Week 17
Day 118
Spiritual Gifts

Spiritual gifts tests can be useful tools which help you identify your spiritual gifts. Once you are able to label your gifts, you can go on to better understand and develop them. Gift inventories, however, can be fallible. First, they are man-made not divinely inspired. They are based on someone’s interpretation of what the individual gifts are and how they are defined. Tests usually have a number of statements that describe each gift. Varying opinions do exist regarding different gifts. Consequently, tests may have a given bent based on the theology or understanding of the person who designed the test. Second, the test is taken by human beings who may be influenced in their responses by a variety of factors which could hinder accuracy. Therefore, use any spiritual gifts analysis as a tool rather than an end. Test the results through prayer and further experience in ministry areas utilizing the gifts you are said to possess. Seek God’s confirmation. Let Him have the final word. Again, list some people within our church who you believe exhibit these gifts.

Spiritual Gift: Teaching

Definition: The gift of Teaching is the God-given ability to understand, clearly explain, and apply the Word of God, in such a way that it is clearly understood by others.

Scriptural Reference(s): Rom 12:7, 1 Cor. 12:28-29, Acts 18:24-28

Distinctives of this gift:

  • Give attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Prepare through extended times of study and reflection.
  • Challenge listeners simply and practically with the truths of Scripture.

Traits of this person: Disciplined, Perceptive, Teachable, Authoritative, Practical, Analytical, Articulate

Potential Ministry Involvement: Adult Teaching Leader, Small Group Leader, Youth/Children’s Teacher, Education Committee

Spiritual Gift: Wisdom

Definition: The gift of Wisdom is the God-given ability to apply spiritual truth effectively to meet a need in a specific situation.

Scriptural Reference(s): 1 Cor. 12:8, James 3:13-18, 1 Cor. 2:3-5

Distinctives of this gift: 

  • Focus on the unseen consequences in determining the next steps to take.
  • Provide God-given solutions in the midst of conflict and confusion.
  • Apply spiritual truth in specific and practical ways.

Traits of this person: Sensible, Insightful, Practical, Wise, Fair, Experienced

Potential Ministry Involvement: Board/Committee Member, Counseling, Mentor, Marriage Enrichment, Counseling

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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