Identification of Gifts (Part 1)

 Identification of Gifts


a. 1 Corinthians 12

b. Romans 12 c. Ephesians 4 d. 1 Peter 4


a. The list of gifts is far from complete

b. The list is complete in terms of types of gifts

c. The lists of spiritual gifts are complete


a. Administration

1 Cor. 12:28 And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues. Administration is the ability to give wise direction for immediate and long range goals in the work of God, so as to devise and execute a plan to accomplish that goal.

b. Apostleship Apostleship is the ability seen in those believers who are especially endowed by God to start and to strengthen new churches.

Matt. 10:1 Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.

2 Cor. 12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle were shown among you in all patience, by signs and wonders and mighty works.

Phil. 2:25 But I thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger and minister to my need;

2 Corinthians 8:23 (NASB) As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker among you; as for our brethren, they are messengers of the churches, a glory to Christ.

c. Discernment of Spirits Discernment of Spirits is the ability to distinguish between truth and error, good and evil, the spirit of God and the spirit of anti-christ so that you know with assurance whether the behavior is worldly, satanic or from God.

1 Jn. 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Heb. 5:12 For when by reason of the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need again that some one teach you the rudiments of the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of solid food.

2 Tim. 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure the sound doctrine; but, having itching ears, will heap to themselves teachers after their own lusts; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and turn aside unto fables.

d. Evangelism Evangelism is the ability to share the gospel with unbelievers in such a way that men and women become disciples and responsible members of the Body of Christ.

2 Tim. 4:5 (NASB) But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

e. Exhortation Exhortation is the ability to minister words of counsel, encouragement, consolation and comfort in such a way that people feel helped or see the need to change their behavior.

1 Tim. 4:13 Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching.

1 Thess. 2:11 (NASB) just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children,

f. Faith

Faith is the ability to discern with extra-ordinary confidence the will and purposes of God for the future and to act on this in trust.

Eph. 2:8-9 (NASB) 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Gal. 5:22-23 (NASB) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Heb. 12:2 looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising shame, and hath sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Heb. 11:7-10 By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. (8) By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. (9) By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; (10) for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.


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