Week 17
Day 114
Spiritual Gifts

In 2 Timothy 1:6, Paul tells Timothy to “fan into flame the gift of God” which was in him. Initially a spark may go unnoticed. If it makes contact with fuel and oxygen, it can be stirred up into a major fire. Similarly, a gift may be that small spark inside of us that needs to be developed and nurtured to reach its full potential. If a fire is neglected, it will die out. Likewise, gifts need to be used if we are to evidence them. The best way to develop gifts, to fan them into flame, is to use them. And as with fires if you put sparks and coals together, it is even easier to start a blaze. That said, as you continue to think of people at Pinedale who match up with the gifts below, realize that they might become perfect mentors for you if you happen to have a similar spiritual gift. Jot down people who come to mind…

Spiritual Gift: Helps

Definition: The gift of Helps is the God-given ability to accomplish practical and necessary, behind the scenes tasks, which free up, support, and meet the needs of others.

Scriptural Reference(s): 1 Cor. 12:28, Rom. 12:7, Acts 9:36, Rom. 16:1-2

Distinctives of this gift:

  • Serve behind the scenes wherever needed.
  • See the tangible and practical things to be done and enjoy doing them.
  • Attach spiritual value to practical service.

Traits of this person: Available, Willing, Reliable, Loyal, Dependable, Whatever-it-takes attitude

Potential Ministry Involvement: Office Helper, Telephoning, Teacher’s Aid, Usher, Clean-Up Projects, Information Center Host

Spiritual Gift: Hospitality

Definition: The gift of Hospitality is the God-given ability to care for people by providing fellowship, food, and lodging.

Scriptural Reference(s): 1 Peter 4:9-10, Rom. 12:13, Luke 10:38

Distinctives of this gift: 

  • Provide an environment where people feel valued and cared for.
  • Seek ways to connect people together into meaningful relationships.
  • Set people at ease in unfamiliar surroundings.

Traits of this person: Friendly, Gracious, Inviting, Trusting, Caring, Responsive, Warm

Potential Ministry Involvement: Small Group Host, Banquet Server, New Member Sponsor, Fellowship Events, Coffee hour host, Greeter, Easter Breakfast

Memory Verses
Primary Verse:

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 4:10
Secondary Verse:

If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 4:11
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