Identification of Gifts (Part 3)


a. Hospitality

Hospitality is the ability to provide an open house and a warm welcome to those in need of food, lodging, or fellowship in a way that people feel loved and accepted.

1 Pet. 4:8-9 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. (9) Be hospitable to one another without complaint.

b. Tongues

Tongues is the ability to speak in an actual existing language, one has never previously learned, in order to communicate an immediate message from God.

Acts 2:6 And when this sound occurred, the crowd came together, and were bewildered because each one of them was hearing them speak in his own language.

Acts 10:44-46 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message. (45) All the circumcised believers who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. (46) For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God.

1 Cor. 14:22 So then tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers

1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

c. Interpretation of Tongues

Interpretation of tongues is the ability to understand a previously unlearned language and make it known in the presence of those assembled.

1 Cor. 12:10 to another different kinds of tongues; and to another the interpretation of tongues:

1 Cor. 14:22 So then tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers

1 Cor. 14:27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, it should be by two or at the most three, and each in turn, and one must interpret;

1 Cor. 14:19 however, in the church I desire to speak five words with my mind so that I may instruct others also, rather than ten thousand words in a tongue.

d. Knowledge

Knowledge is the ability to discover, accumulate, analyze, and organize biblical information and ideas that are pertinent to the growth and well being of the church.

Eph. 3:3-6 (NASB) 3 that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief. 4 By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit; 6 to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel,

e. Leadership

Leadership is the ability to establish and set God ordained goals to motivate other believers to harmoniously work towards their accomplishment.

Rom. 12:8 or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence

Heb. 13:7 Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.

1 Tim. 5:17 The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.

f. Mercy

Mercy is the ability to feel genuine empathy for those who suffer and to translate that compassion into cheerfully done deeds that reflect Christ’s love in order to help alleviate that suffering.

Rom. 12:8 he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

g. Miracles

Miracles is the ability to serve as a human intermediary through whom it pleases God to perform powerful acts that alter the course of nature.

2 Cor. 12:12 The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by signs and wonders and miracles.

Rom. 15:18-19 For I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me, resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed, (19) in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit; so that from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

Heb. 2:4 God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.

2 Thess. 2:9 that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders,

Matt. 24:24 “For false Christ’s and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.

Acts 9:36-42
Acts 20:7-12
Acts 28:1-6
Acts 5:5-11
Acts 13:11

h. Pastor/Teacher

Pastor/Teacher is the ability to assume long term pastoral responsibility to effectively guide, feed and protect a flock of followers of Christ.

Eph. 4:11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,

Tit. 1:9 holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.

Acts 20:28-31 “Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. (29) “I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; (30) and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. (31) “Therefore be on the alert,

i. Prophecy

Prophecy is the ability to communicate the word of God with authority and power in a way that brings conviction via the truth and people’s lives are changed.

Deut. 18:20, 22 ‘But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die. (22) “When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.

Ezek. 13:2 “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to those who prophesy from their own inspiration, ‘Listen to the word of the LORD!

Acts 11:28 One of them named Agabus stood up and began to indicate by the Spirit that there would certainly be a great famine all over the world. And this took place in the reign of Claudius.

1 Cor. 14:29-33 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others pass judgment. (30) But if a revelation is made to another who is seated, the first one must keep silent. (31) For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all may be exhorted; (32) and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets; (33) for God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.

1 Cor. 14:32 and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets;

j. Serving (helps)

Serving is the ability to identify unmet needs involved in a task related to God’s work and makes use of resources in order to meet those needs.

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.

k. Teaching

Teaching is the ability to communicate biblical truth relevant to the health and ministry of the body in such a way that others learn and are edified.

Heb. 5:12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.

Jas. 3:1 Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.

l. Wisdom

Wisdom is the ability to understand how biblical knowledge may best be applied to needs arising in the body of Christ.

1 Cor. 12:8 For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit;

Jas. 1:5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

1 Cor. 13:1-3 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. (2) If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. (3) And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.


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