What are Spiritual Gifts?
A spiritual gift is a God-given ability that allows a Christian to work through their lives to help the church advance the gospel. Every one person has natural talents and abilities, however, spiritual gifts are given only to Christians. Each Christian has different gifts and wiring so that the Church needs all Christians to use their gifts in order for the Church to work effectively towards its mission (see 1 Corinthians 12-14).
Spiritual Gift Definitions
The gift of craftsmanship is the divine strength or ability to plan, build, and work with your hands in construction environments to accomplish multiple ministry applications.
2 Chronicles 34:9-13
The Spirit-given ability to communicate God’s truth through visual, written, or performing arts.
2 Samuel 6:14-15
The gift of discernment is the divine strength or ability to spiritually identify falsehood, to distinguish between right and wrong motives and the spiritual forces at work in situations.
1 Corinthians 12:10
1 John 4:1-6
The gift of exhortation is the divine strength or ability to strengthen, comfort or urge others to action through the written or spoken word and Biblical truth.
All Christians are called to evangelize and reach out to the lost, but some are given an extra measure of faith and effectiveness in this area.The gift of evangelism is the divine strength or ability to help non-Christians take the necessary steps to becoming a born-again Christian.
Acts 8:26-40, 14:21, 21:8
The gift of faith is the divine strength or ability to believe in God for unseen supernatural results in every arena of life.
1 Corinthians 12:9
The gift of giving is the divine strength or ability to produce wealth and to give by tithes and offerings for the purpose of advancing the Kingdom of God on earth.
2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 9:2-7
The gift of helps is the divine strength or ability to work in a supportive role for the accomplishment of tasks in Christian ministry with the ability to often see the need before others do.
1 Corinthians 12:28
The gift of hospitality is the divine strength or ability to create warm, welcoming environments for others in places such as your home, office, or church.
Romans 12:13, 16:23
1 Peter 4:9
The gift of intercession is the divine strength or ability to stand in the gap in prayer for someone, something, or someplace, believing for profound results.
Colossians 1:9-12, 4:12-13
The gift of being able to interpret the meaning of those speaking in tongues (see gift of tongues).
1 Corinthians 12:10, 12:30, 14:1-28
The gift of knowledge is the divine strength or ability to bring truth to a situation by supernatural revelation. This is often accompanied by a word from God.
1 Corinthians 12:8
This gift may express itself in task-based, people-based or a combination of both. Task-based leadership is also called administration. The gift of leadership is the ability to direct, organize or mobilize people in order to provide order and growth in the church.
1 Corinthians 12:28
1 Thessalonians 5:12
1 Timothy 3:4-5, 3:12, 5:17
The gift of mercy is the divine strength or ability to feel empathy and to care for those who are hurting in any way.
1 Thessalonians 5:14
The gift of prophecy is the divine strength or ability to communicate God’s truth and heart in a way that calls people to a right relationship with God.
Acts 2:37-40, 7:51-53, 26:24-29
1 Corinthians 14:1-4
1 Thessalonians 1:5
The gift of shepherding (or pastoring) is the divine strength or ability to care for the personal needs of others by nurturing and mending life issues.
1 Timothy 3:1-7
1 Peter 5:1-3
The gift of teaching is the divine strength or ability to study and learn from the Scriptures primarily to bring understanding and depth to other Christians.
Acts 18:24-28, 20:20-21
1 Corinthians 12:28
The gift of tongues is the divine strength or ability to pray in a heavenly language to encourage your spirit and to commune with God. There is also the gift of being able to speak miraculously in a non-native language.
1 Corinthians 12:10, 14:1-14
The gift of wisdom is the divine strength or ability to understand and to bring clarity to situations and circumstances often through applying the truths of Scripture in a practical way.
1 Corinthians 2:6-13, 12:8