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Spiritual Gifts: Background June 30, 2012

Some spiritual gifts put people front-and-center. Others are less conspicuous, more as a supportive gift than a lead gift.

Background: exhortation, service, discernment, helps, celibacy, hospitality, faith, giving, mercy.

Exhortation: To encourage others and motivate them toward a positive relationship with God.

  1. Bible Verse: Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV84)
  2. Example: “Liza” is a really encouraging person. She always knows just what to say.
  3. Remember: This is a real gift. But only give advice if it’s solicited.

Service: To serve God and others through different jobs that need to be done.

  1. Bible Verse: There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. (1 Corinthians 12:5, 6 NIV84)
  2. Example: You should call “Darius” and ask him to help out at the campus work day this Saturday. He’s a great handyman, and happy to do church work./li>;;
  3. Remember: Even though you may not feel important at times, remember that the body of Christ doesn’t function without behind-the-scenes work.

Discernment: To be able to tell the difference between teachings that are from God and teachings that aren’t.

  1. Bible Verse: Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. (1 John 4:1-3 NIV84)
  2. Example: “Olivia” has a problem with people who misinterpret the Bible and then tell others false teachings based on misinformation. She has a way of being able to take the right path, almost like a faithGPS./li>;;
  3. Remember: If you have this gift . . . Follow your instinct!

Helps: To assist other in their roles as believers.

  1. Bible Verse: Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. (Philippians 2:4 NIV84)
  2. Example: Maybe “Norman” could help you clean up the fellowship hall tonight. He’s rarely busy on weeknights.
  3. Remember: If you can offer your assistance, then offer it. People really appreciate it.

Celibacy: To exemplify abstinence and modesty.

  1. Bible Verse: Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. (1 Peter 3:3, 4 NIV84)
  2. Example: Your mom always asks you why you can’t be more like “Kelsey”. Kelsey is the most innocent person you know. She doesn’t listen to songs with a lot of swearing, and she doesn’t plaster her face with makeup. Something about a “personal choice” . . .
  3. Remember: Just because you’re modest doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. It is possible to be modest to the point of fussiness.

Hospitality: To welcome people into your home/church if others need a place to stay or host something.

  1. Bible Verse: Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. (Romans 12:13 NIV84)
  2. Example: “Mack” and “Isabelle” are awesome. They host the young adult bible study every week.
  3. Remember: Do what you can. There’s no need to feel obligated to host something if you’re unable to.

Faith: To trust God in your day-to-day life.

  1. Bible Verse: Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. (Hebrews 11:1, 3 NIV84)
  2. Example: Even though “Abbas” was going to be executed for being a Christian, he had faith that wherever he ended up, God would be with him.
  3. Remember: This is arguable the most vital spiritual gift. Ever believer has it.

Giving: To give what you can to assist the church and others.

  1. Bible Verse: Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. (2 Corinthians 9:7, 12 NIV84)
  2. Example: My daughters are both givers. “Zoey” gives her time to volunteer at the homeless shelters. “Kristy” is a famous actress and donates her money to community outreach programs.
  3. Remember: Give what you can. Sadly resources have their end.

Mercy: To be compassionate and demonstrate love in action, satisfying the immediate needs of someone.

  1. Bible Verse: But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace‑loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. (James 3:17 NIV84)
  2. Example: “George” has a real gift for being able to drop everything and come to a friend in need.
  3. Remember: There’s a difference between using your gift of mercy and being an enabler. Try not to get taken advantage of.

And that finishes off the list of spiritual gifts! I’ll have this wrapped up about the middle of next week, so I’d be happy to take topic suggestions.

God be with you, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

The Jesus Freak Girl


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