Spiritual Gifts

The purpose of spiritual gifts is twofold: (1) to unify Christians in their faith and (2) to produce growth within the church, both spiritual and numerical. These gifts are to be used out of love for one another and others, and in service to one another and others. We do not choose which gifts we will receive. God bestows them upon us through the work of the Holy Spirit.

Administration

The gift that enables a believer to formulate, direct, and carry out plans necessary to fulfill a purpose.                                                                                    

            Biblical References: I Corinthians 12:28, Acts 14:23.

Artistry

The gift that gives the believer the skill of creating artistic expressions that produce a spiritual response of strength and inspiration.                                                       

            Biblical References: Exodus 31:1-11, Psalm 149:3a.

Discernment

The gift that motivates a believer to seek God's will and purpose and apply that understanding to individual and congregational situations.                               

            Biblical References: John 16:6-15, Romans 9:1, I Corinthians 2:9-16.

Evangelism

The gift that moves believers to reach nonbelievers in such a way that they are baptized and become active members of the Christian community.            

            Biblical References: Matthew 28:16-20, Ephesians 4:11- 16, Acts 2:36-40.

Exhortation

The gift that moves the believer to reach out with Christian love and presence to people in personal conflict of facing a spiritual void.

            Biblical References: John 14:1, II Timothy 1:16-18, III John 5-8.

Faith

The gift that gives a believer the eyes to see the Spirit at work and the ability to trust the Spirit's leading without indication of where it all might lead.

            Biblical References: Genesis 12:1-4a, Mark 5:25-34, I Thessalonians 1:8-10.

Giving

The gift that enables a believer to recognize God's blessings and to respond to those blessings by generously and sacrificially giving of one's resources (time, talent, and treasure).

            Biblical References: II Corinthians 9:6-15, Luke 21:1-4.

Healing

This gift guides the believer through the laying on of hands and prayer to bring healing to others.

            Biblical References: II Kings 5, I Corinthians 12:9 & 28, Acts 9:32.

Hospitality

The gift that causes a believer to joyfully welcome and receive guests and those in need of food and lodging.                  

            Biblical References: Romans 12:13, Romans 16:23a, Luke 10:38.

Intercession

The gift that enables a believer to pray with the certainty that prayer is heard and when requests are made, answers will come.                                                   

            Biblical References: Matthew 6:6-15, Luke 11:1-10, Ephesians 6:18.

Knowledge

The gift that drives a person to learn, analyze and uncover new insights with regard to the Bible and faith.                                               

            Biblical References: I Corinthians 12:8; I Corinthians 14:6, Romans 12:2.

Leadership

the gift that gives a believer the confidence to step forward, give direction and provide motivation to fulfill a dream or complete a task

            Biblical References: Romans 12:8, John 21:15-17, II Timothy 4:1-5.

Mercy

the gift that motivates a believer to feel deeply for those in physical, spiritual, or emotional need and then act to meet that need.                                                   

           Biblical References: Luke 7:12-15, Luke 10:30-37, Matthew 25:34-36.

Music-Vocal

the gift that gives a believer the capability and opportunity to present personal witness and inspiration to others through singing.                                      

           Biblical References: Psalm 96:1-9, Psalm 100:1-2, Psalm 149:1-2.

Music-Instrumental

the gift that inspires a believer to express personal faith and provide inspiration and comfort through the playing of a musical instrument.                    

            Biblical References: Psalm 33:1-5, Psalm 150, I Samuel 16:14-23.

Pastoring

the gift that gives a believer the confidence, capability and compassion to provide spiritual leadership and direction for individuals or groups of believers.        

            Biblical References: I Timothy 4:12-16, I Timothy 3:1-13, II Timothy 4:1-2.

Prophecy

this gift inspires the believer to express a call to the community to reassess their path.  Often a call to return to faithfulness.

            Biblical References: The Books of the Prophets, I Corinthians 12:6, 1 Timothy 4:14.

Service

This gift inspires the believer to express a call to the community to reassess their path.  Often a call to return to faithfulness.

            Biblical References: The Books of the Prophets, I Corinthians 12:6, 1 Timothy 4:14.

Skilled Craft

The gift that enables a believer to work gladly behind the scenes in order that God's work is fulfilled.             Biblical References: Luke 23:50-54, Romans 16:1-16, Philippians 2:19-23.

Speaking in & Interpreting Tongues

This gift inspires the believer to glorify God in an unknown language. When one speaks in tongues an interpreter must be present.

            Biblical References: I Corinthians 12:10, I Corinthians 14 5-6 & 21-23.

Teaching

The gift that enables a believer to communicate a personal understanding of the Bible and faith in such a way that it becomes clear and understood by others.       

            Biblical References: I Corinthians 12:28, Matthew 5:1-12,   Acts 18:24-48.

Wisdom

The gift that allows the believer to sort through opinions, facts and thoughts in order to determine what solution would be best for the individual believer or the community of believers.                                               Biblical References: I Corinthians 2:6-13, James 3:13-18, II Chronicles 1:7-11.

Writing

The gift that gives a believer the ability to express truth in a written form; a form that can edify, instruct and strengthen the community of believers.                                    

            Biblical References: I John 2:1-6, 12-14, I Timothy 3:14-15, Jude 3.