The Inside Column 19/5

Posted in: The Inside Column- May 22, 2013 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to all. If you are visiting with us today, we hope you feel at home and that you enjoy worshipping with us.

As we continue looking at the Holy Spirit, this week we look at the gifts of the Spirit. What are these gifts of the Spirit? How can we know that you have particular gifts of the Spirit? What do we do with these gifts in the church? Are some gifts more important than others?

Each and every believer has been given gifts of the Spirit (Acts 2:38).  In Acts (Chapter 8) and in 1 Corinthians (Chapters 12-14) we see the external gifts of the Holy Spirit manifested. God has given all believers gifts; some have several but everyone has gifts. These gifts of the Spirit are given not for the individual, but for the body of Christ. It is to make the body complete. These gifts are intended for the church. To edify it, to strengthen it, to feed it, to encourage it and to have the body of Christ empowered to do the work of Christ. These gifts are always to exalt Christ, a witness to God’s power, to build up the body.

Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians (Chapter 12) that there are nine gifts of the Spirit. These are:                                                                                                                                   

  1. Words of Wisdom
  2. Words of Knowledge
  3. Faith
  4. Gifts of Healing
  5. Working of Miracles
  6. Prophecy
  7. Discerning of Spirits
  8.  Tongues
  9.  Interpretation of (different) Tongues

 

This is not an exhaustive list of the gifts of the spirit. Romans 12:7-8 also speaks of additional gifts:

 

“if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”

 

Ephesians 4:11 reveals yet more gifts as Paul indicates there are:

“…apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers.”

 

Paul tells us that there are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them and these gifts are given for the common good of the Church. What are your gifts and how are you putting them to work?

 

Yours in Christ

Philip

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