Monday, August 25, 2008

Spiritual Gifts Bible Study

1. Five biblical texts form the basic framework for Spiritual Gifts.

a. I Corinthians 12-14

Wisdom: Equips a person to have insight into how certain knowledge should be applied to specific needs.
I Cor. 12:8
I Cor. 2: 1-13
Acts 6: 3, 10
James 1: 5-6
2 Peter 3:15,16

Knowledge: Equips a person to discover, analyze, clarify, and articulate information and concepts essential to the work of the Body of Christ.
Acts 5:1-11
Col. 2:2-3
2 Cor. 11:6
I Cor. 12: 8
I Cor. 2:14

Faith: Equips a person to have so much confidence in God that they never see an impasse --only detours which they can go around in pursuit of God's work.
Romans 4:18-21
1 Cor. 12:9
Acts 11:22-24
Acts 27:21-25
Hebrew 11

Prophecy: Equips an individual to proclaim truth in a way people can understand for the purpose of correction, repentance, or nurture. This is not so much fore-telling the future as it is being able to draw implications from the Bible to life's situations.
Acts 15:32
Acts 21:9-11
I Cor. 12:10,28
Eph. 4:11-14
Romans 16:6
Luke 7:26

Teaching: Equips a person to understand and communicate information so that others within the Body learn and grow.
Romans 12:7
Acts 18:24-28
Acts 20:20-21
I Cor. 12:28
Eph 4:11-14

Helps/Service: Equips a person to accomplish practical and necessary tasks which support and build up the Body. These people usually work alone and behind the scene. Often, this gift has nothing to do with people.
I Cor. 12:28
Romans 16:1-2
Acts 9:36
Luke 8:2-3

Administration: Equips a person to bring order to all or part of an organization and to formulate and enact procedures that enhance the function of the organization and support the mission and vision of the Body.
Titus 1:5
Mark 15:40-41
I Cor. 12:28
Acts 6:1-7
Acts 27:11
Luke 14:28-30

b. Romans 12

Leadership (governments): Equips a person to articulate, cast, and share a vision in such a way that the individual members of the Body discover ways in which they can make the vision a reality
Hebrews 13:17
Luke 9:51
I Cor. 12:8
I Timothy 5:17
Acts 15:7-11
Acts 7:10

Exhortation (encouragement): Equips a person to reassure, strengthen, affirm, and offer comfort to those who may be faltering in their faith or who are going through hard times. This is seldom seen as a gift by the person using it.
Romans 12:8
I Timothy 4:13
Hebrews 10:25
Acts 14:22

Mercy: Equips a person to respond lovingly and compassionately to both the churched and unchurched who are suffering.
Luke 10:33-35
Matt. 20:29-34
Acts 11:28-30
Acts 16:33-34
I Cor. 12:8
Mark 9:41

Giving: Equips a person to contribute cheerfully and liberally of his/her material resources so the work of God may spread. (This may be the only gift this person has, and it may not be realized as a gift.)
Mark 12:41-44
I Cor. 12:8
II Cor. 8:1-7
II Cor. 9:2-8

c. Ephesians 4

Evangelism: Equips the person to effectively communicate the story of Jesus Christ so that the unchurched will respond and move toward discipleship. (This person enjoys sharing his/her faith.)
Eph. 4:11-14
II Timothy 4:5
Acts 8:5-6
Acts 8:26-40
Acts 12:21

Shepherding: Equips a person to guide, care for, and nurture individuals or groups in the Body so they can grow in their faith. This person may or may not be an ordained minister; however, this gift assumes a longtime, personal commitment to the spiritual welfare of others.
I Peter 4:11
I Timothy 3:1-7
John 10:1-8
I Peter 5:1-3

d. I Peter 4

Hospitality: Equips a person to enjoy opening his/her home to guests and to provide food, fellowship, or shelter.
Acts 16:14-15
Hebrews 13:1-2
I Peter 4:9
Romans 12:13; 16:23

e. Others Texts on Spiritual Gifts

Intercession: Equips a person to pray for an extended period of time on a regular basis for individuals, both the churched and the unchurched, and for specific ministries of the Body.
Col. 4:12-13
Acts 12:12
Luke 22:41-44
James 5:14-16
I Timothy 2:1-2
Col. 1:9-12

Counseling: Equips a person to effectively listen to people and assist them in their psychological and relational Proverbs journeys toward wholeness.
Matthew 5

Discernment: Equips a person to be able to see through phony individuals and ideas. (People with this gift must take care not to be overly judgmental.)
I John 4:16-18
Matt. 16:21-23
I Cor. 12:10
Acts 5:1-11
Acts 16:16-18

Apostleship: Equips a person to be a church planter, Multiple site pastor and entrepreneurial leader. These people enjoy beginning projects more than f

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