by reading through the following passages of scripture…

Romans 12:6-8 

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 

1 Corinthians 12:28 

Ephesians 4:11-13  

After going through these scriptures, we see the following groupings of spiritual gifts appear…

Miraculous Gifts | Gifts that require us to do something with the empowerment of Holy Spirit

  • Apostle  - An individual who takes the Gospel to new places.

  • Tongues and Interpretation  - Special moment where God Shares A Message in another language, with an interpretation of that message.

  • Miracles  - Casting out demons, raising people from the dead, seeing weather patterns change, and so much more.

  • Healing  -  seeing people healed of their sicknesses.

Enabling Gifts | Qualities a person has because of the empowering of the Spirit.

  • Faith  - an increased level of faith that could only come from heaven.

  • Discernment  - Feeling when you sense that something is wrong before you could really know in the natural.

  • Wisdom  - When you don’t know what to do about a situation, and God gives you the answer.

  • Knowledge  - Very similar to wisdom, but typically for someone else.

TEAM Gifts | Gifts that build up the church, and make it more effective.

Speaking gifts 

  • Evangelists – Gift of telling others about Christ

  • Prophets -  speaking about what God will do in the present/future.

  • Teachers – ability to teach the word of God.

  • Exhorters – Someone who loves to come along side someone else, and encourage them in the ways of Christ.

  • Shepherds – Someone who guides someone through life by speaking words of truth to them

Ministering gifts 

  • Shepherds – Same as above. This gift has a speaking and a ministering component.

  • Mercy - someone who can come along side and show support in difficult times.

  • Servers – you just want to serve and to help wherever is needed.

  • Givers – you have a desire to give and support ministry.  You don’t have to be rich to do this just be open.

  • Administrators – People who have a natural ability at building systems and making things happen.

Want to know what your spiritual gift might be? Then here is the test that was handed out at the end of service yesterday. Take a few minutes to fill it out and find out! As you take it, do it with a fresh mind, and attempt to not be biased at all.  Don’t force this test to say what you want it to.  Let this test, share where you are right now.

So Now What?

Just because you have a gift doesn’t mean that you only use that gifting where/when you want to. We will hit on this idea more in the coming weeks, but notice that things like singing, changing diapers, and keeping up with teenage slang are not spiritual gifts.

We often times add our talents into our spiritual gift list, and then try to decide where our talents would best be used at. However, that is not how this works! God gives us spiritual gifts, and then provides the calling and opportunities of where to use those gifts. 

I fully believe everyone in our church (if God called them to it) could serve in the nursery.  Now it may not be rocking babies, because you don’t have “the touch.” But maybe you are an individual who could use your gift of administration to help the ministry run even better than it is now.  

Maybe you can’t keep up with a teenager anymore playing basketball, but you could sit alongside them and show them mercy when they are going through a life situation.

God equips us with gifts, and then provides a call to a ministry.  It is up to God where He wants to use our spiritual gifts and natural talents, not us.

I look forward to seeing you next Sunday morning as we continue the “Fully You” series as we discuss why we need spiritual gifts. If you were unable to join us live, you can listen to the message here

P. Scott