KINGDOM DISCOVERY – SPIRITUAL GIFTS – Lesson 2
June 12, 2021
Bishop Dr. Ethan Ogletree Sr.
HOW TO IDENTIFY AND EFFECTIVELY USE THEM
“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all.” ~ 1 Corinthians 12:4 (NLT)
Learning our spiritual gift(s) is a fun subject because we get to discover something about ourselves that we may not have known before.
1. A spiritual gift is something God has chosen SPECIFICALLY for you so that you can help with the advancement of the church on earth by serving and using your ability.
“But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.” Ephesians 4:7 (NIV)
God is calling you, equipping you and preparing you according to His purpose.
“When the fruit of your service is out of all proportion to the gifts you possess, THAT is Blessing!” ~ Watchman Nee
• God has chosen people to do his WORK. He chose this course of action for reasons only he knows and understands.
The sky’s the limit concerning what God could have done. He could have chosen angels to speak to lost humanity.
As we seek to follow and be used by Jesus Christ, we need to utilize all that he has made available to us. One of the great blessings Jesus has given to his church and to us as individuals is the gifts of the Spirit.
2. Spiritual Gifts Enable Us to GROW in the of Christ.
Some people get sidetracked with spiritual gifts and become more obsessed with the gifts than with Jesus. Believers begin to follow signs and wonders, instead of signs and wonders following believers. This is a sign of spiritual immaturity. The Christian writer/preacher A. B. Simpson wrote these insightful words:
• Once it was the blessing, now it is the Lord.
• Once it was the feeling, now it is His Word.
• Once his gifts I wanted, now the Giver own.
• Once I sought for healing, now himself alone.
3. Spiritual Gifts Are to Be .
It is possible to let a gift go unused. It must be insulting to God for us to demean some gift his Holy Spirit has instilled in our life by saying that it just isn’t important enough to use.
4. Each Spiritual Gift Has a in the Body of Christ.
Every gift that God has placed in the body of Christ, the church, is important. God has given all of these gifts to build up his church. None of these gifts should be looked down upon or treated lightly.
“Give your hands to serve, and your hearts to Love.” ~ Mother Teresa
“Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.” Romans 12:4-5 (NLT).
So, what are the spiritual gifts that God has given to his people?
ADMINISTRATION: The ability to help steer the church, or a ministry, toward the successful completion of God-given goals, with skills in planning, organization, and supervision.
APOSTLE: A person sent to new places with the gospel. You may have heard of missionaries going to different countries to help spread the Word; they could be described as apostles. An apostle can also provide leadership to other churches or ministries and offer advice on spiritual matters.
DISCERNMENT: The wisdom to recognize truth from untruth by correctly evaluating whether a behavior or teaching is from God or another ungodly source.
EVANGELISM: The ability to successfully communicate the message of the Gospel, especially to nonbelievers.
EXHORTATION: Competence in offering encouragement, comfort and support to help someone be all that God wants them to be.
FAITH: People with this gift have such confidence in the power and promises of God that they can stand strong in their belief, no matter what may shake them. They can also stand up for the church and their faith in such a way as to defend and move it forward.
GIVING: Those who have this gift are particularly willing and able to share the resources they have with pleasure, and without the need to see them returned.
HEALING: A capability used by God to restore others, be that physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually.
HELPS: Someone with this gift is able to support or assist members of the body of Christ so that they may be able to minister to others.
HOSPITALITY: A natural ability to make people—even strangers—feel welcome in one’s own home or church as a means to disciple or serve them.
KNOWLEDGE: This is the gift of someone who actively pursues knowledge of the Bible. This person may also enjoy analyzing biblical data.
LEADERSHIP: This aptitude marks a person who is able to stand before a church, to direct the body with care and attention, and to motivate them toward achieving the church’s goals.
MERCY: This is the defining trait of a person with great sensitivity for those who are suffering. It manifests itself in offering compassion and encouragement, and in a love for giving practical help to someone in need.
PROPHECY: The ability to speak the message of God to others. This sometimes involves foresight or visions of what is to come. This skill should be used only to offer encouragement or warning.
SERVING: A talent for identifying tasks needed for the body of Christ and using available resources to get the job done.
SPEAKING IN TONGUES: The supernatural ability to speak in another language (one that has not been learned).
TEACHING: The skill to teach from the Bible and communicate it effectively for the understanding and spiritual growth of others.
WISDOM: The gift of being able to sort through facts and data to discover what needs to be done for the church.
It should be noted that not every Christian believes all these spiritual gifts are still given by God. Some think there were certain gifts, such as speaking in tongues, that were handed down only for a time when they were needed in biblical history are no longer needed now.
How do we determine which gifts God has given us?
• As you were reading through the descriptions above, did any resonate with you? Perhaps that could be the gift or gifts you have been given.
• You can ask your Christian friends which gifts they identify in you—very often they can see what you cannot and can observe which skills God has divinely assigned to you.
• You can pray about it; if we ask God to lead us toward whatever gifts He has given us, He can make it clearer to us.
• Some churches offer spiritual gifts classes to help you discover yours. Ask a leader at a church if this is something they offer.
It’s very easy to lose sight of Jesus while we’re in pursuit of our spiritual gifts.
“Unless we are willing to pay the price and sacrifice time and attention and what appear legitimate or necessary duties, for the sake of the heavenly gifts we need not look for a large experience of the power of the heavenly world in our work.” ~ Andrew Murray
“There is nothing small in the service of God.” ~ Saint Francis De Sales
Once you determine which gift or gifts you have, start using them to glorify God. By using your spiritual gifts to volunteer in a ministry or around your church, you are moving the Kingdom of God forward. And that applies no matter how small the job may seem.
The best place to start is at your church: ask a leader where volunteers are needed and see what might fit your gifting.
For example, if you have the gift of mercy, a hospital or prison ministry may be the right place for you. Or if you have the gift of hospitality, greeting new people or setting up for events may be the best fit. The gift of exhortation could make you an amazing addition to a prayer ministry.
Now go and discover what gifts God has given you, and make sure to use those gifts in the Kingdom!