SPIRITUAL GIFTS

ADMINISTRATION 

The gift of administration carries the idea of someone who identifies the necessary steps for  a group to acheive a goal.  The Holy Spirit enables you to organize and implement plans to lead others in various ministries.  This gift is closely related to leadership but is more task and detail oriented.

(1 Corinthians 12:28)

DISCERNMENT

The gift of discernment enables you to judge a statement, situation, or environment as being good or evil.  This gift allows you to clearly recognize the influence of God on the world in order to warn against false teaching or encourage sound teaching.

(1 Corinthians 12:10)

EVANGELISM

The gift of evangelism is the supernatural ability to communicate the gospel in clear and attractive ways. You are burdened by those who have not experienced the hope and joy of a relationship with Jesus Christ and will go out of your way to lovingly share truth with them.

(Ephesians 4:11)

EXHORTATION

The gift of exhortation is also called the gift of encouragement.  God gives this gift to uplift, strengthen, and motivate others who are wavering in their faith.  You provide timely rebukes or encouragements that result in spiritual growth and action.

(Romans 12:8)

FAITH

The spiritual gift of faith is designed to build up confidence in God.  You trust God is real and good, take Him at His word, and gladly put the full weight of your life in His hands.  You expect God to move and are not surprised when He answers a prayer or performs a miracle.

(1 Corinthians 12:9)

GIVING

The gift of giving is imparted to meet various needs, which gives credit to a loving God for the provision.  You are consistently generous and an excellent steward of the resources God has given you.  You gladly adjust your lifestyle in order to give more.​​​​​​​

(Romans 12:8)

HEALING

The gift of healing does not guarantee that you will be able to heal anyone you desire, but you are not deterred when God chooses not to heal.  You are compassionate toward the ill and injured, praying over them regularly.  You yearn for a day when sin will no longer devastate people.​​​​​​​

(1 Corinthians 12:9)

HOSPITALITY

The gift of hospitality compels you to joyfully use your resources like your home, food, money, and creativity to refresh others.  Having this gift does not depend on having many resources but on a generous attitude with what you do have.

(1 Peter 4:9)

HELPS

The gift of helps is a passion to assist a person--coming alongside them in ways that enable them to shine.  You are content being in the background doing things that enable another to get the spotlight. 

(1 Corinthians 12:28)

LEADERSHIP

The gift of leadership enables you to provide clear direction and compelling goals for a group.  You have a deep concern for people and base your success on how well you help others reach their potential.  God gifts you to see the big picture and help people remember and love the purposes of God.

(Romans 12:8)

MERCY

The gift of mercy produces supernatural empathy for others in their suffering.  You are able to come alongside them for extended periods of time to see them through their healing process. You are very content to listen and “be there.”

(Romans 12:8)

PASTOR

The gift of pastor is also called the Shepherd gift, and is about caring for the spiritual well-being of people.  You love the gospel, gladly put it at the center of your life, and have burden for others to do the same.  You are eager to serve others in ways that motivate and strengthen them to draw near to God with a sincere heart.

(Ephesians 4:11)

PROPHECY

The gift of prophecy enables you to receive a specific and powerful message from God to share it clearly with someone else.

(1 Corinthians 12:10)

SERVING

The gift of serving energizes a group as you fill important gaps, freeing others to use their own spiritual gifts to the fullest.  You do not want the spotlight but are delighted to fill a need when you see a need.  Even when the need is out of your area of expertise, you enjoy providing help.

(Romans 12:7)

TEACHING

The gift of teaching carries a responsibility to steward the word of God.  The Spirit gives this gift to some to make clear both the meaning and applications of scripture.  You love the truth and desire to speak the truth in love.  You believe when people know what God is saying and why He is saying it, their lives will be forever changed.

(Ephesians 4:11)

WISDOM

The gift of wisdom is the ability to judge situations accurately.   You have a deep and wide well of experiences from which to draw Godly advice and insights.  You can often see through the confusion of a situation and provide helpful direction.

(1 Corinthians 12:8)


SPIRITUAL TEMPERAMENTS

(Sacred Pathways: Discover Your Soul’s Path to God by Gary Thomas © 1996)

ACTIVIST

     • You feel closest to God when taking a stand

     • You admire Moses—killed an Egyptian, rescued women, confronted Pharaoh

     • John 2:15 “Jesus made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts”

     • You are not satisfied with playing it safe (seems weak), love risks

ASCETIC

     • Quiet is when connection occurs (all mothers of young kids are ascetics)

     • You are distracted by lots of stimulus

     • Psalm 46:10  “Be still and know I am God”

     • You love prayer rooms & moments of silence in church services

CAREGIVER

     • Matt 20:28 “Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve”

     • Filling any need fills your soul, makes you feel like you’ve been with God

     • You do not like attention or lots of credit but prefer being behind the scenes

CONTEMPLATIVE

     • Luke 10:39  “Mary sat at the Lord’s feet…has chosen what is better”

     • You think of a relationship with God as a romance, bible as a love letter

     • Prayer is easy and familiar for you

     • You love to journal your thoughts and feelings

ENTHUSIAST

     • Psalm 98:4 “Shout for joy to the Lord, burst into jubilant song”

     • You are fed by the expectancy and mystery of faith (God will do something but not sure what)

     • You are God’s cheerleaders

INTELLECTUAL

     • Romans 12:2  “be transformed by the renewing of your mind”

     • You feel closest when you learn something new about God

     • You enjoy taking notes during everything, your bible is full of writing

NATURALIST

        • You connect to God through creation     

        • Mountains are not just enjoyable, they are worshipful

        • Psalm 96:11-12 “ let the sea resound, let the fields be jubilant, let the trees sing”

SENSATE

        • You connect to God through your five senses

        • All forms of beauty (sights, sounds, scent) point to God

        • Ezekiel sees brilliant light, feels wind, hears rumbling, tastes sweet scripture

        • Special music, good communion bread, and painting during music are moving to you

TRADITIONALIST

        • You connect to God through religious ritual and symbols

        • Religious practices are not to earn approval but to nourish your faith

        • Acts 21:26 “Paul took the men and purified himself along with them”

        • You know and enjoy observing the Christian calendar