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Spiritual Gifts...

It took me long enough, but I finally have this list on my laptop.  The story behind it is this, I got this back in the days when I used to go to Willow Creek.  I remeber it was a Sunday morning in the singles group's class and as I sat in the small(ish) group after the teaching, we were talking about our spiritual gifts.  They turned to me and asked what mine were and I said I didn't know.  They asked if I had gone to the class there and I again said no.  I felt like I was the only one that had never done that in that singles group.  So one of them handed me this sheet that had them all listed and I sat there trying to figure out what mine were.  It's not something you can easily do if you've never really served before.  You know what you're good at (at work) and have always wanted to serve (both in general and more), but never really had the time due to work and school.  So when you're sitting there with all eyes on you waiting for you to speak up, you're not going to figure it out.

It was only over time, and mainly through serving at my current church that I figured them out.  It's funny how many times the girls in my small group would say I have a servant's heart.  Thought you guys might find this useful.  :)

So here' the list, in no particular order, mainly due to the way they were listed on the sheet and how they then scanned in. 


Literal Meaning: To pilot or steer a ship

Description: 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 the ministry.

References: 1 Cor. 12:28, Acts 6:1-7, Ex. 18:13-26



Literal Meaning: To craft, design, build

Description: The gift of Craftsmanship is the divine enablement to creatively

design and/or construct items to be used ministry.

References: Ex. 31:3, 35:31-35, Acts. 9:36-39, 2 Kings 22:5-6



Literal Meaning: To separate or make a distinction, differentiate

Description: The gift of Discernment is the divine enablement to distinguish

Between truth and error. It is able to discern spirits, differentiating between good and

evil, right and evil.

References: 1 Cor. 12:10, Acts 5:1-4, Matt. 16:21-23



Literal Meaning: To bring good news

Description: The gift of Evangelism is the divine enablement to effectively

communicate the Gospel to unbelievers so they respond in faith and move toward


References: Eph. 4:11, Acts 8:26-40, Luke 19:1-10



Literal Meaning: To give part of, share

Description: 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 to God?" but, "How

much money do I need to live on?"

References: Rom. 12:8,2 Cor. 6:8, Luke 21:1-4



Literal Meaning: To take the place of someone

Description: The gift of Helps is the divine enablement to accomplish practical

and necessary tasks which free-up, support and meet the needs of others.

References: 1 Cor. 12:28, Rom. 12:7, Acts 6:1-4, Rom. 16:1-2



Literal Meaning: To be sent with a message

Description: The gift of Apostleship is the divine ability to start and oversee the

development of new churches or ministry structures.

References: 1 Cor. 12:28-29, Eph. 4:11-12, Rom. 1:5, Acts 13:2-3



Literal Meaning: To communicate artistically

Description: The gift of Creative Communication is the divine enablement to

communicate God's truth through a variety of art forms.

References: Ps. 150:3-5,2 Sam. 6:14-15, Mark 4:2,33



Literal Meaning: To come along side of

Description: 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.

References: Rom. 12:8, Acts 11:22-24, Acts 15:30-32



Literal Meaning: To trust, have confidence, believe

Description: 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.

References: 1 Cor. 12:9, 13:2, Heb. 11:1, Rom. 4:18-21



Literal Meaning: To restore instantaneously

Description: The gift of Healing is the divine enablement to be God's means for

restoring people to wholeness.

References: 1 Cor. 12:9,28,30, Acts 3:1-16, Mark 2:1-12



Literal Meaning: To love strangers

Description: The gift of Hospitality is the divine enablement to care for people by

providing fellowship, food, and shelter.

References: 1Peter 4:9-10, Rom. 12:13, Heb. 13:1-2



Literal Meaning: To plead on behalf of someone, intercede

Description: The gift of Intercession is the divine enablement to consistently pray

on behalf of and for others, seeing frequent and specific results.

References: Rom. 8:26-27, John 17:9-26, 1Tim. 2:1-2, Col1:9-12, 4:12-13



Literal Meaning: To know

Description: The gift of Knowledge is the divine enablement to bring truth to the

Body through a revelation or biblical insight.

References: 1Cor. 12:8,Mark2:6-8,John 1:45-50



Literal Meaning: To have compassion

Description: 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.

References: Rom. 12:8, Matt. 5:7, Mark 10:46-52,Luke 10:25-37



Literal Meaning: To speak before

Description: The gift of Prophecy is the divine enablement to reveal truth and

proclaim it in a timely and relevant manner for understanding, correction, repentance,

or edification. There may be immediate or future implications.

References: Rom 12:6, 1Cor. 12:10,28,13:2,2 Peter 1:19-21



Literal Meaning: To instruct

Description: 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


References: Rom. 12:7, 1 Cor. 12:28-29, Acts 18:24-28,2 Tim. 2:2



Literal Meaning: To apply truth practically

Description: The gift of Wisdom is the divine enablement to apply spiritual truth

effectively to meet a need in a specific situation.

References: 1Cor. 12:8, James 3:13-18, 1Cor. 2:3-14. Jer. 9:23-24



Literal Meaning: To translate, interpret

Description: 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.

References: 1 Cor. 12:10, 14:5, 14:26-28



Literal Meaning: To stand before

Description: The gift of Leadership is the divine enablement to cast vision,

motivate, and direct people to harmoniously accomplish the purposes of God.

References: Rom. 12:8, Heb. 13:17, Luke 22:25-26



Literal Meaning: To do powerful deeds

Description: The gift of Miracles is the divine enablement to authenticate the

ministry and message of God through supernatural interventions which glorify him

References: 1 Cor. 12:10.28-29, John 2:1-11, Luke 5:1-11



Literal Meaning: To shepherd a flock

Description: The gift of Shepherding is the divine enablement to nurture, care for,

and guide people toward on-going spiritual maturity and becoming like Christ.

References: Eph. 4:11-12,1 Peter 5:1-4, John 10:1-18



Literal Meaning: Tongue, language

Description: The gift of Tongues is the divine enablement to speak, worship, or

pray in a language unknown to the speaker. People with the gift may receive a

spontaneous message from God which is made known to his body through the gift of


References: 1Cor. 12:10,28-30,13:1,14:1-33, Acts 2:1-11


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